I went to my massage therapist last week and as I was giving her the list of things that were going to require work I told her that I was having problems with my knee. She said it sounded like there might be some structural damage. I said, "Yeah, I might have to call the doctor." And then, without the slightest clue where it came from I added, "But then the doctor will probably have to call the nurse, and the nurse will call the lady with the alligator purse!"
And from there I told her that I thought a blog post was forming.
Have any of you ever really thought about this one?
"Mama called the doctor, and the doctor called the nurse. The nurse called the lady with the alligator purse."
Ok, now I can remember my mother calling my doctor a number of times. I don't recall Dr. Allan ever calling a nurse, except maybe to take blood, or do x-rays, or something along those lines. But he never said, "Gee, all my years of medical school are failing me," and called the nurse. I'm not discounting the skills and knowledge of nurses. I know that they are very knowledgeable and absolutely great at their jobs. However, I also know that doctors receive more training and medical knowledge in their schooling, otherwise there wouldn't be doctors and nurses.
Here is where it gets even crazier, "The nurse called the lady with the alligator purse." Who is this lady with the alligator purse? Could I see her credentials? Where did she study medicine? And why is she more uniquely qualified to handle my medical situation than my doctor or my nurse? And what's with the alligator purse? Is it her fancier more fashionable version of the doctor's black medical bag? If so, that's completely understandable. I mean, one does want a hint of color, right? Even if it is just a regular purse, I guess I can understand that too, if her purse is like mine and has been known to resemble Mary Poppins' carpet bag. I suppose it is entirely possible that perhaps she has something in that purse that the doctor would find useful. But again, I'm confused as to why she's being called in to consult on my case.
Is she perhaps a shaman or medicine woman for some Aboriginal tribe? A holistic medicine specialist?
I don't know... It may be one of life's great mysteries that never gets solved.