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Fun and Games with Healthcare!

June 9, 2017

What better time to try and laugh than now? I’m trying….really, I am.

My mom provides me with great material, although I don’t think she means to, and I don’t think she’s always happy to be the topic of a humor blog on a regular basis.

My friend, Lisa on the other hand,  LOVES being my topic. I was thinking of her today and all the antics we’ve been through in the last seven years since she fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I know, I know, it doesn’t sound funny, but we became the Lucy and Ethel of healthcare.

  1.  There was the time I dropped her off with our best friend, Terri to walk a few blocks to the hospital for a check-up because there was a water main break and traffic was horrendous. I thought it would take me hours to navigate the streets and park. As Lisa and Terri literally waded through the streets of Philly, I found a parking spot in 5 minutes right in front of the hospital.
  2. Then the neurologist wanted to do a stay-at-home brain scan. This is where they  wrap your head like a mummy and put some electrodes in there and record you for three days. After they wrapped her head, we decided to go to Marshall’s to look for a hat to cover her mummy-head. Not one hat would go over the wrappings, no wonder the Mummy was so mad, not a fashion was made for him. From Marshall’s we went to the park to do a photo-shoot. Yeah, I just couldn’t pass up that opportunity.

    Fun with my Mummy!

    Before and After Photo Shoot. Lisa really is quite lovely!

  3. We had to drive an hour into Philadelphia every time she needed to see her eye specialists, which was a lot.  It took us at least 10 trips before we figured out that cheap parking was right in front of the hospital and easier to get to.
  4. Then there was the time they changed the procedure to check-in to the eye clinic. They decided that people could check themselves in, using computers. The computers were tightly packed into an area where you had to stand up to use them. This doesn’t seem weird, but a lot of the people in this eye clinic use walkers and wheelchairs. They can’t fit into the space where the computer is located and if they’re in a wheelchair, they can’t reach the computer. AND remember this is an eye clinic. All of the patients are having trouble seeing. We practically peed ourselves trying to figure out how this is a good idea.
  5. Then I took her for surgery and she had to be back in the hospital at 6:00 AM the next morning. It was a long day and a quick night, so we stayed at a hotel right across the street from the hospital. I forgot we were parked in a parking garage between two big cement barriers and ripped my side-view mirror right out of its socket. It dangled from its electrical cord attached to the car. After having it bang against the door for five blocks, I folded the mirror into the car, had to keep the window open for the 50-mile drive home in February snow, and the hi-tech mirror blinked right into my face every time I needed to change lanes or turn left.

For insurance purposes only, not to remind myself how dumb I am.

Wounded in the line of duty.

And you thought dealing with health issues wasn’t any fun!


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Cathy is the author of Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial Caregiver  and

Who Moved My Teeth?

cathy sikorski

After more than 25 years of caregiving and Elder Law, Cathy writes about the comedy of caregiving in her blog; "You just have to Laugh..."She is the author of "Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial (killer) Caregiver" published by HumorOutcasts Press in 2015.

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6 Responses to Fun and Games with Healthcare!

  1. Bill Y "The Legend" Ledden
    June 11, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Tell Lisa that The Legend says she’s rocking the Mummy look.

  2. June 10, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I can’t believe the # of people I know and have heard of who have had TBIs. I am glad to see so much about them even in humor because it points out how serious this injury is.

  3. Bill Spencer
    June 10, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I very much enjoyed this side-view mirror reflection on your friendship.

  4. June 9, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    You paint pictures of scenes (like the patients in walkers trying to not only fit in the space but read the screen) that make me laugh and are absolutley unforgetable! That photo shoot in the park is the coolest thing I think I have ever seen! I love that you allow humor to be your guide and that you generously share that!

  5. June 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    You two do know how to head up a lot of fun no matter what the circumstances!

  6. June 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I know you were going for humor (and you got it!) but the whole time I was reading this post I was thinking what an incredible friend you are. Don’t shake your head, girlie! You certainly are!! It’s not often you find a great friend who is there for you through thick and very thin. Makes me love you even more.

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