Adjusting to life's changes with hope… through poetry, haiku, and commentary

Odds and Ends No. 6


She hasn’t looked at the sign-in sheet yet.
On the phone. Maybe I should let her know
I’m here. I did. Good thing I did. Earlier at

home my phone rang. Seldom rings. It
Surprised us both. I left it by the cutting
board. Tina Charles rang out with “I Love to

Love.” The caller asked, “Are you allergic to
iodine?” “Not to my knowledge,” I said.
She was very pleasant, “The doctor wants

you to have a CT scan as soon as possible.
Full today, tomorrow okay?” After a few
more odd questions, I’m scheduled for

Tuesday morning. A nurse popped her head
out the door. She handed me the blood order,
then took me back for a TB test. Small needle

in the arm now. We both agreed we liked the
old four-prong test better. “Come back for a
reading on Wednesday after your blood tests.”

This medical stuff is wearing me out. Tea or
coffee when I get home? One more stop first.
Need my staples; sandwich wheat bread and

bologna. As I entered the store, I thought that
donuts sounded good, too. A rare mid-morning
treat. I picked up a 6-pack of chocolate mini

donuts. You know the ones that have a list of
chemical ingredients as long as your arm and
still be edible after surviving a nuclear blast.

They taste a little like sweet chocolate and
cardboard (or Styrofoam). A whopping 410
calories (1 serving)! Good Lord, what did I

do that for? At first I was thinking of my lovely
Irish Breakfast from Trader Joe’s; the one with the
round tea bags. Fragrant, strong black tea. But

then I saw that there was easily enough morning
coffee left for my mug. An old buddy of mine at
Lilly told me the trick of warming up coffee in the

microwave so it isn’t bitter. Add a touch of cold
water first. It works. Tasted as good as it did this
morning fresh. Surprising considering its an odd

blend she made. She picked up a bit of ground
Joe I had leftover. Not enough, so added Maxwell
House. We called it Jomax after the street by the

same name in Phoenix. A good cup of coffee by
accident. The reheated Jomax was just as good at
eleven as it was at seven! One donut and about

four sips left. Yeah for me. Raking my brain on how
I can increase our income. Interestingly, I opened up
the new blood order. It is for “cocci serology.” I think

that study is for “Valley Fever.” Only God knows
where these tests are headed. I haven’t a clue.
(Health started to go down the tubes in 2012; then

my ER visit last March. I’m still here, thank God.)
She should be home soon. Lunch first so we don’t
over shop, then we need to hit Walmart for a few

things. I slept well last night considering we had
a “Peaky Blinders” marathon yesterday to finish off
season 3 for us on Netflix. They smoked so many

cigarettes on that series, I felt like I was getting a
smoker’s cough through the television! (Alan, enough
already with the health issues, you are probably saying.)

In my mind I believe I’m healed. God’s healing power is
at work in me; I’m just waiting for my body to catch up.
(Donuts didn’t help anything, not to mention the bologna.)

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