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Written by Nancy Campbell after a particularly trying week at the vet hospital where she works. Feel free to pass it along, but she asks that you include her name.


It's Just a Bird

If it were my brother, I'd find an allergist to help him with his allergies, no matter the cost. But they tell me; it's just a bird.

If it were my sister, I'd find the best laser eye surgeon so she could see again, no matter the cost. But they tell me; it's just a bird.

If it were my mother, I'd hire a staff of oncologists for the disease that is stealing her away from me, no matter the cost. But they tell me; it's just a bird.

If it were my father, I'd find the best orthopedic surgeon to enable him to walk again, no matter the cost. But they tell me; it's just a bird.

If it were my husband, I'd hire every medical professional necessary to put him back together after that terrible accident that almost took him away, no matter the cost. But they tell me; it's just a bird.

If it were my child, I wouldn't skimp on health care, no matter the cost. But they tell me; it's just a bird.

If it were my best friend, I would go with her to the doctor, every day that she needed me to help her through the worst pains in her life, taking off work if necessary and putting my own needs aside, no matter the cost. But they tell me; it's just a bird.

If any member of my family were dying, at that moment I would pull out all the stops and do whatever was in my power to save their life, no matter the cost. But they tell me; it's just a bird.

Just a bird.

Just my friend.

Just my family.

Please my bird no matter the cost.

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