Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Fear and confusion

Last week we found out that a friend of ours is sick.  He has had a chronic problem for a long time, but recently there was some acute problem.  He has been in ICU for 2-3 weeks and they are looking to move him to a new room tomorrow.  We haven't seen these people in a while as they had moved away a few years ago and we fell out of touch.  It was only lucky timing that H tried to contact the wife recently and we found out about the husband's health.  They have moved back here as we have some really good hospitals in the area for his treatment and her field is also medical in nature.

We have our appointment tomorrow in the city and since he is in a hospital nearby, we asked if we could visit.  It sounds like he is much improved which is great, so we are going to try to have lunch with the wife tomorrow and see him after lunch for a bit.  We communicated a little today to set up tomorrow and I knew that she has a job at the hospital my clinic is a part of, but it is a huge hospital so I didn't really think much of it. 

Today she tells me that she is in the same building that we will be going to, and then I remember her focus.  Ultrasounds.  I don't really remember many of the specific details, but I do remember that her last company was making ultrasound machines.  Obviously I hadn't really intended to discuss our IF issues with these people.  They are our friends but as I said, ones we are not very close with.  I don't know how much information she will have access to, but she will certainly be able to see what we are coming in for. 

Now I am in a bit of a panic.  We are going to be in her area of expertise and see her 20 minutes after we have our US and speak with the nurse.


Nico said...

There isn't much you can do about this, unfortunately! If she's professional, she shouldn't mention anything even if she does happen to see your name come across the docket (unless she happens to do your u/s, in which case it's a lot harder to avoid). But you certainly don't need to get into any of it if you don't want to. She doesn't need to know any of the backstory...

Hopefully she won't find out though, and you won't have to worry.

Hopeful Mother said...

I hope your paths do not cross so you can avoid the issue altogether! Tough one, all you can do is wait and see what happens.

J Fife said...

I'm probably too late to offer any good advice (if I had any), so I'll just hope that all of the awkwardness was avoided. Even more importantly, I'll be hoping for great results from your ultrasound.

Jessie said...

I'm a lurker who is delurking. (could a more awkward sentence ever be formed?)

I hope that you were able to completely avoid her and that she's smart enough to figure out that if you wanted to talk about it, you would have. I hope that your appointment was awesome and you are floating. And I hope your friend is doing better.