This story starts about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving a number of years ago.
I had taken our young son in for a check up that included basic blood work. A few days later the doctor called and said they wanted to re-check his blood as his white count was very high. I took him back in and this time his count was even higher. Now the doctor is truly concerned and tells me that she has made an appointment for right after Thanksgiving for our son to see an oncologist. She has to consider that the high cell count might mean he has leukemia. Needless to say, our world collapsed. To make matters worse, we were to have a house of guests in a few days for Thanksgiving.
My husband and I were going to cancel the dinner but decided that since we were not telling our son anything at that point, we needed to keep life as normal as possible until we knew what was going on and the dinner must go on.
My MIL, to put it politely, is a difficult person. She uses a plate, it’s left on the table….wet towels and her dirty clothes are left on the bathroom floor. Her crumpled tissues fall and stay where they fell. She is a high maintenance houseguest at best.
I numbly went through the motions of getting ready for the holiday. My MIL who knew what was going on, watched me get up at dawn to start cooking. She sat, drank coffee and chatted at me as I worked, but as always, did not lift a finger to help.
By the time we had eaten and some of the guests had left, I was drained but started to haul stuff into the kitchen. My MIL looked at me and told me that I looked just exhausted. By the way she said it, I was sure she was going to tell me that she would clear the table. Instead her suggestion was that I should sit down and relax for a while before I started to clean up.
On a positive note, our son was ok! The oncologist drew blood and said that our son’s count had come down to an acceptable level and that he probably had had an inflammation somewhere in his body that triggered his high count. It was low enough he did not even feel the need for a follow up visit! 1007-12