Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 31

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.

9 comments:

Tammie said...

i have no idea when i last had a tetanus shot. it could be decades, maybe.

im always shocked at how old my peers look. then i think i cant possibly look that old. i wonder if they're thinking the same thing about me.

Jess said...

I am behind on my tetanus too, and since they combine that one with pertussis I discovered that I am no longer vaccinated against that either.
I'll have to wait until after the babe is born to get those, but that was a surprise.
I didn't think about getting boosters after youth.

greenthumb said...

Hi just found your great blog, don't. Know when I had the last tetanus shot.

Vanessa Morrow said...

Lecia, I love your blog. I love that you share your days and thoughts here. I wish I did that on mine more but maybe I'm just not there yet. I think I'll get there eventually. Always, you inspire me. Take care! I guess I need to check my tetanus status next dr appt. I think it's been at least 5 years or more cause I've been at my job almost that long and it was at least a couple years before that. Thanks for sharing.

missb@dragonflyvintage said...

Hi, I'm a relatively new follower of your blog and I just wanted to say...how your photos help inspire me to find peace in every day. They are that lovely.

bettye

Tracy said...

I didn't want this post to end. Can't wait for the next.

runnerjo said...

I completely relate to that first sip of post fasting coffee!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Your feeling about the woman you worked with, I know this feeling. Even thinking about it causes that pre-tear feeling in the back of my throat.

KPiep said...

I feel that way about my tea every day!