Birthday

When I’m home in the US, people sometimes ask me what I see changed. This time, it’s birthdays that have changed. Not birthdays themselves, but how they are used.

At the doctor’s clinic, the receptionist sometimes wants my birthday before my name. The lab tech asks my birthday before taking my blood. When I get a phone call from the doctor’s office about Dayle, they will accept my answer to their question if I can supply Dayle’s birthday. I have to give my birthday to pick up a prescription, and on it goes.

A birthday is no longer just a celebration; it’s also a verification mechanism in medical care.

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3 thoughts on “Birthday

  1. It will be a sorry day when the time comes that we forget our birthdays!

    Ed, when are you returning to Ghana? I would like to talk with Dayle before you leave. Please tell me what telephone number to call, and when would be the best time. It is good to know that Dayle has recovered and is well enough to return to Africa.

    March 18 I stopped to visit a friend who had hip surgery at Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin. She had another friend, from McMinnville, already in the room visiting her. I asked Mary Hill where she goes to church, and if she knows anyone named “Lauber.” “Yes, Ed & Dayle spoke at our church last Sunday!” I’ve intended to write to you ever since, but now it is already 11 days since I met Mary Hill from McMinnville in Eileen Johnson’s hospital room.

    Our house # is 503-653-1473, and my cell phone is 503-309-1084, if Dayle wants to call me.

    Shalom and salaam,

    Louise Anderson

    *From:* Heart Language [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:10 AM *To:* louise_anderson@wycliffe.org *Subject:* [New post] Birthday

    Ed Lauber posted: “When I’m home in the US, people sometimes ask me what I see changed. This time, it’s birthdays that have changed. Not birthdays themselves, but how they are used. At the doctor’s clinic, the receptionist sometimes wants my birthday before my name. The “

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