I’m sitting in the waiting room at Labcorp listening for my name to be called. Another “post-cancer follow-up” tour has begun. I’ve been doing this tour twice a year now for three years. The first stop on the tour is at Labcorp where I get my blood work done. This is the stop where I begin to notice the worry and thoughts about “what if” come into my mind. The second stop on the tour is at the radiologist’s office where I get a thyroid ultrasound. The tour ends at my endocrinologist’s office where we go over the results and go from there. (They just called my name. I need to go back to the next waiting room now!)
Ok, I’m back. I must say, that was an uplifting experience. The lab tech who drew my blood greeted me with a smile. She was upbeat and has a positive attitude. This is usually not the case. I noticed a box on her workstation of Crayon Bandages. I asked her what they were. She walked over, took out a red one, stuck it over the gauze on my arm and said, “Here you go. Let’s make this fun!”
As I left Labcorp, I thought about how attitude goes a long way in life. It is so easy to get caught back up in the cancer attitude and feel down when going back for medical treatment of follow-up procedures. I tend to forget that there is a choice. It doesn’t have to be a negative experience. It all starts with my attitude.
I kept the red crayon bandage and put it in a place where I would see if everyday. It will now serve as a reminder for me to check my attitude. It’s the little things like a red bandage that can deliver a big message and lesson in life.