I started the day with nothing but water. After the kids were dropped off at school, I headed to the medical center where I receive care for a routine physical. I got a great parking spot on the street, though was dismayed to discover the rate has gone up from $2/hour to $4/hour - might as well have parked in the garage. After a bit of shuffle at the lab ('What do you mean you can't find the order for my fasting cholesterol blood draw in the computer? No, I won't wait another hour until I see my doctor to clarify, then come back here, then eat after that. No.'), I found some passable oatmeal and coffee in the cafeteria, with thirty minutes to spare before my appointment. That first sip of coffee, hours delayed due to the fasting blood draw, was almost euphoria-inducing.
In the stairwell, I ran into a woman I worked with, peripherally, many years ago; a beautiful woman, physically and temperamentally. The last time I saw her she must have been somewhere around my age now. I felt a shock wave of tenderness at the sight of her, aged, still beautiful, with just a touch of frailness about her. Seeing how she wore the passage of time brought tears to my eyes.
I'm going to have to be careful when I sleep tonight - my arms are sore from vaccines. Did you know the recommendation is now to renew tetanus after five years? Somehow, despite multiple surgeries and very regular medical care, it was discovered I haven't had one since 1993.
Happy last day of January.