Friday, May 15, 2009

Are You Kidney Me?

I am not sure what it is with me lately, but I love everyone. Everyone.

For instance, the other night I was in pain (maybe a kidney problem? who knows?) so Chup rushed me to the Insta Care (I've never had emergency medical care! what a rush!) where I was helped by this sweet blonde nurse. She told me to pee in a cup and as she did so, I thought, I really love her.

When the doctor came into the room, and started kneading my kidneys I couldn't help but love him too. Even though I screamed when he pushed on my lower back. Even though he told me I should probably go see a specialist. Even when he told me my white blood cell count was aggressive. I was just grateful he took the time to care.

Then he wrote some instructions down for me and told me to take it easy. I scooted off the examination table, he patted me on the shoulder. It was really sweet, in a doctor/patient sort of way.

And he was the first doctor with a beard I've ever met. That is really saying something.

Later at Walgreens as I was filling a couple thousand prescriptions I was helped by a twenty-something pharmacists assistant who had spots of facial hair and wore a striped tie with his white coat. Perhaps it was his lisp that matched mine, or the way he told me that his mom was abused by his dad (wait, how did that go again?) but I felt like jumping the counter and hugging the boy. Just hugging it out a Walgreens.

But as I paid for my drugs I could see a vibrant blonde soccer mom in the drive up window. I heard the drive-up assistant say through the glass, "One moment and I will be back with your Zoloft." And that point, I don't know what I was doing (pain makes for funny incentives) but I stared at her until she saw me. Then I gave her my bravest smile. I smiled through the pain. And she smiled back--smiling through her pain too.

Good glory what a moment!

Just so you don't feel left out, or think I only love blonde women and bearded medical personnel, I want you to know that I love you too. Really love the way you are reading my post right now, don't ever change. I mean that.