Monday, June 30, 2008
In order to determine which meds I'll need, I had to go to the lab today and give a sputum sample. I always have to hold back a laugh when the technician says "let me know if you're successful." Honey, you have no idea how successful I can be in the sputum production department. I'm semi-pro. If coughing up lung oysters were an Olympic sport, I'd be a gold medal contender.
Parking at my hospital is not free unless you have a handicapped placard. The procedure is to present your placard with your parking pass at the kiosk on the way out. The attendant writes down your placard number, raises the gate and away you go. Today when I handed the attendant my nifty blue placard, I got more conversation than I ever wanted to have with a parking lot attendant. I was a captive audience too, because he wouldn't raise the gate!
Here's how the conversation went:
"You're too young to have a handicapped placard."
"No I'm not. I have cystic fibrosis."
"Oh, that's tough. Have you ever heard of XYZ Wellness Center?"
"Yes I have," I lied. "That stuff doesn't work for genetic diseases," I stated with what I hoped was enough firmness to get him to shut up.
"Genetic? No, what your problem is is suppressed immunity. It's from all the bad stuff we eat. I know a woman about your age with MS who went there and got cured."
"There's no cure for CF. It's genetic." I insisted. "There are cars behind me, may I please go?"
He continued his little speech, undaunted. "Well, this gal, she got cured. But then when she left the Wellness Center and got back on all the same junk food and processed food as before, it came back."
"Uh huh. Well, that's too bad. Sir, there are 3 cars behind me." I edged closer to the gate, intending to ram it if provoked.
His final words were "check them out on Sunday. You'll love it."
I peeled out of the parking lot. I'm not kidding. I actually laid rubber with the Prius. If I were a less civilized person, I probably would have yelled an obscenity or given a hand gesture as I drove away. Honestly, why do people think they can give advice like that. Especially in the parking lot of a hospital for crying out loud?!
Maybe that's the reason it costs $1 to park. You get all the discount medical info you need from the brilliant parking attendant as you exit the lot. Who needs lengthy appointments with medical professionals and disease specialists when you can get a drive-through diagnosis.
Either way, I wish I could have been a passenger in the car for that conversation to see you tear out of there!
I wonder what medical advice they give at a $5 parking lot. Maybe that one comes with prescriptions!
You're funny...love your discount medical help for a dollar comment!
GET BETTER, LAUREN!!!