Sunday, September 3, 2006

Under the Weather

Sunday, September 3, 2006
5 comments
Sorry, BOTB readers, for leaving you hanging for a few days. I came down with a mysterious ailment that robbed me of most of yesterday (and entirely removed my ability to blog). But I feel better now, and my first task is to get something posted here on BOTB.

Here are a few things I've learned in the interim:
  • You CAN get good, friendly help at a hospital these days.
  • You can buy your prescriptions from a vending machine, right inside the hospital.
  • Backless hospital gowns do NOT make you feel sexy.
  • One of the many reasons I did not become a doctor is that there are things you have to do and see when examining your patients that surely must try your patience.
Here's the lowdown. I was having stomach pain and, while enjoying a round of golf (with heavy amounts of bird watching), it became apparent to me that I needed to get checked out. So I went to the local hospital here in my hometown of Pella, Iowa. In fact it was the same hospital I was born in, way back somewhere in the 1960s--sorry the actual date is lost in a haze.

I was welcomed to the hospital, filled out some paperwork, went to an examination room, got seen by the physician's assistant, then the doc. Had some tests, and an X-ray. Got the results, chatted about them with the doc. All in all a very civilized treatment.

The very nice doc I was examined by thought it might be a kidney stone. I'm not completely buying it. I think it might have been the reuben sandwich I ate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday afternoon--Cedar Rapids is not world famous for the freshness of its pastrami. But who the heck knows. So far the tests are showing it's nothing serious and I am very cool with that.

I think I am on the mend now. And we'll be home before you read this, so I am sure to be all better and fully blog-operational as soon as possible.

Special thanks to the kind folks at the Pella Regional Health Center. The next time I'm sick I hope it's in Pella.

5 comments:

On September 4, 2006 at 5:02 AM Anonymous said...

Glad you'r feeling better.

Could it have been the same bug as Chet?

On September 4, 2006 at 9:58 AM Rondeau Ric said...

BT3
My very real condolences, no foolin’, eh?

I have been afflicted with kidney stones for 6 decades (Sounds worse than 40 years).
If you happen to be a masochist this is the aliment for you.
Otherwise it is outrageous pain.

Julie, make sure there are no guns or sharp knives in the house.

RR

On September 4, 2006 at 1:13 PM Susan Gets Native said...

There once was a guy with a stone
Who felt like he'd swallowed a bone
While he was in Pella
Our big strappin' fella
Is asking for a kidney to loan.
:-)

On September 4, 2006 at 10:18 PM Anonymous said...

Hope you're feeling better by now!
SF

On September 5, 2006 at 2:02 PM Rondeau Ric said...

BTW
You do a good ugly.


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