Jan. 9, 2021

DOCTORS: I SUGGEST YOU PRACTICE MEDICINE---NOT CONTROL.

FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS... I'VE LIVED WITH A MONSTER GROWING BETWEEN MY LEGS. THE PROBLEM BEGAN AS A SHARP PAIN IN AN AREA ABOUT THE SIZE OF A TINY "DOT" ON MY VULVA. BY THE TIME IT WAS REMOVED TWO DAYS AGO...IT WAS THE SIZE OF A VERY-FIRM HARDBALL. I'VE LIVED IN MEDICAL-HELL FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS... BEGGING DOCTORS TO REMOVE "THE MONSTER" YET I'VE BEEN GIVEN AN ENDLESS "RUN AROUND" BY DOCTORS FROM HOT SPRINGS TO LITTLE ROCK AND....BACK AGAIN.

THE MONSTER LOOKED UGLY, FELT UGLY, AND NONE OF THE DOCTORS WHO MET WITH ME HAD SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT SO, ONE BY ONE, THEY EACH DECIDED TO LET MY PROBLEM BE SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM. ONE DOCTOR TOLD ME I'D JUST HAVE TO "LIVE WITH IT". ANOTHER ARROGANT DOCTOR TOLD ME HE DIDN'T WANT TO SEE IT "IN PERSON"...BUT WOULD LOOK AT IT AS A PHOTO ON MY PHONE! ONE DOCTOR INSISTED ON SQUEEZING THE VERY-SORE MONSTER SO VIOLENTLY... I ALMOST FELL OFF THE EXAMINING TABLE!

MONDAY MORNING, THE MONSTER BEGAN SPRAYING BLOOD EVERYWHERE--FAST AND FURIOUSLY--AND REFUSED TO STOP. THANK GOODNESS THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TEAM LOST NO TIME GETTING ME TO THE NEAREST HOSPITAL'S EMERGENCY CENTER. FINALLY--- TWO DAYS LATER--- A MEDICAL DOCTOR STEPPED FORWARD WHO HAD NO QUALMS ABOUT REMOVING THE SCARY MONSTER FROM MY BODY. AND-- AFTER MEETING DR. MARGARET LARRIMER-- I FELT CONFIDENT IN HER MEDICAL EXPERTISE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, I TRUSTED HER.

THAT'S ENOUGH INFO. FOR NOW. OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS...I INTEND TO SHARE SOME SCARY EPISODES I EXPERIENCED AT THE HOSPITAL. HOSPITALS HAVE BECOME HUGE CORPORATE BUSINESSES AND...WHEN CUSTOMER SERVICE IS NOT THEIR NUMBER ONE GOAL...THEY MUST BE CRITICIZED--- HELD RESPONSIBLE. HOSPITALS MUST BE SANCTUARIES FOR SAVING LIVES...NOT FOR THREATENING/ DESTROYING LIVES.

THE GOOD NEWS FROM MY TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE WITH THE MONSTER---IT WAS NOT MALIGNANT. I'VE NEVER BEEN VAIN BUT...LET ME ASSURE YOU...MY BODY NO-LONGER LOOKS PERFECTLY-BALANCED...LIKE IT DID FROM BIRTH. BUT...AT MY AGE...I SERIOUSLY-DOUBT THE AREA BETWEEN MY LEGS WILL BE "ON PUBLIC VIEW"....ANYTIME SOON. I'M SURE YOU'RE AS HAPPY TO HEAR THAT INFO.... AS I AM TO SHARE IT.

STAY CLOSE...BUT NOT TOO-CLOSE...UNTIL I'M COMPLETELY HEALED.

SALLY