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  • The Rights of Passage

    February 12, 2008

    I am taking a brief sabatical. Here’s a little something from last year.

    Here’s the short list of things you need to know about staying in the hospital.

    First, never try to buy sensible yet stylish pajamas to wear in the hospital — the day before Valentines Day. Unless you think a black and red lace see-through number is appropriate for the hospital. If you do, it will no doubt, not make you popular with the nurses.

    The second thing is this: When going to the hospital, leave all of your valuables and your dignity at home. You won’t be in need of either.

    The day after surgery of any kind, the kindly nurses will come to your room with pointed bayonets and poke you until you get out of your bed. And then they will make you walk up and down the hall. This will seem like a really silly thing to do because you won’t even be able to remember exactly where your feet are located. They will tell you that they are making you walk not just because they can and they want to humiliate you, but to encourage the passage of gassage (a new word I just now made up).

    At this point you will want to hit the kindly nurses with something, but you have neither the strength nor anything handy that isn’t already plugged into you somewhere. So instead you mutter “damage” under your breath and you go. You go so that they might not poke a hole in your brand new sensible, yet not at all stylish Target Grandma Gown with their bayonets.

    To be fair, the nurses promise you that as soon as you can “do this thing which they describe all too technically for my appetite” they will give you some real food, food that you cannot see through! And after several days with no food, this seems a good idea. This food reward system kind of makes you feel a bit like a dog. But like a dog, you are more than willing if it means you’ll get a Snausage or a biscuit or something and that they might then go away and let you nap on a sunshiny spot on the floor without bothering you.

    So then.

    There you will be, wearing your new Target Grandma Gown, bereft of your valuables and dignity, shuffling up and down the hall, taking itty bitty Tim Conway baby steps, hoping and praying to get a food reward for doing something which is considered impolite.

    And it is then that you are acutely aware that everyone else is out there doing the same thing. Everyone has the same lofty goal. Passage of gassage.

    And that makes it very hard to make eye contact with the other patients you “pass” in the hallway

    11 Comments »

    1. Julie says:

      That all sounds way too familiar to me. Let’s hope it is ancient history for all of us.

      February 12th, 2008 at 11:05 am

    2. Heidi says:

      We’ll miss you…enjoy your time off..

      February 12th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    3. gretchen from lifenut says:

      That was yet another c-section suprise. They wouldn’t let me eat until I did the same thing. The nurses were relentlessly curious about it, too.

      February 12th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    4. a Tonggu Momma says:

      This is so very true! Tim Conway shuffling steps … hee hee.

      February 12th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    5. Michelle Dunn says:

      We’ll miss you! Enjoy your time off…you deserve it! We’ll all be right here waiting for you when you get back 🙂

      Trying To Have a Baby – A Mother’s Story

      February 13th, 2008 at 5:47 am

    6. jeanne a says:

      I hope this doesn’t mean that you are having health problems or any other kind of problems.

      Saying a prayer that antiquemommy (and me another one) will still have many steps and be able to watch our kids grow up to have kids of their own.

      February 13th, 2008 at 11:39 am

    7. Tom says:

      Waaaah — I will miss reading your posts. Hope there’s enough archive left for me to dig through while you’re away.
      Enjoy your sabbatical.

      February 13th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    8. Miss Sniz says:

      Hilarious! I’ve only been in the hospital to have babies, but have visited enough people to know this is so true. Love your sense of humor about it!

      February 13th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    9. Pam says:

      Hope you have a great time off! We’ll miss you!

      February 13th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    10. Sally says:

      Too funny……..

      February 14th, 2008 at 10:44 am

    11. ~*~ Jennifer ~*~ says:

      Thanks for the laugh! Sabat away… come back refreshed and refuel! °Ü°

      March 6th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

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