This month, I will address a conference of pediatricians in Hull, England. It will be the second time I’ve spoken at a conference, though the first time I was 23 and I delivered a paper on post-colonial literature. I can’t even remember the book I spoke on… so a very memorable speech then.
One of my friends is a doctor – several actually, but this particular one is organizing the conference and she asked me to come speak about May. In other words: she took a big risk on a friend of hers who, she knows, has a big mouth.
I’ve spent several months thinking about what I want to say. The opportunity to address a room full of medical professionals is a rare gift. To speak to them outside of an appointment, with no pressure on them to address May’s medical needs. To tell them what I really think: about them, about May, about anything really. That’s big.
It’s delicate though. Too critical and they will get defensive, too kind and I’m stroking egos. Neither option sounds at all useful.
So, I thought before I close off writing my speech, I’d turn to you readers and ask, if you were in my position: What would you say to a room full of doctors?
One more thing: Major success!
May’s height and weight were measured this week. She is no longer off-the-charts small, literally below the zero percentile in height and weight compared to others her age. There are actually children out there shorter and lighter than her!
May’s weight: 11.5 kg / 25.3 lbs
May’s height: 90 cm / 35.4 inches