Renu's Week

Monday, April 30, 2007

Report of 30 April 2007

Hello from one foot out the door -

How are you all? I am getting ready to head home, but not before some endless shopping for my sons. They have sent fairly reasonable lists, but there are also nieces/nephews/sibs to shop for, I abhor shopping as baseline, and the chore is onerous whether the lists are reasonable or not.

This has been a good week: got to round w/ Dr. Love and enjoyed it as always. There were plenty of kindnesses from people that I have not yet acknowledged: Greg Freeman in San Antonio, who let me hang around his cardiology practice; Isabel Rodgriguez, who attended my talk and gave me a ton of tote bags and purses to take home; Linda and Richard Luduena, who gave a hefty financial contribution to me; Linda and David Johnson, who handed me a huge amount of candy for the 3 Weiss men; Mary George, who got the boys Spurs shirts; Dr. James Holly, who sent me a generous check to defray the trip's expenses; Deepali and Junior Jani, who gifted the entire Weiss family shirts and a picture frame; Maya Srinivasan, a childhood friend like Carol Dixon, who volunteered to help with the cost of mailing medical journals to me; Boni Hypes, Tami Horkay and Ruth Ranalletta, who organised a fun dinner get-together last week; Tami Horkay, who gave me 2 very pretty dresses for my niece; Scott Semester, who put together 2 talks in Indianapolis yesterday, and took me home to have dinner w/ his whole family; Jim and Barb Semester, who had lovely Mother's Day flowers for me at the dinner at their place; the crew at Broadway United Methodist Church, who not only listened to me speak, but provided a spectacular meal as well. Shilpa Mallur and Kurt Broderick also volunteered to help w/ mailing expenses. These are all people who have my best interests at heart, and I must say I am richer for it.

The weekend was spent w/ my in-laws and it was the fun-fest it always is. I saw Scott's grandparents at their assisted living facility and had dinner w/ them, sponsored by Scott's aunt. Both aunts were at the visit as well, and it was great to get together w/ everyone and laugh my eyeballs out. The assisted-living experience is a new one for the grandparents, and Scott's grandmother loves it for the company, and his grandfather does not as he feels cooped up. Friday evening and Saturday were spent w/ Scott's mom, her sister and brother-in-law, another laugh-a-minute experience. This uncle is recovering from bypass surgery to his leg and is coming along nicely; it's nice when our profession does something right. I got to talk to Scott's sister, Diane, which was fun. I will spend tonight at the home of Colleen and Mark Taber, and will head to Chicago tomorrow for my flight home.

The talks yesterday were at St. Luke's and Broadway, both United Methodist Churches. It was great to see Louise Hass at the former venue, home from her world travels. I met some very nice people at both events, and even stirred up interest at Broadway for folks to take a trip to Chennai. Scott Semester was invaluable in setting up these events, and having met his parents, I know where this young man's goodness comes directly from.

I'm hoping I haven't forgotten to thank anyone. More from Chennai. I nearly forgot to mention that Naren got accepted into an excellent school in Chennai, contingent on his 10th results (which come out mid-May). We (parents) were required to be present at his interview, in early April, as witnesses (i.e., I had to keep a very big mouth shut), and it was fairly revelationary for us to see our son respond to challenging questions clearly and confidently. Naren's other option was a study-hard/party-hard school and Scott did not want any part of that at all.

We are discovering that for every obstacle thrown into our paths, there are 3 times as many people who want to remove that obstacle. This is a lovely state of affairs.

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