Writer’s Workshop: My Last Date

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Mary and I always try and combine business with pleasure. Most common is when I have a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment, after which we’ll go for lunch, coffee, or maybe both. Our most recent occasion was Tuesday, when I had my colonoscopy scheduled.

I won’t go into a whole lot of detail on the actual event or the preparation for it (trust me, you don’t want to know), but suffice it to say that I didn’t get any sleep Monday night, then had to get up at the crack of dawn to drive to the hospital and have the procedure done. One thing that was nice was that they anesthetize you before doing the exam, which meant that, at long last, I got some sleep. It was just an hour, but when I woke up they were just wheeling me back into my room at the Endoscopy Center. Oddly enough, I was pretty wide awake and much less tired than I was when I went in.

I hadn’t eaten since Sunday night, so we went to the O’Charley’s near our house. (O’Charley’s is a chain of restaurants based in Nashville; I haven’t been able to verify their locations outside our area, but they’re mostly in the Southeast.) Mary likes the steak there, and since we don’t have steak at home usually has it there. My favorite there are the chicken tenders, which I had with sweet potato fries and mac and cheese. And may I say, after nearly 36 hours, they tasted great.

After that, we stopped at our neighborhood Starbucks. They still haven’t opened their seating area, but we went through the drive-thru. Mary really likes their Golden Ginger drink, and I had a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino. We took them home and, since it was raining, sat in the car and had our drinks. When we were done, so was the rain.

Nothing especially glamorous or extra-special about our date, on the one hand. On the other hand, any time I spend with Mary is extra-special.

25 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: My Last Date

  1. Somehow, you made the Colonoscopy procedure seem, well, so matter-of-fact. Medical “invasion” done and…off to lunch!

    I like that. A lot.

    Also think I’ll like that Golden Ginger drink an awful lot as well. Think I’ll head to Starbuck’s tomorrow and give one a try.

    Stay well, stay safe!


    1. It’s easy to think of something as “no big deal” when it’s over. The worst part was the prep. Once that was past, the rest was reasonably easy.


  2. That sounds like a great date! And those Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappucinos are delicious!

    I haven’t been on a date since I was married and my husband and I were actually getting along, so I don’t even have a clue what we did. It was probably the Air Show in 2008, though.



  3. Sounds like my kind of date. I’d hate to be starting from scratch. You know you’re meant for each other for the long haul when you happily turn a colonoscopy into a quality date!


  4. That’s how Hubby and I do things too: we turn appointments or errands into an opportunity to have a lunch date somewhere. I really like the freedom to go someplace to eat out. Glad things are opening back up some. We like usually to have lunch out on Saturday before grocery shopping.


    1. We usually don’t go out to eat on Saturday, even though it would probably be the best day for it. It’s kind of nice getting out during the week, even if we just pick something up and eat in the car. I’m hoping things get back to normal well enough that we get back to spending the afternoon at Starbucks. I kinda miss that…


  5. Hi, John!

    Thanks for taking a peek at my post today, good buddy!

    Boy, can I ever relate to your colonoscopy experience! I had one done in 2013 and your account brought back memories. As you reported, the day of prepping was an ordeal, followed by a sleepless night and then having to arise in the predawn darkness and be driven to the Endoscopy center. The best part is when you awake afterward “relaxed, refreshed and remembering nothing,” are given a clean bill of health by the doctor, and finally get to eat solid food again.

    I am eager to try that Starbucks Golden Ginger drink. Thanks again for joining me at Shady’s Place, good buddy John!


  6. This is exactly how Pat and I have dates too. Usually involves an errand, coffee and lunch. And they’re my favorite! 🙂 Glad your procedure went ok, that 36 hour fast sounds awful. My friend Marci did it just before the shutdown and after fasting for 36 hours, she went in for her appointment and they said it was cancelled due to the pandemic. They also told her they gave her the wrong test and that she shouldn’t have had to fast for 36 hours. She was MAD. lol!


    1. Mine was originally scheduled for March, and they called me the day before I was to start my prep and told me the test was canceled due to covid-19. It was a relief, although I knew I’d have to do it eventually. I don’t blame Marci for being upset. I’d still be yelling if that happened to me.

      Mary and I are not exactly the most formal couple around. It’s been years since I’ve worn a suit and since Mary’s worn a dressy dress with stockings and makeup, and we don’t miss it. We just like each other (as well as loving each other, of course) and like to spend time with one another.


  7. Hi John – so glad to know all went off smoothly and I hope the report back is clear. Great that you took the opportunity to have a bit of extra time out with Mary enjoying lunch together … sounds to be a good finish off – look after yourself – all the best Hilary


  8. Hopefully all went well with the procedure. You shouldn’t have to have another one for a while, right? The part after that sounds like a very nice date.


    1. They found a couple of small polyps, which went off to the lab for testing. Barring any trouble with those, it’ll probably be 3-5 years before I do it again, and that might be the last time, since I understand they don’t like to test you past 70. And yes, it was nice to get out with Mary.

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  9. I’m glad to hear you are through with your procedure. Your time spent with Mary sounds delightful. Now I want a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino!


  10. I had to have a colonoscopy last year, quite an experience! I had sedation rather than general anaesthetic so watched the camera live on screen, which was actually really interesting… glad it’s not a regular procedure though…


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