March 08, 2007

Good Pee

My cousin is staying in Rochester for the next few weeks while her husband, Matt, recovers from a kidney transplant operation that took place a few days ago. Matt's father donated the kidney, so it's an inspirational and heartwarming story and all that.

I came to an odd realization yesterday, as I and several other family members stood clustered around Matt as he laid there in his bed of recovery. That realization was, in a hospital environment, all sorts of conversation that's otherwise taboo is not only not taboo, it's pretty much encouraged.

For example, one of the big topics of conversation revolved around how good Matt's "numbers" were when it came to how his new kidney is functioning. Apparently, his "numbers" are better than at any time since his last kidney transplant some 30 years ago or so. So, that's good news and all.

However, as a visual representation of the quality of his numbers, people apparently felt compelled to comment on the large cannister of urine sitting on the floor. There you had family members, most of whom probably have never walked in on Matt in the bathroom, eagerly and enthusiastically commenting on his augmented ability to produce copious amounts of urine. No one really mentioned the fact the urine was draining into that cannister by means of a catheter, but the urine itself was a topic for intense conversation.

At one point, my aunt actually looked at the urine cannister and said, "Good job, kidney!"

I'm sure the kidney appreciated the vote of confidence.

Posted by Ryan at March 8, 2007 12:25 PM | TrackBack

Dude, this has nothing to do with the pee, but you must check this out immediately:

Posted by: Joshua at March 8, 2007 08:41 PM

I can't remember where, but I've seen that before. It was funny then, too.

Posted by: Ryan at March 8, 2007 09:02 PM
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