Sunday, September 3, 2006

Under the Weather

Sunday, September 3, 2006
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.


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...

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.


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!

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

You do a good ugly.