I just returned from the doctor with Arthur. It happened again.
"Dad's name?" The young assistant asked me innocently after taking Arthur's temperature and listening to his heart.
I just looked at her for a good 3o seconds. I am sure she thought I had some kind of hearing problem or was just dim witted. It isn't that hard of a question I realize. They just want a name. It's not rocket science. Just give the nice lady a name.
"Um, he's dead.......," I finally answered. "....but he has a name," I continued as if she were now the one who was dim witted.
I explained to this patient gal that I never was sure how to answer this question since I was remarried and my live husband carried the health insurance. So, did they want his name and did any of this information I was rattling on about even matter to her anyway? Too much information, stop talking I told myself, just stop talking.
"Well, we need it for a medical history.....," she told me hesitantly.
"OK, Bob, his name was Bob."
" 4/2/62.....no wait, that's Mike's year....'64, yea 4/2/64"
She waited a minute to make sure I was sure before putting it in the computer.
"Any health issues?"
"Um, he died, I would say that is a health problem," I laughed.
She chuckled, hesitantly. I don't think she thought I was dim witted anymore, she thought I was a nut job.
"Cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma." I tried to get serious.
She typed the information in, closed her laptop, thanked me, told us the doctor would be right in and walked out the door.
Arthur looked at me, shrugged his shoulders, gave one of his half smiles, and went back to his book.
I know we aren't the only one's with a dead dad. There are so many family configurations, I am sure there have to be many with an unknown dad or an absentee dad. Or what about the adopted dad, does his medical information matter? It seems like such a loaded question these days they should send a social worker in to ask the question and not a 22 year old medical technician.
But I am not going to worry about all that today. I am not worried about what information the doctors office needs for their records or how they obtain it. What I am going to concentrate on is how good I was feeling this morning as Arthur and I waited for the doctor to appear in the room. I found the exchange between the med tech and myself to be humorous, another funny story. When I told her non-Hodgkin's lymphoma I didn't tear up and the words didn't stick in my throat, it was just information, a fact of life. And when I mixed up Bob's birth date with Mike's? That was funny too, I think it is a good sign, a sign that the two men seem equal somehow.
It may be a lot to take away from a short interaction and a few simple questions. But what it all says to me is that I might just be in that spot that I have been working so hard and so long for, acceptance.
It is what it is, no apologies, no excuses, no regrets.
At least for today.
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