VA medical center today, first appointment. Doc’s an old lady hippy, quick and lithe with long gray hair and a sweet smile.
The New Rules, good for arthritis hands and hot flashes: No more coffee. No sugar. Take fish oil and grapeseed extract, magnesium and whole foods.
Give up coffee? I swallow hard.
“It will help.”
Hands x-rayed. The reservist who jabbed me with pneumonia vaccine joked about the “shot lines” in basic training. “Remember that?” he asked gleefully.
Oh, did I. Imagine: A gauntlet of hypodermics, each one for your two arms. Left, right, left, right.
I’m still smiling.