Thursday, August 13, 2009
Odd, Odd Names
You know you are on some pretty stringent medical protocol when you are laying in bed and your four year old calls from the other room reminding you that you didn't give him his nightly medicine.
After the guilt pangs of being an awful parent, I take him downstairs to grind his chemo pill and put it in some applesauce for him.
"Which one is it?", I call to my wife in the other room as I try to choose between four different bottles of medicines with his name on them.
Before she can answer, Von says from the barstool, "Mercaptopurine" and pronounces it with perfection of a medical student with something to prove.
I smirk to myself that he knows how to pronounce this drug name. And as I look through the other bottles, I see drug names that look foreign to my reading eye but that sound familiar as I hear my wife reference them with Von all the time. Odd names. Names starving for vowels and attention.
Doxcyclene. Methotrexate. Dexamethasone.
Names that confuse and leave spell checker suggestion-less.
I think it's funny. Von can't say the word 'lemonade' without messing it up. But he can rattle off 'mercaptopurine' like nobody's business.