Mood: hug me
Topic: "The Good Doctor"(6)
"Emergency" is one of those words that fails to connote true meaning, at least to Frodo. It is closer to "Stop" or "Problem" than it is to "Danger" or "Fire." An "emergency situation" can refer to a shortage of lettuce in a salad bar, as well as a life-threatening natural disaster. If Frodo were King of the World, he would require that every word would have but one meaning despite the confusion that might be caused by the use of polish by anyone who happened to be Polish.
Fiona was named for the host of an NPR broadcast entitled "Thistle and Shamrock," Ms. Fiona Richie. This factoid disputes Frodo's claim to thousands of youngsters who have grown up with the presence of Shrek (or is it Shreck?) that Fiona was truly "the most beautiful girl in the world," as identified in the movie. It has always been a conversation starter with a new generation for Frodo, and continuously wins Fiona new friends, and lots of nice pets on the head.
Fiona seemed to be squinting, if not blinking her eyes when she stepped into the sunlight. Despite the reasonableness thereto, it was something noted by Frodo. A day or so later, he further noted the prence of waste matter in one eye. He brought it to the attention of Samwise, who wisely suggested a quick visit to Dr. Porsche (referring to the motorcars driven by the veterinarian and financed by the Hobbit) to remove any foreign objects or minor infection.
Sam called Frodo at Mount Doom to inform him that Fiona was to be treated at the "Emergency" Clinic after her examination at the office of Dr. Porsche. It was his preliminary prognosis that Fiona was suffering from glaucoma. Sam was cool, and Frodo wore a similar, if not false, veil. The "Emergency" Clinic practitioner, according to Sam, was a graduate of Tuskeegee, and she seemed both capable and authoritative. She confirmed the diagnosis as glaucoma, and informed Sam, who informed Frodo, that it was an "Emergency" and that Fiona required immediate surgery. Treatment otherwise would not be effective in this instance, and Fiona's vision was at risk.
The doctor called a few minutes ago to inform Frodo that Fiona had come through the hour-and-a-half surgery famously. Frodo thanked her for her sensitivity, her knowledge, and her skill. She seemed a bit taken aback, and told Frodo that Fiona had been an "excellent patient."
Mick, the Wonder Dog, has been upset all evening. He lies at Frodo's feet and silently stares at his friend, asking where Fiona is and wondering who will play soccer with he and Frodo in the morn. Beau Neau McKitty wanders in and out of every room in the abode upon the Shire, looking to find where Fiona is hiding. He has entered Frodo's computer room 8 times in the past half-hour.
Frodo and Sam, along with Mick, the Wonder Dog, will rescue Fiona at 10:00 tomorrow morning. On the way home, Frodo will examine the plastic Elizabethan collar to which Fiona will be sentenced for a couple of weeks, and he will listen as she recants everything that happened during Frodo's absence. Frodo is sure the dialogue will include a new definition to the word "Emergency." Frodo, it seems, will have to think up another word to take its place. Fiona rules.