March 15, 2010

I Laugh in the Face of Danger

Well, it's taken a long time, but I think I finally have come to full acceptance of Melissa's disease now.

We were at the Battle N Brew on Wednesday with some friends for their Geek Triva Wednesdays. I've taken Mel there three times I think, and the crowd there was pretty awesome about it. People there thought it was cool how she typed with her computer, and when I had to give her some water in her food tube, one patron joked "COOL! Is that VODKA?" The people there are helpful when we're trying to navigate the doorways and give us the space we need to accommodate her wheelchair.

Last week, it was also a celebration of lots of people's birthdays in the group, so there was cake and cake and cupcakes. And bless Mommagorn, she brought a Blender and had her son get some milk so we could blend up a Cake Shake for Mel to take in her Tube. We just plugged in a blender at our table and let that sucker go. And everybody in the place seemed to be cool with that. :)

Then came the moment of realization. The category of the question was "Disease". Given the history of the questions, I was expecting it to be something funny or movie-related. The question was read out: "Name the most famous person to have the following disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. This was also the first person to be on a box of Wheaties."

The room fell strangely silent. And I could not help it, I let out the biggest belly laugh I've had in a very long time. I was the only one laughing. They all probably thought I was off my nut, but I couldn't help it. THIS I know about. I do know quite a bit of trivia about this particular topic, yes. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS. Lou Gehrig's Disease. We put down "Lou Gehrig " on our answer sheet, with the previous answer of "The girl at our table" scratched out.

I think the manager was lobbing our team a softball question, or maybe trying to educate the room a bit about her.

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