Here I am in New England and in the big house again. I'm taking a break from my usual wry sensibility of you-know-what-blows humor, and taking a page out of Ronnie's book to write about ten things that I am actually thankful for when I'm in the unnamed hospital here.
Top Ten Things That Don't Completely Suck About the Hospital
1. Stocking up on free prescriptions. Ignoring the fact that I pay out the ass for my so-called "Cadillac plan" of health care, I enjoy the fact that infection control protocol at my hospital provides me with a shiny new inhaler every day.
2. Some cable stations I do not have at home.
3. In so much as I can navigate the menu, and ignoring item listed in #1, free eats, especially widely available desserts.
4. Respiratory therapists I really like!
5. Unfettered access to Law n Order episodes 24/7, without the shaming eyes of other humans seeing how many hours I can enjoy as background entertainment.
6. Free, though cheap, stethoscope (see item #1 for further social commentary)
7. Endless supply of super friends and loved ones that come-a-callin'.
8. Easily slipping into the "I'm on a spa retreat!" subtext as I enjoy doing my nails, writing many poems, and catching up on my correspondence.
9. Much time for online obsessions of late: vistaprint.com for Patient Press, and overstock.com for much-needed, though too-cheap-to-buy-outright, items such as bipap-friendly pillows and matching springtime bedding, new (pretty, 100% mold and old germ free) shower curtain for after transplant, seasonal purse (I allow myself to buy one purse a year. I believe this is a money saving rule in comparison with my female friends and moreover, foes), new watch as I developed allergy to cheap metal base of my former 4-year-long watch. (p.s. tell me again why my blog does not enjoy endorsement dollars?)
10. Research for future writing projects: Priceless.