As I have not been doing anything amazing in the kitchen lately, I thought I would share a family story with you. It is Pittsburgh related, don’t worry.
So via Facebook, I find the following photo of the upper arm of a seemingly normal, well adjusted cousin.
Obviously, I think ‘WTF’. I quickly comment on the photo; “Is this real?”.
Later in the day, he sends me the following email. I thought it was such a nice story, I chose to share..
This is actually why I got the tattoo, not because of some penchant for water fowl or naval officers:
The design I chose is pretty weird and not tough at first glance. It’s a huge Donald Duck face on my right shoulder, and his head is centered in a dark blue circle, and he has a big letter C on the front of his hat.
Reason behind this design is that when I was a little boy and I was really sick, I used to go into Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh quite regularly for checkups and to have work done. There were a lot of surgeries, a lot of extremely painful procedures and processes and other just completely miserable and unpleasant shit that no little kid should ever have to go through. And I used to look at the date on my calendar every year like it was D-Day. It got to the point where my mom wouldn’t tell me when my appointments were, and would tell me we were going to Pizza Hut instead until I started to freak out like a pet recognizing the route to the vet.
Anyway, this all sucked, and my most vivid memories are from when I was like 5-6-7-8. Through all this, there was one doctor there, Dr. Bellinger, who would always come into my hospital room and do this completely ridiculous and in hindsight, completely awful Donald Duck impression. And for some reason, it always made me laugh. Like I was all about this Donald impression for some reason. It got to the point where I would stay up the night before and draw him Donald Duck pictures to hang on the wall, and I would even work on an impression of my own. I guess I liked it so much cuz it was the only pleasant experience I ever seemed to have at that place over that span of years.
So over the years, Dr. Bellinger left Children’s Hospital, and I had a ton of other pediatricians, urologists, nephrologists, internal medicine practitioners, etc., and just about all of them always went out of their way to make those horrible appointments that much better, and I wanted to give them a tribute in the form of a tattoo. So I got Donald Duck the size of a drink coaster, in honor of Doc Bell, and the rest of the staff that followed me over the years, and put a big C on his hat in honor of Children’s Hospital and all the great work they do there (not only for me, but for thousands of other kids) and how they saved my life and kept me alive for the 22 years I spent going there.
This put a smile on my face. I always knew my cousin suffered from some pretty serious medical issues as a child – however, I was the same age as him and not always made aware of everything that was going on. I had no idea that time in his life had such a profound effect on him.
In posting this, I hope to remind Pittsburghers (and others!) of the wonderful medical facilities and professionals we have in our area. Also, you never know when there is a deeper story behind something 🙂
I would also like to encourage your support of all our Pittsburgh medical institutions. In fact, another favorite Pittsburgh blog, That’s Church (Pittgirl!) is encouraging your participation in winning Children’s a new media room from the Children’s Miracle Network. All you have to do is vote online. Check out Pittgirl’s post here. Or go straight to the voting site here.
You could also take a moment to visit the Children’s Hospital website. Here you will find more amazing stories and a plethora of information on the hospital.
Enjoy your Saturday 🙂
Edit: Update to ‘Something to Brighten Your Day’ – donate to a worthy cause here!