You’ve got a friend in me

Happppppy March! Does anyone else feel like the months fly by once you reach adulthood?

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At the end of every month I find myself asking, “what did I accomplish this month?” I don’t necessarily mean just at work – but what did I do to make myself happy, what did I do to take care of myself? I decided every day, for as long as I can remember, I’ll write down what I felt was an accomplishment that day to help alleviate this frustration. TBD on if this was a good idea.

Tonight I’m adding a bit of the script focused on friendships, which I’ve found myself thinking a lot about these days. There are certain friendships that I really valued and recently realized I wasn’t sure why; others, I thought we were really close and it turns out the other person felt differently. Friendships have been challenged by distance and other life events, certainly something I’ve discovered in adulthood. It helps you realize who is really there for you – through the good and bad – and will rejoice in your successes, comfort you in sadness and really challenge you to be your best self. In today’s world I’ve realized that life is fleeting, so you might as well be the best f*ing friend you can while you still have time.

Enter scene. At Meredith’s house for family dinner.

GEORGE

Guys, c’mon the dinner is ready! Alex, Izzy, Christina, Meredith! So nice of you to join us this evening, Lexie.

LEXIE

Well thanks, Meredith invited me. (Turns and looks at Meredith) When you said George was cooking, I just couldn’t resist. You don’t strike me as a Bobby Flay type.

GEORGE

I’ll not be offended by that comment and simply ask well, how is it?

LEXIE

You know, if medicine weren’t your thing cooking might be. It’s great, really. It reminds me of my mom’s famous spaghetti! (Awkward pause)

CHRISTINA

Sooooooooo….how was everybody’s day at work today? Who killed someone?

IZZY

Ohh! Me first, me first! Okay, so today Dr. Hann and I worked on a woman who had cardiomyopathy. Generally, this isn’t a big thing because most people can go their lives without realizing they even have it. But lucky for us, her enlarged heart muscle caused an endocarditic infarction.

ALL

Ohhhh! Ahhhhh! (Dramatically)

IZZY

I know, I KNOW. So we performed a myectomy – we removed a portion of the enlarged muscle from the septum, resulting in a widened outflow blood tract and relived the obstruction.

GEORGE
Well if that isn’t a daymaker – congrats!

IZZY

Thank you, thank you. I’d like to take a moment to thank the academy, my loving parents…

GEORGE

Well obviously nothing for me because I’m just the lowly intern, remember? I do lame stuff and follow your orders.

MEREDITH

Nonsense, George. You do a great job, and we appreciate you for doing our lame stuff and following our “orders.” Lexie – you?

LEXIE

Actually, surprisingly uplifting. A kid came in today with thrombophlebitis. Her legs had some mobility, but her swollen veins were causing her so much pain. We caught it early, so there was no pulmonary consequences or anything. We gave her some warafin so it’s all good. And I was helping Dr. Scott in a the neonatal area. I helped with an ultrasound screening and my patient is expecting triplets! Girls!

MEREDITH

Wow, that’s really rare. I hope they turn out ok.

CHRISTINA

Okay my turn already. My day was not so eventful. I diagnosed a patient with chronic venous insufficiency, something that totally could have been done in a doctor’s office. but the bright side is, I did get to repair a severed arm! Not the same patient, of course.

IZZY

Ugh, you have a strange sense for excitement.

CHRISTINA

Well, when you you get your post taken away as Dr. Hann’s right-hand man, the simple things in medicine are enjoyable. (Glares at Izzy)

IZZY

Alright, whoa I did not steal that position from you. Sorry I’m awesome and charismatic?

CHRISTINA

Yes, yes you did! You totally just stole it right out from under my feet!

MEREDITH

Alright, ladies, LADIES! Cut it out. This is family dinner, not a WWE Smack Down.

GEORGE

Word. Ok Meredith, you’re up.

(Knock at the door interrupts her answer)

MEREDITH

Hang on, be right back (walks to front door)

(Opens the door to find Dr. Derek Shepherd standing at her door, smiling)

MEREDITH

Hi?

DEREK

Hey! I’m sorry I didn’t see you all day, it was crazy. So many patients…who knew so many neurological issues existed? Anyways, want to catch a movie for something? or down a bottle of tequila?

MEREDITH

(Looks mischievously at him) Sure, I just finished dinner. Why don’t you come in a sec while I grab my coat?

(They step inside. A chorus of hello’s come from Christina, Lexie, George and Izzy. Meredith and Derek exit, bidding all goodbyes. They link arms as they walk down the sidewalk to the car.)

End of Scene VI

That’s all for now, folks! Peace, love and friendship 🙂

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