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Moment to cherish: Tasty Kabob

Because Vidaza doesn’t affect my appetite much, I am able to enjoy Tasty Kabob when the truck shows up in my neck of the woods. I was hoping the truck would show up tonight, and it did!

Kebob bannerI’m not sure why it’s called “Kabob,” as there are no sticks involved, but it sure is tasty. And, at this point, the guy in the truck recognizes me and puts on two gloves so he won’t absent-mindedly backhand the foil with his ungloved hand before he puts my gyros into it.

Enough yumminess for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow!

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Handwashing to the Oldies: Amazing Grace

Background: If you’re immunocompromised or hanging out with someone who is, you’ll be wanting to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds fairly often. You can time this by singing “Happy Birthday to You” twice, but that can get old fast…

Ok, you should probably test this one yourself, as this classic hymn can be sung to a wide variety of tempos. However, at the tempo I naturally fall into, I hit the 20-second mark after “now am found”:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,

Needless to say, I encourage you to continue to sing even as you start to rinse:
Was blind, but now I see.

Everyone can use a little Amazing Grace!

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Handwashing to the Oldies! First Song: “Let It Be.”

When your immune system is way below normal, as mine is as a side effect of the treatment I’m getting, handwashing is extremely important. One simple way to time things to make sure you lather for the recommended 20 seconds is to sing “Happy Birthday to You” twice.

Simple–and, after a while, incredibly, profoundly annoying.

After I started feeling like I’d got stuck in the “Small Small World” ride at Disney, only with soap instead of animatronic multicultural moppets, my boyfriend mentioned that he used another song. Bingo. Now I’m on a mission to have as large a variety of handwashing songs as possible. One favorite is “Let It Be.” I have the Aretha Franklin version in my head, but I think it’s basically the same tempo as the Beatles version that is probably in your head.

You can go with either of the two following segments:

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When I find myself in times of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom: Let it be.
And in my hour of darkness,
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom: Let it be.

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And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until the morrow: Let it be
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom: Let it be.

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Actually, you can start rinsing during the last three words.

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