"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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