Tuesday, February 25, 2020
The Doctor and old friends
Autos of beauty
For today (Tuesday):
It is a short drive from our NC home to the VA hospital in Charlotte. Today it was a breeze, very little traffic. When we entered the VA Sherry spotted friends, Paul and Patsy Collins. Paul has some dementia and was in a wheel chair
The unique thing about this meeting was on the drive over to the VA I pointed out a Ravine and I related a memory: In the mid 1950s, Paul and a couple boys (found, borrowed or stole) a ½ inch roll of steel cable. They created a ‘ZIP Line’. The cable stretched across the ravine and using nothing but a galvanized pipe Tee with the cable thru it made the sliding trolley using pipe. The sliding cable was not called a zip line, but trickier because it had no brakes. LOL
Running into old friends gave me a lift. A VA hospital makes me feel small. I see war heroes, some in wheel chairs and many missing limbs. Vets younger than I are really hurting and I feel for them.
Dr. Coutts welcomed me. He has long jet black hair and a great attitude. He stays busy and is always behind, but you don't get the idea he is in a hurry. When I told him of my problem and what was prescribed. He smiled and slowly moved his head side to side giving me the idea he did not approve of the Emergency Drs' take.
He held out his arm and said, "Describe the pain using my arm!". Then he jabbed his arm, a jabbing pain? NO! He used his hand to twist his arm. Does it feel anything like a twisting sensation, YES! He started probing my stomach, while verbalizing things it WAS NOT! He said go ahead and schedule the GI procedure and if what I am suggesting does not work, we will do more tests, but in my opinion you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) .
I mentioned cancer. He smiled and started listing the symptoms of cancer and ended with, “You are gaining weight, and with cancer you lose weight.
Boy I hope that is right. Son Jack said, “Hey that is a trending Disease pop!” Hahahahaha I’mma trendy dude!