雪山旅行(誕生日) Trip to Snow Mountains (Birthday)

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「Mちゃん明日退院するよ〜」雪山滞在2晩目、Maidoさんから吉報が舞い込みました。それを聞いたDさん、翌朝病院に向かって二人を連れて戻ってくるというのです。往復で優に6時間はかかるのに。「え?いいの?病み上がりなのに?」Maidoさんも面喰らってます。でもDさんは、本当に朝早く静かにいなくなりました。いつも思うけど、ほんとにいいパパさんです。

実はこの日はドラゴンの11歳の誕生日。ベア・バレー村でケーキを買おうと思っていたのですが、売ってないのです! 舞姫のバナナも私のアレルギーの薬もない!というわけで、ここぞとばかりにこの3点も買ってきてもらうように頼んだのでした。

この日一日、Aちゃんは我が家の子。ドラゴンより二つだけ年上だけど、全く手のかからないしっかり屋さんです。この日も青空の下で思う存分楽しんだ子供達。ドラゴンもだんだん自信がついてきて、かなり上達したとのこと。それにしても最高の誕生日じゃございませんか。ケーシーは、二人が初級クラスのコースを滑っている間、別行動でモーグルだらけのぼこぼこコースを滑ったり、これまた思う存分楽しんだ様子。19年のブランクが一気に埋まったかな。

晴れやかな三人とは裏腹に、私と舞姫は修羅場でした。朝みんなで一緒にゲレンデまで行ったのはよかったけど、前日とは打って変わって落ち着かない舞姫。車椅子にも座っていられないほどのパニックになり、泣く泣くマンションに戻ることにしました。文字通り泣きながら、、、「どうせ舞姫と一緒じゃ普通の生活はできないんだ。。」普段は心の奥底に閉じ込めている後ろ向きな私が、むくむくと頭をもたげてきます。午後になってからようやく眠り始めた舞姫、今度はいっこうに起きません。その間私は惨めにもマンションに缶詰め、正体不明のアレルゲンをもろに浴びながら(- -;)。

U家の皆さんはどうなったって? 彼らもまた信じられない状況におりました。なんと、朝一番の退院どころか、お昼過ぎてもまだ病院。なんでも退院許可の署名がいるのに、お医者さんが何時間もつかまらないと。そうこうしているうちに、何かの検査結果が出て、新たに薬が処方されることになり、そのアレルギー反応を調べたりでさらに足止め。

夕方、ゲレンデ組三人がシャトルで戻ってきました。でも部屋に戻ってきたのはケーシーだけ。子供たちはもちろん外で雪遊び。暗くなるまで1時間以上二人で遊んでいました。元気すぎる! 夕食後、かろうじて残っていたアンパンとクラッカーで誕生日のお祝い、そしてU家がようやく出発したのは夜の7時半頃でした。

バースディケーキを待ちわびていたドラゴン、さすがにソファでうとうとし始めました。その15分後の11時頃、Dさんが大きなケーキを抱えて駆け込んでくれた時には熟睡状態(^_^;)。明日までお預けです。それから無事に再会を果たしたU家と再び夕食。もっとすごい試練をくぐり抜けてきたMaidoさんとMちゃんの顔を見て、私も元気が出てきました。もちろん薬も効いてます。そして夜中までわいわいと盛り上がったのでした。(^o^)/。(続く)

“M-chan will be out of the hospital tomorrow.”  The good news was brought in by Maido-san on the second night.  When he heard the news, D-san immediately said he would head for the hospital early in the morning and come back with the two!!  Driving back and forth would take him well over six hours.  Maido-san was dumbfounded, too.  “Is it really OK to go on a trip right out of the hospital?”  Exactly as he had said, D-san was quietly gone early the next morning.  What a good daddy!  I always think he is.
 
As a matter of fact, it was dragon’s 11th birthday.  We were going to buy a cake in Bear Valley Village which turned out not to be available there!!  No bananas for princess, no allergy medicine for me, either!!  How could I miss this chance without asking them to bring these three items?
 
A-chan was part of our family that day.  Being only two years older than dragon, A-chan is a very independent girl we don’t have to worry about at all when being with us.  The two kids had a blast again under the clear blue sky.  Dragon had gradually gained confidence and improved a lot.  Anyway, isn’t it a perfect setting for a birthday?  While the two kids were going down the beginners courses, Casey took off and enjoyed the advanced courses by himself with a bunch of moguls.  He had a blast, too.  I suppose the missing 19 years were well filled in.
 
In contrast to these three on the bright side, princess and I were deeply sunk in the dark side.  We all went to the resort in the morning but princess, not like the day before, was not content at all.  She got in a panic and could not stay still in her wheelchair.  I had to take her back to the condominium in tears...  Literally in tears.  “After all, I can never expect to live normally as long as I’m with princess...”  The negative side of me that is usually locked deep down in my mind started rearing up.  Princess finally fell asleep in the afternoon.  Now she wouldn’t wake up, which meant I was miserably stuck in the condominium exposed to all those unkown allergens (- -;). 
 
What happened to the U’s?  Let me tell you, they were stuck in an unbelievable situation, too.  Getting out of the hospital first thing in the morning?  Well, it was past noon and they were still there.  The reason was the doctor, who was supposed to write the discharge permission, could not be found anywhere for hours.  Meanwhile, some test result came out and a new medication was to be prescribed.  They were stranded again while an allergy test was being done before the prescription was written.  
 
The snow sporting party came back in the shuttle.  But only Casey came in the door.  The two kids were of course playing outside and didn’t come back for more than an hour until dark.  They just had too much energy.  After the dinner, we tentatively celebrated dragon’s birthday with bean paste buns and crackers we had somehow managed to save.  It was around 7:30 at night when the U’s were finally on their way.  
 
Dragon, who was eagerly waiting for his birthday cake to arrive, finally started drowsing.  Fifteen minutes later around 11pm, D-san rushed in holding a big cake to find dragon fast asleep on a couch (^_^;).  Celebration had to wait until the next day.  Then, we had dinner again with the U’s who had just reunited.  I felt so energized to see Maido-san and M-chan who had been through a bigger ordeal than mine.  We enjoyed talking well past midnight.  The allergy medicine was of course working. (^o^)/ (to be continued)
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by danceofdragon | 2010-03-11 02:13