Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Not totally useless

When it comes to my Aunt Marie's health, I always feel like a failure. Like I cannot, in any way, help her in a way that would, like, actually do some good.

Anna and I were at dinner. We were going to a concert. And then Emma called to say that they had called EMS; Aunt Marie was in severe pain and needed to go to the hospital.

I went with Anna to the ER, even though there was nothing that I could do.

What I knew was that Emma was at the hospital. And that, eventually, she would need to leave.

So, that's what I did tonight. I skipped the concert and hung out in the emergency room until I could convince Emma that it was okay to leave. I drove her back to my house. Let her eat my leftovers. Watched a little bit of E! trastastic reality programming and then, just a few minutes ago, drove her home.

Maybe I don't know the difference between an enema and edema.

But at least I knew that the ER was no place for a high schooler.


Accidentally Me said...

I think you sell yourself short all the time. You don't need to be able to perform surgery to be of help at the hospital...just being there and caring is worth a whole lot.

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