(19-03-03) Dr. Melissa

Dr. Melissa has officially redeemed herself.

(1) She’s bringing me three jars of that pain-relieving cream next weekend (one is for you, Michelle!). I already gave her the money, and she has an appointment with the guy who makes them this week.

(2) She told me where the organic grocery store is. I’ve been asking all the staff here for weeks about a health food store, and no one had any suggestions for me… even though Prana is only two miles from the clinic!

(3) This morning, she took my almond milk, unsweetened peanut butter, and rotting banana from my room and had the kitchen staff turn it into a bomb ass breakfast smoothie. After eating eggs and 12-grain toast for breakfast every day for the past six weeks, this is *seriously* hitting the spot.

I’m already feeling my mood shift upwards. Bye, Grumpy Tarah. I know you’ll be back, but I’m gonna enjoy our space while you’re gone.

(19-02-25) Sunday Not Funday

Reactions to the magnet vaccine hit a day earlier than expected, and I learned this weekend that Sunday is the worst day here to need some extra personalized attention.

  • There are only two staff present on Sundays: Dr. Melissa (bilingual) and Nurse Mari (almost exclusively Spanish-speaking). This means that two people are responsible for nine different patients, which is a lot, considering some of us can be a little needy when they’re not feeling well (ahem, ahem).
  • Because these two are only here on Sundays, they really don’t know our needs and routines like the other staff do. Hence, we waste a lot of time reviewing information that I feel they should already know.
  • They both pull long shifts on these days: Dr. Melissa, 36 hours, from Saturday night to Monday morning; and Mari, 24 hours, from Sunday 7am – Monday 7am. They get tired. They sneak naps in the middle of the night. They don’t always respond quickly to 3am panic buzzes from my room.

So yeah, if I can figure out a way these last few weeks to get my symptoms to act up any other day of the week besides Sunday, I’m gonna work that out.

On a positive note, Dr. Melissa gave me a bottle of specialized arnica and eucalyptus cream as a pain-relieving topical treatment. Holy cow, this stuff works way better than the Arnica cream I commonly buy back home at Sprouts. She said her friend specially makes it, which makes this gesture even sweeter. Hopefully, I can find a way to order it back in the states…or sweet talk Dr. Melissa into adding some into my home treatment program.