Saturday, March 5, 2011

Another Round for the Team

Post 52
Dear Reader may wish to reference Post 38, Taking One for Team P.D. In the post I describe a P.D. study that I am involved in and the travails I suffered first time around.
Well, at this visit to the clinic, I met again with Dr. PhD who collects data for the study. He asked a series of questions for my Parkinson’s evaluation. Then, I was asked to remember a series of words and repeat them back. I passed those sections of the test. I didn’t do as well on “Subtract seven from one hundred and seven from that, and so, on until you reach zero.”
Then came “Name as many animals as you can,” and the fun began.
“May I name birds?” I asked. “Sure” said Dr. PHD. With pen in one hand and a stopwatch in the other, Dr. PhD would record all the birds as I named them.
In my mind, I went to the Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America. The guide covers 650 bird species.  Martha and I have been actively chasing birds for more than seven years.  I know most of them.
I began, “Osprey, Mississippi Kite, Red tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Harrier.”  Dr. PhD. scribbled furiously.  I moved to the Woodpeckers. “ Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.” I stopped.  Dr. PhD was way behind, but kept on writing, a small smile appearing slowly on his face.
Martha, sitting beside me, was already grinning. She knows that I can’t pass up the opportunity for humor, especially at someone else’s expense.
Dr. PhD put the paper aside. “I’ll count these up later” he said.
“Great” I said. “Next year, may I do Ducks?

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