01-30-2011 10:03 PM
My husband has a chronic medical condition which is generally well controlled. Very occasionally it will spiral out of control and while it's not currently life-threatening the episodes are extremely painful for him, can cause other medical issues now and could lead to serious, serious complications as he ages.
Today was one of those days for him. Thankfully, the ER docs, nurses, lab techs and everyone else were extremely professional. They took great care of him, got his condition under control, gave him some good drugs and we were sent home. He'll be fine after he follows up with his specialist.
Anyway, none of y'all want to hear about that.
Knowing that we could be there for a long time, I grabbed him his netbook & charger and of course my NOOK for me before we left. We were in the ER for about 6 hours all told.
Everyone wanted to know what it was. Was it a Kindle? No, it's better. Why is it better? And on and on. The elderly (100+ year-old) man I encountered in the waiting room thought it was the best thing since sliced bread - and swore that he remembered when that was new, too. He was tickled that he could make the font so big. We even bought a book and he read a few pages. He made me write down exactly what it was and where to buy so he and his wife could tell their granddaughter to buy one for them. (I made sure to write down NOOK 3G so they won't have to worry about wireless issues. Although, I only have NOOK Wifi and I had no trouble getting it to work on the hospital's unsecured wireless.)
The young husband who was kicked out of the treatment room, temporarily, while the doctor checked on his wife who was in labor said, "I already bought her jewelry for the baby to give her, but I was trying to think of a clever gift from me. Maybe I'll buy her one of those."
The doctors and Mr. Ya_Ya's nurse thought it was very cool; one of the young docs has an iPad and said he loved it, but didn't like reading on an LCD screen. He read a few pages and I'm pretty sure I sold him some sort of e-ink device. (I imagine NOOK, but he seemed like the "go home and read every possible review, read them again, read them again before he buys something" sort.)
Mr. Ya_Ya's nurse asked me why NOOK over Kindle - she was planning on getting a Kindle and I think she may have changed her mind.
I imagine if we'd been there longer, I could have sold a few more, too.
01-30-2011 10:34 PM
Oh, hun, big hugzz for both of you.
Too bad B&N can't give you a coupon code folks can enter and they could credit it to you toward purchasing books. Wouldn't that be something?
01-30-2011 11:18 PM
I hope he is feeling better and soon. Curl up with the furry friends - the Jack & the Mutt should do a world of good - fuzzy faces have marvelous healing and curative powers.
Here's to feeling better
01-30-2011 11:22 PM
Ya_Ya, what a fabulous story! I do hope that the 100 year old gentleman will have his granddaughter give him a Nook.
01-31-2011 07:41 AM
Definitely NOT cool about having to spend time in the ER. Definitely cool selling Nooks while you were there....
01-31-2011 11:08 AM
I hope the Mr is feeling better. I spend lots of time in the ER and the hospital in general with my Mom (has brain cancer) and the nook is a lifesaver for making the time pass by quickly in an otherwise usually boring place. It's so much easier and quicker to get out the door now that I only have one thing to grab.
01-31-2011 01:02 PM
I know the feeling. Sometimes I wind up having to eat by myself because my husband is out working out or something. People see me reading my Nook and ask me questions. It's a nice thing and I've even helped other nook owners as well when I was at Barnes & Noble. It's just nice to help people.
01-31-2011 02:20 PM
How is Mr. Ya_yas. I'm hoping everyone is doing well and I'm glad you find such a great use for your Nook.
I know I normally do as well, I have people here in my office even coming up to me for me to show them my nook, but unfortunately today I didn't have it to share.
01-31-2011 02:37 PM
Mr. Ya_Ya is still pretty uncomfortable, but it's nothing like the pain that spurred our ER trip yesterday.
I'm sure the doctor-prescribed meds are doing their thing, but Tweedledee, you'll understand that it seems that doggie tongues, doggie breath, doggie whiskers are a far more effective cure. The JRT is a very good nurse. Curls right up with his head in the crook of the neck and seems to know exactly when a doggie kiss is needed. The mutt plays the role of security and sits at the bottom of the bed, always on alert. Any sign that Mr. Ya_Ya is worsening, Mutt investigates "Dad" and then runs off to get "Mom."
Thank you all for asking.
01-31-2011 03:46 PM
I hope Mr. Ya_Ya is on the fast track to feeling better!!
I think it would be great to get a coupon, but if all else doing good is it's own reward!