My Life With A Hole In It

I want to tell you guys a beautiful story. This morning I had an appointment with my dermatologist to get a few “thingies” removed. His assistant said I could thank my grandmother, since they were hereditary. I looked her right in the eye and said, “FU, grandmother!” She looked shocked, not knowing if I was kidding or not. I told her I was.

Then the doctor comes in. He had a major intestinal blockage that required emergency surgery and had been off for five weeks. We chatted about that and soon I was making him laugh. I told him what I had told his assistant about my grandmother (whom I loved, btw).

I told him about my book and turns out he has an idea for a book. He asked about how to get published and I told him I was using and was working on my second book. He wants a copy of LIFE WITH A HOLE IN IT. I told him what it was about and he got tears in his eyes. I said I would send him a copy.

“How did you escape the medical arrogance?” I asked him frankly. “I don’t know,” he said, “I’ve just never been an arrogant kind of guy.” I told him that I had no family in town besides my son. I said, “If he’s out of town, I have no backup.” He said, “You’ve got me.”

I don’t know this guy personally. I just know he has been my dermatologist for years and I have always liked him. For him to say that was huge because he meant it. He was saying, in so many words, “Call if you need any backup. I’m here and I mean it.”

He mentioned going to Auschwitz because he had relatives who were there. He also gave me the name of a family physician that is unusually kind, someone he refers people to and knows personally.

This man made my day. He wants my book and he offered his sweet spirit to me. He has a busy practice, but he clearly enjoyed our conversation and when we walked me up the checkout desk, a group of his employees were gathered around the desk.

“I want you guys to meet this woman,” he said. She’s written for Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy. So I left there with a happy heart and a book sale. Most importantly, there are people in this world who have such big hearts they will offer their friendship to strangers they feel needs a loving connection. I drove home on air and with a few less “thingies.”

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