Amazing Co-workers

Last week, we had our annual off-site meeting for work.  I was feeling pretty poopy that day, but really wanted to attend the meeting.  I’m so glad I did because it was a total blast.  In between the presentations, we played “Minute to Win It ” games.  There weren’t enough games for everyone at each table to play, so I was a spectator – a very amused spectator.  Here are some photos from a few of the games:

Face The Cookie: the player had to move the cookie from their forehead to their mouth, only using their facial muscles.

Don’t Blow the Joker: the player had to blow all of the cards off the pop can, leaving only the bottom “joker” card on the can.

I forget what this was called, but the player had to knock down all the cups with elastics.

Speed Eraser: the player has to bounce a pencil into a cup.

The whole day was great, mainly due to the company.  If you would like an indication of what my coworkers are like, check this out.  A few months ago, I emailed a couple of my coworker friends “The Spoon Theory .”  It was written by Christine Miserandino, regarding her fatigue with Lupus.  This is a perfect description of what MS fatigue feels like.  Anyway, this morning I was sitting at my desk, diligently working away, when a friend of mine tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to help her with something.  I was a little confused as to why she was going in a different aisle than her desk location.  When I rounded the corner, there were about ten people, two with cameras, standing there facing me.  I had no clue what was going on.  I think I looked behind me to see if someone else was coming around the corner, thinking it was their birthday.  I honestly don’t know what was said when I stopped.  As you can see, I was a little shocked:

The next thing I remember is feeling really light headed, because I think I was starting to comprehend what was going on.  Someone brought me a chair:

My wonderful, compassionate co-workers took their time, creativity and energy to create me an inspirational spoon bouquet.  About twenty-five people beautifully decorated a spoon, and wrote words of support and care.  I was completely (and still am!) blown away!

This is one of the most thoughtful, loving and amazing things anyone has ever done for me.  I just still can’t believe it and will cherish my gift forever:

As you can imagine, I was completely overwhelmed after this amazing surprise:

I had to go to Toronto for a test today, and a couple of my friends gave me an individual “Spoon To Go” to take with me to the appointment.  I asked the lab technician to take a picture of me with my spoon before starting the test:

I felt like a bit of a dork when I initially asked her to take the picture.  However, she thought it was wonderful what my coworkers/friends did for me today.

Today’s symptoms: I’m still in shock after today’s experience!  Although I’m physically drained, I’ve never felt so alive.  Corny, but true.

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