He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
- Isaiah 40:29-31

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I love the look on people's faces

when they don't know what to say. You know like when I'm standing in the elevator at Hopkins and someone notices Joshua and gives me that "oh how sad" look. Or when you put someone on the spot and they have that confused "what are you talking about" look. Well I had on of those moments today where I knew I could cause one of those looks on a few people's faces and if you know me, you know that I took the moment and ran with it.

Today I had to take Adam to the doctor. He has a nasty cough and I thought maybe an ear infection. No ear infection but some gunky lungs so add another antibiotic to the medicine cabinet. Okay so I go into the doctor's office. I'm standing at the counter and the receptionist hands me a clip board with the forms attached.

Receptionist: and since it's National Breast Cancer Awareness month, here is a pink ribbon for you to wear.

Okay so you know it's coming right. Here it is. Here's my chance and the moment.

Me: Now did you hand out gold ribbons last month?

Both receptionists look completely dazed and lost.

R: Gold ribbons?

Me: Yes. Gold ribbons. The gold ribbons because September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

R: We didn't know.

Me: Well given that you are a pediatricians office, I would hope that you would know and I will speak with the doctor about it.

R: Sorry.

Yep. They didn't know. Kind of like the rest of the world. Don't think it would matter anyway. No one seems to know that the gold ribbon represents childhood cancer. And why doesn't the world know? That's because the stupid media makes no point or effort to promote it. Guess no one wants to think about a child having cancer. Well tell that to the millions of parents out there who have a child with cancer. Tell us you don't want to think about it!

Now Anissa, I am off to write that letter for you!


brenda said...

To be a fly on the wall to see that one! You're right though. I am most dissapointed that a pediatrician's office missed up on that one, especially being in that line of the medical field! Scary thought. But, I'll bet that they don't forget that April is National Secretary's Day do they? Cause they know they're getting flowers or a free lunch from the bosses! That's why. I think you're right though, people would rather NOT think about the Children with the cancer because it's much sadder to think or possibly see a child in pain and dealing with the illness than it is an adult. It's easier for the real world to just pretend it doesn't exist. Not reality to you Mommies and Daddies though who live it daily. Just like I said, there's probably a lot of people who read your blogs to keep up with your daily happenings and don't post comments because they just don't know what to say to you guys about it. I just know from my own discussions with you, there's nothing we CAN say to you specifically. Nothing can stop what you're going through right now except the medications and treatments. But, like my father in law has always said, "never hurts to wave and say Hello to people, even if it seems senseless at that time".

Anissa Mayhew said...

HOOORAHH! Go Ami, Go Ami!

Good for you. Whenever someone comes to my door or calls for a charity, I usually answer that if they send me a check for my childhood cancer charity, i'll send them one for whatever they're pimping. Usually a big dose of the shut-ups.

But way to swing one out of the park for our kids. I bet they don't forget that next year. We should plan to hit pediatrician's offices across the country and see if they'll promote with ribbons. since they're so quick to jump on breast cancer when the majority of their patients don't have breasts yet.