We are happy to report that our recovery from neck surgery is progressing well. Of course, that does not mean we think it is progressing as quickly as we would like. But we are feeling better and do see a light at the end of the tunnel. And when we went for our appointment with the surgeon last week, we discovered a new procedure for checking in had been instituted. When we finished registering, we were told we were being given a green card which we were to deposit in the green box at the surgical clinic. And we were indeed given a very lime green index card with one of our stickers attached to it in order to complete the check in process.
We must say that our instant reaction when hearing we were to be given a “green card” brought a much different image to mind. In fact we were rather puzzled by it as for years we have thought of a “green card” as being a piece of identification denoting the permanent resident status of an alien in the United States. And for the life of us, we could not imagine what it might have to do with a visit to the doctor. Once we realized that was not what was meant, we decided the use of a colored card system was designed to help patients get to the correct clinics. At least we assume different clinics have different colored cards although we really don’t know that for a fact. Nonetheless, we think we might not use the term “green card.” Surely there is some other way to explain how the system works.
Of course, we are also puzzled from time to time by what we read in the newspapers. For example, we found it rather ironic that in a letter to the editor, for which the headline was “Truth about pipeline hasn’t been told,” the letter writer, who we gather is from Oneonta, made the statement that the proposed Constitution pipeline was the “... first pipeline through our region.” We found this difficult to believe as we well remember when the Tennessee pipeline was put through the northern part of Otsego County. And we know full well that those areas of the county which have natural gas available, do so because there are a myriad of distribution lines for the natural gas.