“By the way, tomorrow is Friday, so you can, you know, well it’s Casual Fridays here, no t-shirts or anything, of course not jeans. Slacks are fine though, any kind of button up – actually what you’re wearing now will be okay. Shoes, well, no sneakers, um, and that’s about it.”
As the bed sheets billowed up around me, both an uncomfortable buffet and soothing warmth dislodged my nervousness. Next to me I could hear a young patient’s mother instructing the nurses on how to take care of her daughter, so I turned up the fan to drown it out.