one-hundred and forty-six: a letter for Dr. Lyon

Yesterday I endured my annual physical. I’m extremely lucky to be in excellent health, but something about any doctor’s office makes me queasy. And don’t even talk to me about the vials of blood they extracted—I pull a Scarlett O’Hara almost every time I see a needle. But my doctor is lovely. And the chocolate croissant I treated myself to post-visit made things almost okay.

May 27, 2011

Dr. Lyon,

It was a pleasure seeing you yesterday. I much prefer preventative visits to the ones where I’m congested or can’t swallow. Your calming demeanor and thorough, yet informal discussion of my health makes the experience as pleasant as a doctor’s visit can be.

Big thanks for keeping me in tip-top shape and for the cardiologist recommendation. I look forward to receiving my next echo on a table that can accommodate my long legs, ha!

With any luck at all, we’ll meet again this time next year (and no sooner).

In good health,


effie’s paper  (graciously donated–thank you!)

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