Friday, January 6, 2012

Patience for the Patient

I once heard the poet, Lyn Hejenian say that when she went to see the doctor, she took a giant volume of the French Critic, Kristeva with her.  She was a patient who could crack Kristeva! She was Somebody.

Since Tuesday, I've been wallowing in self pity, pain and general discomfort, reduced by it all  to a Convalescent Crabby-Pants.  So, imagine my joy when I received an email from a June bride who aplologized for bothering me, but was going to pick out linens for her country wedding next week and wondered if I had any suggestions.  She attached examples of ideas and colors. 

Bothered? I am NOT a Convalescent Crabby Pants afterall!  I'm a Floral Designer!  I'm needed to give suggestions to my bride. Thank You!

No matter how wonderful a hospital staff is, no matter the expertise of the doctor, the quality of the food,  or the view, the loving care of a partner,  keeping oneself WHO one is as a patient, can be hard without the trappings of our art, our expertise, our thoughts, our clothes, our style, our criticisms, our witticisms, our passions.

So, thank you, Rebecca!!  I'm looking through your proposal and I'll be getting back to you tonight!  


Jen said...

Beautifully expressed. I know exactly what you mean.

marlowe said...

Hang in there, sweetie!

rachel said...

Hospitals (and GP surgeries) are powerful places, and require a great deal of nerve, courage and assertiveness not to sink into becoming totally institutionalised within minutes. Hold onto who you are!

flwrjane said...

On Shelly,I'm still exhausted and totally stunned by the days we spent in the hospital last week.

And we were the ones that got to walk out after 20 some hours, not stay for 3 more days.

Coming back in with a clean head of hair and fresh clothes, a good nights sleep and real food was something to be grateful for.

I'm glad you have found a raison d'etre , so to speak.

Don't forget us who are waiting patiently for new posts.

xo Jane

Denise Fasanello said...

That you are! Rest up and get well and bring back the magic. xo