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I swear I’m not a stalker

March 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Trying to locate people from nearly 15 years ago and ask for permission to use their names has proved interesting.  Although I only had Charlene as my nurse that one fateful day, she’s such an integral part of the story that I decided to track her down.  I figured I would call the L&D floor at Wesley and see if one of the long term nurses remembered her and might possibly know where she’s working.  Unfortunately, it quickly deteriorated into making an ass of myself – something I’ve gotten pretty good at over the years.

The poor girl who answered the phone suffered through my explanation which went something like this, “Hi.  I was a patient there about 15 years ago for about 5 weeks.  During that time I had this great nurse named Charlene and now I’m writing a book, well maybe not a book, but articles at least and I’d like to include her.  I was wondering if I could use her real name so I wanted to get permission but I’m not sure how to locate her.  Is there anyone there who might remember her and could point me to her direction?” 

Which resulted in, “Ummm, I have no idea.  Hang on.”

Next thing I know I hear the sweetest voice on the other end of the phone, “This is Charlene.”  Oh. My. God!

I stuttered and then came up with this, “Charlene?  How ARE you?  Oh dear, I think of you like every day!!  I can’t believe you’re still there.  I’m writing my story and would love to come interview you, you know, buy you a cup of coffee or something and take notes, would you be up for that?  Can I use your real name in this book?”

Yea, nice.  Real  professional there Loopy.

But she handled it like a pro and after telling me she’d speak with her management team for permission, she did call me back and offer to meet me.  Can you believe that?  Holy toledo what would you do if someone called you like that?  I’d run like the wind man.

I’m getting a list of questions together and will hopefully meet with her next week.  I think I’ll take her some flowers or a cake or something.

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