The scene featured two women sitting in a waiting room. My impression was that they were sisters.
The one woman looked worried. She said, “This is the way it started with Mom.”
The sister, trying to re-assure her, replied, “It’s only a test.”
A nurse came out and took the woman into another room.
She had been able to be strong for her sister. But now, sitting there alone, waiting for her sister to finish with the test, she whispered under her breath, “It’s only a test.” This time she was trying to re-assure herself that her sister really would be okay.
Obviously, the two sisters had already been through a similar situation with their Mom. It was also apparent that the outcome had not been a good one.
The ad touched me because I empathized with those women.
I have been the one having “just a test” and I have been the one re-assuring a loved one that everything was going to be all right.
Last week I went for an annual physical. I expressed concern to my doctor about a few troubling symptoms I have been experiencing. After he examined me, he said that he was fairly certain that I was fine. Then came the but. “But, lets run a few tests, just for your peace of mind.”
After I left the doctor’s office I went right to the lab to schedule the test. The earliest appointment they could schedule me for was in two weeks.
Sometimes I think the waiting can be scarier than the test.
So, while I’m waiting I walk around the neighborhood taking photos of whatever I happen to find interesting.
Yesterday, I found this guy hanging at the edge of the Carp pond.