Quick Update

pupJust a quickie tonight because guess what? I’m tired!

Today is “Thursdays on the First” here in Rochester. (That’s not the right name, but John and I are blanking). First refers to the street, and every Thursday during the summer, people gather on the street near the Mayo Clinic to eat from vendors and listen to music and just hang out. It’s so nice and the weather is perfect. John and I ate at an outdoor restaurant, then wandered around eating gelato and taking pictures. The only picture I liked (that I took) was of this adorable shelter dog (“Jeffery”) looking for an adoptive family. It’s good I don’t live closer or he might have to come home with me.

Things are going well! I still have another result to get, but I’m feeling very optimistic that I am just fine. It’s hard for me to express how grateful I am for this opportunity, because the answers I’m getting are indeed new and different from any I’ve received before. And so far, I like them better!

Being in a huge medical setting makes me remember with some longing how much I loved being a medical social worker. I’ve been so lucky to have had two careers I adore. I hope I’ll have time some day to volunteer in a hospital.

And finally, for those of you who think I’m so brave, I flunked the oven test! Apparently begging to be released before I reached an internal temperature of 100.4 degrees made the test useless, so that torture was for naught. If I had it to do over again. . . well, I don’t ever want to have to do it over again!

‘Night all.


  1. janet jone on August 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    So glad to hear that things are going well.

  2. Cindy on August 5, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I just love reading your blogs. I didn’t even know they were on here until you put something up on facebook about Rochester. I’m so happy. Now I can go all the way back to read all those wonderful mini stories that you put on the blogs. And just saying, I’m pretty sure the heat in the oven test is a heck of alot different than the sunshine….smiles. Oh, and what did you think of Minnesota?

  3. Ann on August 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    So glad to hear that you are liking the answers you are getting.
    I don’t think I would have entered that oven – so don’t think of it as flunking the test – you at least tried.

  4. Diane Chamberlain on August 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

    If you can lay on the beach for an hour on a really, really hot day (without worrying about a sunburn), you could do this test. I’ve never lasted more than 5 minutes baking on the beach, though.

  5. Margo on August 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

    So glad you’re getting good answers Diane…hopefully you’ll be heading home with a big smile.
    I love Jeffrey!…I’d rescue him myself but it would not be fair to Kramer…he only wants Gary & Me and will not tolerate another animal.
    I still say you were very brave to go into that oven…I bet most people don’t last the entire time…actually, you’re very brave taking all these tests at Mayo…it takes alot of courage I think.
    Now its time to go home with John & The Midwife…I’m so happy they were both there with you.

  6. Diane Chamberlain on August 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Cindy, I’ve only gotten to see this tiny bit of Minnesota, but I just love it. The people are so nice, the weather has been perfect (it’s summer, after all!), Rochester is amazing and clean and they’ve done such a great job blending the old architecture with the new and making it an easy city to get around in. If I ever have to come to Mayo again, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

  7. brenda on August 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I could not have stood the heat or the closed atmosphere…I would have failed miserably too. Glad you are getting the results you want.

  8. Diane Chamberlain on August 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    We’re packing up to leave tomorrow. Great, productive trip, but so ready to get home to the pups!

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