Just because it felt like the right thing to do
Sunday January 08th 2012, 11:31 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Life

When our kids were little, a trip to Urgent Care or the ER meant a stop at Rick’s Rather Rich on the way home for some of my husband’s patented Emergency Room Medicine, daddy style: made-on-the-premises ice cream, a special treat. There’s a wooden placard inside the little shop declaring, “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”

A million miles from Rick’s, our child with ITP ended up in emergency a few days ago.

And a friend there, having no idea we used to do that…showed up later in the day with ice cream to try to make things a little better.

(Ed. to add: my forever thanks to all those who can donate blood and do. You’re a life saver.)

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Husband does, both stepsons do, they turn daughters and myself away (not enough iron) and let me tell you, in our household that definitely puts us on the lower end of the giving skill. We make it up by donating money and making really nice meals for those who DO donate.

Comment by afton 01.09.12 @ 4:51 am

They actually took mine last time–but not my daughter’s. It’s a bit tough on us females, because it’s hard to keep our iron up enough. I hope she is feeling better. Ice cream is good medicine (but good chocolate is better.)

Comment by LauraN 01.09.12 @ 7:05 am

No coincidences. But kudos to the ice-cream-bringer.

I too have the iron problem. I haven’t tried in a while… but FIL gives almost to the day, every time he can.

Comment by Channon 01.09.12 @ 7:47 am

Thanks for good friends, and good medicine.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 01.09.12 @ 8:13 am

Ice cream is good; chocolate ice cream is better!

Comment by Don Meyer 01.09.12 @ 10:05 am

I should have gone last week, but a pint of blood filled with cold viruses would have been pretty undesirable! But they do a drive every two weeks about three blocks from my house, so I’ll try again. Lucky it’s so often, as I too flunk the iron test a lot of the time!

Comment by RobinH 01.09.12 @ 10:40 am

So nice that the ice-cream follow-up care found its way! (It’s got to be hard for the daddy to be so far away from baby’s local ER and ice-cream parlour.)

Comment by LynnM 01.09.12 @ 1:04 pm

I wish that I could donate blood… but I certainly can wish for enough ice-cream vendors to soothe away one’s fears!

Comment by melanie 01.09.12 @ 3:11 pm

What with knee surgery, receiving two units, looking at more knee surgery and more units, not to mention borderline anemia in which I spend more time south of the border, well, I don’t donate. However, I give to the Red Cross and make up crazy posters that somehow no one uses . . . perhaps it was the Dracula poster that said, “Please donate to the Red Cross, or I will see that you donate to ME!”

Comment by Patricia Day 01.09.12 @ 3:16 pm

I have given and gotten blood. They have saved my life a couple of times, now I root family members on who can,now my blood has to many left over chemicals from chemo and radiation to give.

Comment by Kris 01.09.12 @ 3:49 pm

Oh, I wish I could give blood, but “they” won’t allow me since they don’t want my blood… Unfortunately I have the opposite from your son, a genetic disorder that makes my blood clot more easily. I hope he’s better now!

Comment by Monica 01.10.12 @ 3:14 pm

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