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“CARROT TOP”

I CAN’T REMEMBER WHICH VISIT IT WAS THAT I WENT UP TO CAROL’S HOSPITAL ROOM AND SHE WAS IN BED WITH 5 DIFFERENT BAGS HANGING FROM AN I.V. POLE THAT WERE FEEDING MEDICINE INTO HER INTRAVENOUSLY. OUT OF THE BLUE, SHE SAID “I WANT YOU TO COLOR MY HAIR TODAY. I THINK IT SHOULD BE RED.”
ABOUT THAT TIME A MALE NURSE CAME IN TO REPLACE ONE OF THE BAGS, AND I SAID (FIGURING HE WOULD SAY ABSOLUTELY NOT) “CAROL WANTS ME TO DYE HER HAIR TODAY.” AND HIS REPLY WAS “GO FOR IT LADIES!

SO OFF I WENT TO THE DRUG STORE WHERE I WAS SCARED TO DEATH THAT THE CHEMICALS IN SUCH PRODUCTS COULD BE DANGEROUS TO HER. FINALLY SOMEONE CONVINCED ME THAT “HENNA” COLORING WOULD BE SAFE.

SO I RETURNED TO THE ROOM AND GOT CAROL TO SIT ON THE EDGE OF THE BED AND I STRUGGLED TO PUT THE SOLUTION ON HER 1 INCH LENGTH OF HAIR. THE DIRECTIONS CALLED FOR LEAVING IT ON FOR 20 MINUTES, BUT I PANICKED AFTER 9 MINUTES. DRAGGING THE I.V. POLE BESIDE HER, WE WENT INTO THE BATHROOM,THAT WAS BARELY BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH US, AND CAROL HUNG HER HEAD OVER THE SINK BOWL (WITH THE BACK OF HER HOSPITAL GOWN OPEN TO THE WORLD) WHILE I TRIED TO GET THE SOLUTION OUT BY POURING WATER FROM A PAPER CUP.

I MUST SAY I WAS GREATLY RELIEVED TO SEE THAT CAROL HADN’T END UP AS A “CARROT-TOP” ! (ALTHOUGH I THINK ACTUALLY SHE WAS DISAPPOINTED ABOUT THAT!)

One Response to “CARROT TOP”

  1. Brooke Ray June 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    Sherry is that you? Somehow Mom still ended up with orange hair at some point though, right? Was that round 2? Great story!

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