This week as I was helping my mom clean out a room that looked like the next set of hoarders, I came across the hot dog costume. Back in October around Halloween I was in the hospital for my fourth round of chemo. By this point my sister was infamous for sending me the most random things while I was in the hospital. Whenever a box would come a group of chemo nurses would bring it to me eager to see what quirky thing she had sent me this time. I opened the box and revealed a hot dog costume.
Its not every day that you get sent a hot dog costume while you’re in the hospital. I promptly looked at it and placed it in on the counter by my bed. At the time a family friend was staying with me for the day while my mom was at a funeral. She was so excited about the costume and kept saying we should have a Halloween parade tomorrow featuring the costume. At that point I was on day 3 of chemo and falling asleep at the drop of a hat. My costume that year was going to be a ghost since I was currently that shade of white. We decided to look at shoes online and I fell fast asleep.
When I woke up it was two hours later and my family friend was standing in the window waving frantically at something. Then it hit me, she was currently wearing the hot dog costume while waving at someone out the window. I quickly thought my drugs were really making me see things but then remembered the costume. I couldn’t stop laughing. She told me she could see my mom out the window and was trying to get her attention. Mind you I was on the 8th floor of a large hospital. Then she proceeded to run out of the room while wearing the costume saying she would greet my mom at the elevator. I don’t think it’s an every day occurrence to see someone running down the chemo floor wearing a hot dog costume screaming, “ask me about my wiener!”
If you don’t know this quote, it’s from a specific movie that my family quotes all the time. She happily greeted my mother yelling this catch phrase and I could hear them laughing hysterically as they walked down the hallway to my room. She wore that costume and greeted everyone who entered my room in it. I think my chemo nurses laughed just as much as we did. As for the parade it never happened because I was too tired and my night nurse didn’t want to wear the hot dog costume.