Thomas has finished his proton therapy and “graduated” from the Oklahoma proton centre yesterday in a little ceremony over lunch. Ted had to give Thomas’ acceptance speech as “car” and “lorry” might not have quite got over what we wanted to say! The graduation was a way to acknowledge what each patient has been through in their treatment and for us it was an opportunity for us to say thank you to the staff at the Proton centre for looking after us so amazingly well. American hospitality, particularly in the mid-west, which prides itself on how friendly people here are, was in no short supply and we were able to thank those who epitomised what friendly means. Would “graduation” have worked in the UK? Well maybe, but it would have needed some changes, but only because everyone would have felt so awkward (in true British fashion) talking about what is a pretty emotional thing!
We have a few days here now, to collect our thoughts, work out how many extra bags we need to buy in order to bring the sheer volume of cars that Thomas seems to have acculumated and to see a couple of the sights here. Up until now we haven’t had a chance to see much. So tomorrow, Evan allowing with his somewhat erratic sleeping habits, we are off to the National Cowboy Museum – well what else would you expect in Oklahoma!