The three of them strolled south, not at all briskly, and suddenly our guest took a spill on a crack in the sidewalk. She hurt her arm. D called FD for advice.
That's what they do in our family. They call FD whenever there's a medical crisis or even just a fever, they call him because no one else has gone into medicine, and he really doesn't mind.
(No one ever has anything emotional they want to share with their mother, so I'm off the hook.)
Actually, they do share things, sometimes.
Anyway, the very next day I saw a patient who had been in a car accident. Emotionally upset, scared, she'd been pretty traumatized. But basically, she's okay. She said to me:
"You shouldn't ride your bicycle to work."
"It's okay," I said, "the trip home is 3/4 bike path along the river." (It's less, really)
"No, it's too dangerous on city streets. It only takes one idiot."
I know, I know, don't remind me.
"You really shouldn't ride."
At home that night FD and I glossed over the details of life, shared a salad and some guac. I asked him about our guest.
"She's okay, she's fine. But you know. . . " He paused that pregnant pause.
"You know, when people get a little older they lose their balance easily, they have to hold on to something. And you know. . ."
Well, you won't be able to ride your bike forever.
"Oh, right. I know. I'm sick of this. Like walking is safer!" I scream (for me).
"I know, it's not so safe. But you'll try to hold on to someone."
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