The White Cottage


Have You Hugged Your Doctor Today?

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Well, I have!!! Yesterday, in fact, at my annual checkup. My Nephrologist at St. Joeseph’s in Hamilton is really something and I love him to death. He’s young, intelligent, funny, witty, up-to-date, positive and cute, too boot!! Not everyone has such luck with doctors and I count myself lucky. I’ve had nothing but the best care from day one at St. Joe’s and despite the fact that they are all over-worked and under-staffed, each and every one of them takes the time to make you feel important and special.

I’m now in the tenth year with my new kidney and, with each passing year, my life just seems to get better. At every visit I’m given the latest information, any tweaks in my medication and am able to ask as many questions as I need. They also include Nat in order that he, too, be kept abreast of what’s going on – plus he’s my memory at times when it’s information overload.

This past visit was just plain fun. I’ve been feeling extra good of late because of such “tweaks” in certain meds and I knew this check-up would hold no surprises. Bringing the Doc up-to-date on how I’ve been doing, we had our usual chat and along with a laugh or too, I was good to go. We got to laughing quite a bit for some reason, so much in fact that the Doc joked I should come back next month to make him feel better. Having a positive attitude is the key to this whole transplant thing. I go in feeling “up” and I always come out feeling “up”.  The Doc then shook Nat’s hand and turned to me and gave me a big hug!!!  Now if that doesn’t make your day, then I don’t know what would!!


Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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