I made this for one of my favorite patients Diane, she has metastatic lung cancer and recently has been hospitalized b/c she has lesions in her brain that are bleeding out. She has a major headache and now is undergoing radiation treatment to her brain. She is the funniest, most out-spoken patient, I love talking to her and her family. I went and visited her in the hospital and she told the story of her having to get fitted for a mask prior to radiation. I could never, NEVER tell a story like Diane, anyways you have to know first that she is deathly claustrophobic, she requires 4 mg of ativan to even get in an enclosed machine, anyways to shorten the story she had to be strapped down and had a thin plastic material that formed to her face to make the form for the mask. She said they strapped her down and she felt like Hannibal and after they finished making the mask she looked like Hannibal. She has a knack of making the worst situation sooooo funny. While looking at the lesions in her brain she saw one spot in her brain, that looked like an alien, who she named Bob, and now is constantly talking about Killing Bob, one appendage at a time and that he is the one causing all of her headache trying to get out of her brain as they fry him!!! I have tried to "win" several of the Anya competitions and I was soooo excited to post them to see if I could win, but this card I made for Diane and no matter if I win or lose, I know she loves the card.
I used the Chef and made him, a her with on the farm girl, from who I cut off her pig tails, (b/c Diane doesn't have much hair and wears a do-rag), and I used Dorothy's head and cut off one of her pig tails (b/c I rock the side pony with a flower in my hair) and use the nurse Anya's body and included a syringe of Ativan with 4 mg's of Ativan for Diane. I drew the mask and attached some straps that you can't see, and on the inside I drew an alien and a machine that zaps Bob. I went with some black stars b/c of the constant headache and the checkered paper, b/c we all know what Hannibal is known for and Diane also loves to eat, and I don't mean that it a bad way!!! She'll tell you she's a big girl and that's why she requires that much ativan!!!! I have smiled at least 8 times just writ ting this. The Dr. I work for told me I need to not think of my patients when I leave work, and it mad me upset, b/c I feel that's what makes me who I am and I know that we are all dying and that no one knows when thier time is, but it's never to late to show people that you care and this is my way of coping. It also relieves my stress and makes people happy, so I am going to keep doing it!!!! Just b/c his a Dr. doesn't mean I have to listen to him!!! :P I hope you all give your loved ones a hug tonight and be thankful everyday for what you have!!!!!!