And now for something completely different....
This morning, I had an appointment at the research center. They just enrolled me in another study, a LDL study this time instead of my usual hypertension ones. But my first bus didn't come. So after 15 minutes, when I should only have waited 5 minutes, I went back to the house, roused my roomie Becky--the only one with a car--and after looking up the route in my trusty Thomas Guide, she drove me without incident to my appointment. I thought the rest of the day would go smoothly.
After being weighed, having a blood sample drawn and leaving a urine sample, plus an EKG and my waist circumference taken, I sat in the room to wait. And wait. The staff popped in apologizing for the delay. It seems they tried to enter my personal identification code for the study, and kept getting an error message. Finally, they discovered someone at the first visit had accidentally marked me as male, and made an error on my date of birth. They tried calling the company that was between them and the drug company, but had a problem getting ahold of someone who could fix the problem. So they called the drug company.
They offered me a cup of coffee, and I accepted it. Later, I was given a delicious granola bar--thankfully not a crunchy one, with my teeth. Still later, the nurse practitioner came by with more apologies and more goodies--an apple, an oatmeal square, and some Tootsie Rolls. I'd taken my blood pressure meds and another trip to the ladies' room. I also ate the can of peaches I'd brought along, since I was to fast before the appointment.
Finally, the problem was cleared up, I was assigned to the study group--double blind, a pill daily and a shot with an Epipen every four weeks--and was given the pill and gave myself the shot in the tummy. I was there for 2 1/2 hours, they were very apologetic and appreciated my patience and understanding. Hey, I was in a good place, getting angry would've done nothing, and it wasn't really their fault. They asked if I wanted to come in tomorrow to get the meds, but I said no, I work Thursdays and Fridays. I chose to wait. I had a sudoku book with me that I did while waiting. And best of all, it wasn't busy.
So this study will be 12-14 weeks long, and at the end I will recieve $450, $50 a visit. I could really use that moolah.
I didn't get to the library to use the computer until 20 to 1 p.m. I ate the lunch I packed while waiting for the first bus back.
I praise God that He has been helping me keep my cool, because it sure isn't me doing it.
So, Pup, are you saying that like Topsy, you "jest grewed"?