Tuesdays at the chemo unit, Sept 25, 2012

In my chair today I was sandwiched by two different families with two different conversations, two different worlds.

 

Conversation 1:

Father(trying not to look too concerned): Do you want something to eat?

Son: Nah, I’m not hungry.

Female visitor: Oh, you really should eat.

Son: Yeah, I guess you’re right. Maybe later.

Father: How are you feeling?

Son: I’m okay still. The nausea comes later.

I joined in a discussion about traffic with all of them and we ended up sharing our stories. Both the father and son said goodbye with bright eyes.

 

Conversation 2:

Nurse to female patient: You’re not feeling well?

Son of patient, while flipping through a magazine: Yeah, she had to go to the hospital with chest pains. But it was nothing.

Nurse to female patient: Do you have any allergies?

Son (still looking at magazine): Yeah, sulfates

Mother: I don’t want to do this

Son (still looking at magazine): Yes you do

Mother: I don’t want to do this

Son (still looking at magazine): Do you think I’m sitting here for nothing? You have to do this.

Mother: I’ll be nauseous

Son(still looking at magazine): You won’t be nauseous

Mother: I don’t want to do this

Son (finally looks up from his magazine): Look, you aren’t a chicken are you? You have to do this, so let’s just settle down and get it done

 

Sigh. I wanted to wrap my arms around this bewildered woman and bring her over to the world on the other side of my chair.

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