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Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:00 am

We all like to think that we’re in control. Naturally, we eventually find out that’s not our choice.

Welcome to my world. For the past month, I’ve been pretty much in limbo. I’m in the hands of the health care professionals and have to say they’ve pulled me through a lot in that reasonably small amount of time.

And I have the marks to prove just how much work has been done on this imperfect body of mine.

I’ll get into the details in later columns, but suffice to say that I’ve gotten the point (of a needle) more that I could ever have imagined.

I spent eight days in the hospital and was beginning to wonder if I was going to run out of blood at some juncture. Had I felt better, I might have kept track of all those sharp visits. But on reflection, it’s probably better that it was all a blur. When you’re wakened from a sound sleep to present arms and flash prime sticking locations, it’s not the sort of thing you like to document and recall. As in, well the tech found that vein in a hurry and it was relatively painless. Or, gee, that was sort of a nasty episode.

But I still have to say that I’m pretty impressed with all those people who choose to enter the medical calling. It can’t be easy dealing with patients all day and night who are sick, cranky and just out of sorts.

And still, some of these caring people find a way to make it all a little special.

For instance, toward the end of my stay, one of the techs came in during the early morning hours to do her thing. She got me awake enough to understand what was happening and proceeded to tell me how much my writing meant to her.

She explained how her father encouraged the kids to read the newspaper back when they were young. He said that was essential to a good education.

Well, she took it to heart. And in the process, she explained how she started reading my columns. This was just the sort of encounter that I needed about that time to make me feel at least halfway worthwhile.

Then she added that now she’s passed that devotion of reading along to her own kids and that she has a son who is heavily invested in an intense reading program that is furthering his education.

Through the fog of hospital incarceration, there was a brief glow through that visit. The woman did wonders to pick up my spirits.

Of course, there were dozens of nurses and others who had no idea who I was. And that was fine, too. But, for the most part, most of those Medical Center Hospital employees were leaving me with good impressions. Most of them seemed to care about what they were doing and why they were doing it.

More challenges lie ahead. And, by golly, I still am dealing with a whole lot of upbeat people who make me feel special at times.

So what I’m saying is that if I can’t always be in control, it’s nice to have lots of people who try to assume that role when it really matters.

Odessa, TX

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