Monday, January 7, 2008

Dr. Horton A. Pachyderm, M.D.

Despite these claims, Ellie went to a doctor today, a doctor who appeared to be completely human and not the least bit elephantine, and found him charming. She was weighed and measured, gently poked and peered at, lightly bonked with a rubber mallet and still had nary a breakdown. She was sweet, full of giggles and smiles and solemn nods and enthusiastic high-fives. Though thrilled, I think I had a giant "WTF?" bubble over my head the entire time.

This doctor was very kind to her (and very kind to her parents, for that matter) and he said things that made me want to inappropriately, impulsively embrace him or smooch him or bake him a pie. The very best part was his official and thoughtful diagnosis, a diagnosis that brought tears to my eyes and put a spring in my step: Just Plain Weird.

I think I can handle weird.

13 comments:

MamaBird said...

Have you ever seen the Chuck Jones animation with the little green frog with a tophat? He sings and dances to Ragtime Band? And then when this other guy ever gets other people to come see, he just sits there quietly like a frog? Sounds like your daughter pulled one of those. We used to shake our heads and say "Green Frog" as parent shorthand whenever our JPW daughter would act normal. Sounds like you have a great doctor, there's good weird and bad weird and I'm glad he knows his sweet weird ones when he sees em.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Just Plain Weird-- sounds like a secondary blog title.

hippyhappyhay said...

Lol, that sounds like a primo doctor...I wonder if he'd do house calls in New Zealand?

Lisa Milton said...

Oh weird is good, perhaps awesome.

(If it helps, Zack had stitches at 20 months, and hated - and I mean hated - doctors for years. Sadly, he had to see them often.

Now he's easy-peasy puddin' pie (whatever that means) - he even looks forward to seeing the dentist. Go figure.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It's good that you have tender feelings toward your peditrician; you will be spending a lot of time with him over the next few years.

Melanie said...

Sadly, he's a specialist, not our regular pediatrician. This was (knock on wood) a one-time thing.

bubandpie said...

Big exhale - weird sounds good to me. ;)

Mary Ann said...

Hallelujah for weirdos! I'm glad to know you're over there breeding them that way. Mine is absolutely unable to hustle. I think she was born "mellow" instead of weird, which is sort of "weird" since I'm so un-mellow.

Nora Bee said...

Yay! Weird! A good doctor is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

Magpie said...

Weird!?!

I like your doctor.

Professor J said...

Yay weird!

Jessi said...

Too bad you don't have a regular pediatrician that gets that kind of positive reaction. Congrats on the wonderful one-day stand with the specialist, though.

Melanie said...

Thanks for the kindness, everyone.

As Mary Ann said, I don't breed them "mellow." More "spicy" or "piquant." Or maybe "Extreme Nacho Jalapeño Explosion."

Again, thanks, from our weird little family.