Archive for February 2012

Dr. Mom

Why do we get so attached to our doctors? Why do we look forward to te foloow-up? And why do we miss them when can no longer see them?

If a doctor is condescending, he’s history. Maybe we’ll let him fix the problem but we won’t go back to him. I had a doctor that fixed the problem of a corn by suggesting that I put a cotton ball in between my toes. His suggestion was directed to Mike. The little old bastard never looked at me just my foot. He never spoke to me just Mike. Wonder if he’s dead yet.

Why do the great ones have to retire? I recently learned that my internist’s retirement was the mechanation of the health oprganization for which he worked. Too late to complain after 3 years. He is still practicing part-time at a free clinic. Would a donation ease my conscience?

It’s heartbreaking when your doctor retires for health reasons. You’re left to wonder, “How is he doing? Is the disease in remission? Dormant? Is he wtill with us?” He is still one of my favorite doctors. I would for the ability t talk to him via webchat. He would probably say, “Well, duh…don’t do that.” or “Tell your new doctor that I think it’s the same muscle problem you had in your back 6 years ago.” But I’m not being honest; I’m being selfish. I jsut want to see him and say, “Hi. How are you doing?”

So, why am I so attached? Beacuase they are MOM. When it’s no worse thena  hangnail, they tell me. When it’s an important boo-boo, they reareange their cschedlue. When I am visibly upset and crying, they want to know why. And if they can fix that, they do.

At one rheumatologist visit, the doctor was an hour late. He took whom he thought was his first patient, not knowing she was an unschedlued patient…a mkistake by the recptionist. Usually, I am in and out in 10 minutes. being late an hour made me late for my podiatrist appointment next door. I needed the foot doc weeks before thjis but because I am dependent on Mike’s day off, I had to wait until this day. When the rheumatologist came in, he had a cute story about his weekend. We have had that kind of relationship for 14 years. Talk about anything and everything. When his story was doen, he asked, “So? How are you doing?”

I burst into tears. “I had to wait to get a podiatrist appoinment and I was here on time but you’re running late and now I can’t see the podiatrist because I have other appointments today and my foot really hurts…”

By the tiome I got all that out, he was on the iPhone to my podiatrist asking him to squeeze me in. Whe we were done and he walked me out, he ripped the receptionist a new one.

Doctors, nurses, techs, and support staff are members of a rare breed. They care regardless of pay. They’re glad to see me even if they didn’t want to come in that day. Whe I ask, “How are you today? What’s new? How’s the family?’ they are rarely truthfu;. They know that if I’m at the doctor’s, it’s all ab

the grammy awards

grammyholy crap! this show sucked! it was a train wreck with intermittent rescues by foo fighters, adele, and paul mccartney. When did the show go from an awards show to a performance show? Whose bright idea was that? I bet the ratings sucked as badly as the show. Here’s my rundown of some of the suckiness:

bruce springsteen and the e street band – the performance was way too structured; no fire, no in-your-face guitar. but i did think this was a good start to the show. It should soften the blow of whitney houston’s death. but it was short-lived.

Ll cool j as host – his prayer for whitney houston was lacking in emotion and sincerity. His hosting was just as dreary.

bruno mars – i’m impressed and now a bigger fan. he should have been on the bigger stage. it seems the producers put him over on the side stage to entertain while the big stage was being set for someone else.

alicia keys and bonnie raitt – bonnie did not look like she wanted to be there with alicia. she could have done the tribute alone. alicia brought nothing to the performance, and her lighting was atrocious. you couldn’t tell it was her.

chris brown – the song was lame. the choreography was juvenile. my cat falls off the tv with more grace and precision. and what was with the lighting design? it was terrible throughout the entire show.

foo fighters – oh…yeah…they fought the foo tonight. awesome! and when they went long on the acceptance speech, the stage went to black. the announcer said here’s ryan seacrest…twice. they should never use one stage when following an acceptance speech.

rihanna and coldplay – really? were justin bieber and jewel unavailable? gotta say that rihanna’s choreography was the best of the night. but a duet with coldplay? coldplay was such a wet blanket. luckily, the alcohol kept me awake.

paul mccartney – wow. like wine. like buhta. like love. makes me want to buy the album.

taylor swift – who chose that song? that set design? the wardrobe? this is the grammy’s, damn it, not the muppets.

katy perry – ok. i get it. she’s a pop princess. but a little music would have been nice. and the pretend glitch had me fooled. but in hindsight, it was lame. should have been bigger…badder…maybe a swear word or two bleeped out.

adele – great performance. but not the showstopper you expect from the grammy’s.

glen campbell – what was the point?

jennifer hudson – if there had to be a tribute, she’s the one to pick. that voice, that poise. so classy.

chris brown, foo fighters, et al – poor foo fighters. i was embarrassed for them in that debacle.

nicky minaj – what the hell was that? does she even know? does anyone even know? i’d like to know how many audience members checked their cell phones or went to the bathroom during that number.

such a letdown.



our car is white and has 4 doorswest palm, hiltons, syracuse, nashua

yay! we’re on vacation the entire month of june!

the map is the preliminary plan.

can’t wait! can’t wait! can’t wait!