Monday, April 14, 2008
This is a template of a typical phone call to my mom lately.
Me: Hi mom, it's me!
Mom: Is everything okay?
Me: Well, I'm actually calling about (insert family member name here).
Mom: What happened?
Me: Then I go on to describe what happened or the symptoms that the family member in question is exhibiting and always end with: so what should I do?
Mom: Hmmmm....sounds like (insert diagnosis here. We have had stomach flu, lightheadedness, intense leg cramps, possible arm out-of-socket, bumped and bleeding gums, and probably other things...she should probably write this stuff down. I mean, can't you just picture the scrapbook page?!? This stuff should be documented!). And then follow that with: I would (insert treatment here).
Me: Ok. Thanks mom. I'll keep you posted.
Mom: Ok. Love you.
Me: Love you too.
I feel incredibly lucky to have a mom that well, is a mom with many years of experience and has her nursing degree. I might be her best and most frequent patient...at least lately.
So, mom? Even though when you went back to school I thought you had abandoned my little fourth grade self, I now thank my lucky stars that you did it. I just hope that one day I know the stuff I need to know about possible arm-out-of-sockets so I can call you with questions like: Have you tried making bagels? How did it go? And what kind of cream cheese would you serve with them?
One day, Mom. One day.