Thursday, September 06, 2007

Analyze This . . and this . . . and this





OK. I survived the checkup.

List in my journal:

-- Muzak makes me feel like I'm late to something big--and it isn't happening in this waiting area.

--Note to self: Need an IPod.

--Cute teenage boy in cargo shorts with a bloody syringe taped to his jugular, tubes running under his polo shirt.

--Grey-ponytailed hippy dude exuding unfiltered Camels (I adore the smell--still stunned I was able to stop. I don't quit bad things easily). He's battling with reception for information and a smile, his prosthetic peg-leg skinny as Ahab's--grounded by a huge Adidas sneaker.

--Never mind.

--Siberia, anyone?

--White paper gown. Fluorescent everything.

--Diabolical signage.

--Concrete. Steel.

--Insight: compared to this, the Woman's prison in Raleigh feels like Grandma's kithchen.

--My diagnosis:
--Low pulse and blood pressure. OK, the pipes and pump work.
--Question: So where do I hold the stress: In my fat? DEEPER?
--Doc made appointments with:

PT: injured rotator cuff, 4 years ago
ObGyn: "Just to rule out . . ."
Gastro: "You might have a bit of . . ."
Radiology: mammogram, routine

--My hypocondriac mother would bliss out.
--I'll cancel.
--I'm good at that.

The Upshot:

--I'm not worried. I mean it. This is a first.

--Refrigerator quote reads:
'Life is too short to live it scared.'

--I wrote it.

--P.S. After spending the first 50 years in terror.







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4 comments:

Judi Pom said...

Carol--This is just a test.....

Judi

Judi Pom said...

Carol--I tried responding four times. I've run out of wind and time to respond properly again, but I think I got the kinks worked out on my end.

Terror no more
Great prompt idea
Check out my new blog entry

See you Wednesday

Judi

Jill said...

Carol- I hope you sent a copy of this to your doctor. It was a perfect description of the visits that we hate. I'm glad you've taken care of yourself.
Jill

Felix Chesterfield said...

Does anybody have any experience with these Raleigh Gynecologists ?