Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Spelling Bee

"Any illnesses?" the secretary at the optometrists asked me.  They always ask that expecting a simple 'no' for an answer.  In about 2 seconds, they are surely deflated when I tell them the kids' illnesses like Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Mitochondrial Disease, you get the picture.

"Ya, Shwachman Diamond Syndrome, I will go ahead and spell that for you if you want. S-H-W-A-C-H-M-A-N then DIAMOND like the stone, SYNDROME."
"And, is he on any medications?" Again, a bigger question than they are anticipating.
"Yes." I start reviewing all the meds Spencer is taking.
"Okay, let's start with the first one, can you say that again and spell it for me?" She politely asked
"Lialda.  L-I-A-L-D-A. Lialda."
"That was an L-I-O?"
"No. L-I-A-L-D-A. Lialda."
"Okay and the next one?"  Of course she struggled to still get the spelling right on the last one.
"Omeprazole." Right about now, I could tell her mind was about to blow.
"Alright, I'm going to need a spelling on that."
"Okay. Omeprazole.  O-M-E-P-R-A-Z-O-L-E. Omeprazole."  Now, I'm feeling like a spelling bee champ but truth be told, I had no idea if I was really spelling them 100% correct but I figure it really doesn't matter, this is the eye doctor and it's gotta be better the secretary's spelling.  The funny thing was, even when I spelled this word out slowly, she had to have me repeat it three times.  Everytime I tried to respell it, I got confused and had to resort to tracing the letters out on my lap.  I could see Spencer out the corner of my eye just shaking his head.  I didn't dare look at him for fear of breaking up into laughter.  I almost lost it but did a quick recovery by faking a cough.  Have you ever done that?

This is how the next 10 minutes went yesterday at the appointment.  Spencer takes a lot of meds and she wanted exact spelling on every single one of them so it took awhile and seriously, by the time it was done, I felt like I deserved a medal for spelling the hardest words for my age.  Spell Ondansetron.  Spell Creon....the list goes on.

So, bless her heart.  I think she was new and too bad she had to be learning the ropes with us.  It was so stinkin funny though.  I really need to start recording these moments because it gives us something to look back on and laugh.  And this right here folks....is why I have made a small card with all their meds printed on them then hard laminated.  It's easier to hand a nurse the card with disease names and meds taken along with the dosage.  I was in the process of updating the cards for Seattle so I didn't have them with me...bummer cause that would saved me from my epic performance!
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