I have mentioned before that I see bees everywhere I look and in everything I do. I don’t know what it is, but even when I am trying to think of other subjects Apis mellifera will creep back into my brain. Last weekend there was a perfect illustration of it.
Unfortunately in healthcare there are no real Holidays or weekends, so there is no such thing as working Monday to Friday 9 to 5. As a result I get the “opportunity” to work weekends on a regular basis. I was having a pretty normal Sunday morning, complete with phones ringing, fax machines ejecting medication orders, and patients bringing in prescriptions. I was in the Pharmacy-Zone so to speak. Things were busier than normal and we were fielding a lot of calls from concerned patients about the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis sourced to NECC.
I honestly hadn’t had time to think about bees all day. That’s when they crept back in on me at least for a brief moment. I grabbed an apple out of my lunch box. Immediately, just by touch, I noticed something weird about it. The misshapen fruit showed signs of poor pollination. Five years ago I would have looked at that apple like almost any other American and had no idea why it looked so strange. Now I see that apple as a reminder of the value of pollinators. I wish more people were looking at their apples a little closer.
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