Team LuLu is at it again! This was always supposed to be a one and done event, we all know how that turned out. The last two years have been a challenge for all of us, and this event is part of my normal life, we all want a little normalcy. Join me once again as I take on this challenge one more time, 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles for 2022!
Why this cause?
When I hear mention of HIV/AIDS I always flash back to 1995 when I had three "head between your legs" moments in life. I was doing a simple blood draw on a not so simple patient. The procedure became a little dicey when she decided to pass out, not wanting her to drop to the floor I blocked her progress with my body, all while trying not to do anymore damage to her vein and yelling for help at the same time. Assistance came and we managed to have her regain consciousness and back in her chair. Upon cleaning up my supplies, my boss proceeded to tell me that I was bleeding but that the blood was on the inside of my glove. At that point I asked my patient if she had ever been tested for HIV/AIDS, her response…no. This would be head between my knees moment number one.
Now it was my turn to become the patient, several simple blood draws were in my future. Standard procedure at the time was to submit a sample, I watched as my boss drew my sample and then filled out the paper work to be submitted to the CDC, she changed my name to a number to protect my identity. I was now a number. Bring on head between my knees moment number two. The wait for the results was almost unbearable, at the time I had only been married a few years and our son was way too young to have deal with any sort of ramifications, let alone my husband.
Finally the results are in and the boss brings me to her office, we read the results together…negative. Finally, that was head between my knees moment number three. If I recall we repeated the test two more times, three and six months from the incident, all resulting in negative results. It definitely left an impression on me to the extent that as I said earlier, whenever I hear of HIV/AIDS I always think back to my possible exposure.
No one should have a head between your knees moment in life due to this disease. So for that reason, I will be joining my team virtually after putting in many hours of actually riding with them, to raise awarness, to still fundraise, and to challenge myself.
I am hoping to raise awareness and funds for research and quality of life for those who suffer. This disease knows no boundaries, science is making head way, but research funds are still needed, education to the masses is still needed, and lastly, quality of life to those infected is needed. Wouldn’t it be great to say that our generation was instrumental in wiping out HIV/AIDS, it is possible especially with your help. You can help me by donating to Aids/LifeCycle by clicking the “Donate Now” button by my name and in spirit you can ride with me. I have set my goal high because I know together we can make this happen. If your work has matching donations, I would be even more grateful.
Much gratitude for all that you can give,
Louise, LuLu, Weezie