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JuicyLesson 149:A Trip to the Doctor … and the Eagles Doing a Number About “Wasted Time” …

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And finally to sing and play us out of this great week, let’s put our hands together for the Eagles (grammatical error/s not included)

Just sitting and waiting for the doctor to see me about my difficult stomach. I had been feeling nauseous up until a few days ago and thought, at first, that it had something to do with the butter I put in my daily pot tea. So I stopped drinking the tea but to no avail. I was still feeling nauseous at times with bouts of projectile vomiting of mostly liquids since I wasn’t consuming that much in the form of solid food. It was getting so that I was becoming afraid to eat for fear of the negative consequences like nausea or vomiting which I believed could ensue.

We went to see my GP a couple of weeks ago. He examined me and told me to return if the nausea and/or vomiting did. (I neglected to say that I had been feeling pretty good in the three or for days preceding my visit to the doctor.) Anyway, the nausea did come back along with the dry heaves which brought me back to the doctor who, in turn, referred me to the Jewish General Hospital’s Endoscopy and Colorectal Surgery Department where I am to be examined by a doctor who is also an ex-student of mine, and one I always liked and respected very much.

I was freaking out at first since I started to worry that I was here for a colonoscopy which I’ve had before and which I found to be exceedingly unpleasant. Turns out, upon asking at reception, that I am having a stomach exam, where the doctor looks into my stomach. Hopefully this procedure is not as uncomfortable as the above-mentioned colonoscopy.

When I was first told to fast for five hours prior to this appointment, I thought nothing of it. But when I got here I started to worry that since I was fasting, what else could it be? The fact of the matter is that one fasts not only for a colonoscopy but also for the procedure that I am scheduled to undergo – the stomach exam, aka the gastro- something-or-other. Hopefully, there is little or no discomfort associated with the stomach exam I am supposed to have. Certainly it can’t be as bad as the two or three colonoscopies I have been subjected to to this point of my storied life.

Anyway, as I said, I’m just sitting around waiting to be seen by a doctor who also is an ex-student of mine from – and I’m taking an educated guess here knowing that he has been in practice for seven years – around sixteen years ago which would make him approximately thirty- three or thirty-four years old but I’m gonna have to check on that because I just caught a glimpse of him and he looks older than that.

My appointment was for 1:00 pm and I am still waiting to be seen at 2:05 – I guess everyone has the same appointment and they go from there. I am now horizontal which makes typing difficult.

Finally called in and I couldn’t be sedated because that would have meant spending an additional at least four hours in the hospital waiting for the sedative to wear off following the procedure so that I could drive home.

Anyway I couldn’t handle the doctor sticking this little camera down my throat without the sedative. So I made another appointment for the beginning of April at which time I will not drive. I plan to take a cab there, get sedated, undergo the procedure, and then get another taxi home.

Anyway, that’s it for another week as we head towards the half-way point on the road to our goal of producing three hundred and thirteen JL’s in a period of three hundred and sixty five days, the equivalent of a juicy lesson per day for a whole year except for Shabbat. It may happen that I miss a day or two but I haven’t yet and I’ve been going strong since September 9th of last year, a period of five and a half months.

Have a nice weekend.

See you Sunday unless something pops up for posting tomorrow, which sometimes happens.

Peace out.

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