Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Had a physical today...yep, one of those wonderful things you just can't wait to do every three years or so. No eating past midnight, "step up on the scale, please"..."have you had water only since midnight?...I promise this tourniquet won't be on long...(five vials later, the REAL fun begins.)

"Everything off, the gown opens in the back"...(why are doctors' floors so cold??!!) But, fear not, as soon as I sat on the table one of my "tropical vacations" ensued and I can confirm I wasn't COLD the rest of the exam...(there are some miracle moments in life. )

Pinching, probing, listening, tapping, more listening, pushing, deep breath, hold it...golly, that stethoscope's cold, too! Mild heart murmur. (Not too bad.)
Lights in your ears, in your eyes, up, down, back/forth, every angle imaginable...follow my finger...all the way to the tip of your nose. (and they didn't stay that way, Mom!)

The hardest part was trying to pull information out of my brain to update my chart...with all the lasts...last EKG, last tetanus shot, last migraine, last colonoscopy, last chest xray. I had to really work to remember when those things took place, my memory seems to be in a little red wagon that I pull behind me (...sometimes things in it just fall out for no reason...sometimes it gets away from me and goes flying down the hill all on its own and I can't control it, especially in my dreams at night)...sometimes at night I just want to dump everything out of that wagon so it won't be racing around as I try to go to sleep.

Wow, when I want memory I can't find it ... when I don't want it, it won't turn off, it seems. Have you ever found yourself in that situation?
As life quickly moves along, I have to laugh in those moments when I struggle or "feel really old" and be appreciative of the knowledge that "this too shall pass" and I'll probably feel better later or remember whatever it was I was trying to recall. I just had to laugh when I piggybacked over to Charlotte's Weblog and found this...I just know I'm a member of this group...

"This one is not to be passed along TO others...it is to be TAKEN.
If you consider yourself eligible to receive the DORY AWARD, then by all means please take it and display it proudly on your blog!
And if you do, WELCOME to the DORY CLUB!
If you're not qualified to join, be thankful!"

In addition to the graphic award, I had to post an "audible" of Dory below...I must admit, this is one of my favorite movies of all time, and ELLEN did a "fan-tabulous" job on this part! So the next time you hear me saying "Can I help you?", or if I'm repeating, "P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney"; know I'm "having a moment"...and please be kind! : )



nannykim said...

hmm, I hate check ups and dentist offices.....need we say more!?

char72 said...

That reminds me, I have a dental appointment at 9 o'clock in the morning. There will be those x-rays that I hate this time. I'm thankful it's just for a cleaning job though.
I'm glad you liked the Dory Award. I thought it was so cute and so appropriate for some of us. lol
The audio really adds something.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Dory and me...twins. I'm sure we were separated at birth.

Glad you're on the other side of your necessary. Dr.'s appointments can be such a hassle! I've got to take my daughter to the heart dr. on Thursday...dreading it terribly.

Have a great humpday.


Kim said...

amen! I have lots of "junk" in my memory bank, like piles in a hoarder's house that prevent you from walking through to get to what you need or where you want to go. *sigh*

Technonana said...

Oh Girly... how delightful!!! Your blog post that is!!! I sooo enjoyed reading this today!!! Only one thing worse... the prep for a colonoscopy!!
You know just how to lighten up the situation!!

Greg C said...

I think I invented the Dory Award. I started to post this morning but I couldn't remember what I wanted to post about or where I read it. So I finally came up with something but it wasn't that thing that I can't remember.

I love those exams. My father had prostate cancer so I really love visiting my doctor. Once you check that on your form, they get an evil grin on their face.

Kim said...

By the way, thanks for the tip about Manuka honey. I'll see if we can get it here. If not, I'm outta luck because they would stop the package in customs and not let it in.

Teresa said...

Hi! I got your comment about Becky and her family. I am concerned for all of them. They know the Lord, and he will give them peace, comfort and envelope them in love as only He can. I am still so saddened for them. And you are right, Dughall has got to be sensing things he does not understand. But I am guessing he is so good for Becky right now.

I can not find an email address on your blog. I wanted to ask you something. I noticed you like Francine Rivers books. I also did not see her book Redeeming Love on the shelf of books you have read. I bought a brand new copy of that book last summer and never read it. It is in new condition. I have been trying to figure out what to do with it. If you would like to have it, I would gladly send it on to you. If you would like, you can email me at

Clif said...

The brain is a amazing thing. I have read two books about it. I reviewed one: Think and Make It Happen by Dr. Augusto Cury and I am getting ready to review This Is Your Brain On Joy.
If I can remember to do it.

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

I just hate filling out those forms, I am do for a colonoscopy in two weeks and had to fill out all of this jung and I was already dreading having this procedure and now I am dreading it even more. I will gladly recieve your award with pride :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the CHD Awareness video. Happy B'Day.
Love you,

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Love it. Love it. You absolutely nailed how I feel about my memory, the whole little red wagon thing is genius.