We’ve had a relatively mild summer, as summers in Ohio go, so when we have what is really a typical August day, we all moan and complain. Yesterday was such a day. On top if that, Dad had an appointment with his urologist for imaging and a doctor visit.
Meanwhile, my youngest granddaughter, who has autoimmune issues they haven’t fully diagnosed yet, was sick at school and my daughter was 9 miles away. I was a mere 4 miles, but waiting in the parking lot for Mom and Dad to be done.
I texted Mom and Dad had just gone back for his imaging, twenty-five minutes late, and it was twenty-five minutes of imaging, so I told her I was going to run and pick up Lulu and be back.
Truly in the middle between my parents and grandchildren. I was able to get Lulu without incident and we were back in plenty of time. In fact, by the time Mom and Dad were done, Jaime had picked her up and they were on their way home.
I was happy to be able to help. Lulu gets tummy aches, this time I think linked to a lot of congestion she seemed to have. But they also come with her disorder. Of course, the pediatric gastroenterologist couldn’t be bothered with the whole thing and, while she saw elevated levels of something, she’s seen worse and saw no reason to do a thing for her.
If you’re in the medical profession, please don’t treat parents this way. It’s demeaning, demoralizing, and frustrating as all heck! My daughter knows there is something wrong with her child and the snotty arrogant attitude she received from this doctor was not only uncalled for but unprofessional. It’s just as well that I don’t know her name because my Grandma Bear instincts say to give her a piece of my mind.
Anyway, everyone got where they needed to be without interruption. I babysat Lulu again last night while her brother went to baseball practice and she seemed okay. Tired and snotty (congestion snotty), but okay.
I’m so happy that I have a life which allows me to be able to help my loved ones, but there are days like today where I truly do get stuck in the middle and choices must be made. I feel lucky that I was able to help everyone today without any problems.
Are you stuck in the middle? Maybe it’s parents and your own kids? Maybe, like me, it’s parents and grandkids. Regardless, share your story with me. I know I’m not alone!