Friday, September 08, 2006

Be Careful What You Wish For Part II

FANTASY SCENARIO

ME: I don’t do waiting.
BIG EAR IN THE UNIVERSE: Really? Oh. Gosh, I hadn’t realized. (pause) Okay, let’s see. We’ll take this waiting and give it to someone else who won’t find it nearly so stressful. Now then, what shall we do with you?
ME: Now that we know he needs surgery, let’s plan it, schedule it, and execute our plan in a timely fashion. Waiting three weeks to meet the surgeon and then three more weeks to get in for surgery and then waiting again for lab results is making me crazy. Why can’t we just schedule the surgery for next week and get it over with?
BIG EAR IN THE UNIVERSE: Well, when you put it that way, it sounds perfectly reasonable. I completely understand your impatience and the strain this is putting on you and your family, so let’s just do it. We’ll ensure that something opens on the surgery schedule next week for some miraculous reason. Don’t worry, we won’t harm anyone, and you don’t even have to know the details, we’ll just put your husband in that slot. We apologize for putting you through so much.
ME: Whew! Thank you so much. I really feel better now.

REALITY



ME: I don’t do waiting.
BIG EAR IN THE UNIVERSE: Well, let’s see what we can do about that. Perhaps if your husband’s condition suddenly worsens in the middle of the night, you could rush him to the ER and wait for five hours to have him admitted. They can do some blood tests and take some films to confirm that, yes, he does need to have his surgery performed quickly and they will admit him. After stabilizing him medically, they will schedule his surgery for two days from now. Is that soon enough?
BIG IRONIC MEANIE IN THE UNIVERSE: Well, she asked for it. I hope watching her husband endure severe pain and vomiting for several hours while sitting in a terrifically uncomfortable waiting room surrounded by sick and injured people isn’t too much for her to handle. Hope she knows she’ll have to find someone to watch her children while she rushes him to the hospital and she won’t know quite when she’ll be able to leave him when he finally is admitted. It’s too bad his surgeon isn’t the one on call and they will have to end up redoing several of his tests because the other ones are at different hospitals and it’s too hard to chase them down at 2:30am. Maybe as long as there is constant activity over the next couple of days (kids to be fed and driven to school, meetings to cancel, colleagues and family members to notify, doctors to meet with, and animals to care for) it won’t feel too much like “waiting” and will be enough to meet her needs. What’ya think?
ME: Crap. Wish I’d never said anything.

6 comments:

ammogirl said...

reality: you handle this situation a million times better than I could ever think of doing. I have great admiration for you. And of course, my best wishes, as always.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Kari,

Waiting is so hard and in this particular situation it must be torture! Keep visualizing the first scenario and throw the second one out.

Einstein said something like, "Imagination is the preview of life's coming attractions."

Visualize only your husband's complete recovery. Visualize feeling grateful for it. Visualize everything going incredibly smoothly.

P.S. Did you mention previously that you were a recovering Catholic? The worry! The guilt! Throw that out too!

Jenny Rough said...

Oh, Kari. That sucks and I'm so sorry. I hope your husband's recovery goes well.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Oh, Kari, say it isn't so! We're doing all kinds of woo-woo things over here for you, your husband and family. Keep the faith!

Miss Devylish said...

You can't stop living sweetie.. there will always be stuff to do, people to call, pets to care for and children to manage.. or something like that. You have your friends and family.. we're all here for you as well as praying to any god we can. The universe will give you what you ask for, I feel it. It's going to get better.. it has to.

Anonymous said...

When it comes to the ones we love we want things to happen now, the fantasy scenario. It is understandable you would want that for you husband. Reality does not work that way, but by turning towards your family and friends it might just make the reality seem a little bit like the fantasy scenario. You have a friend here if you need it.
JLN

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