Valued Friend #1: Billiam G.
…No, his name isn’t really Billiam, but I enjoy calling him that. Also, you have to either call him “Billiam” or “Bill George”. He’s not called just “Bill” that often. Though it does happen hah.
One of my closest friends, Billiam, was the head of kitchen this summer at camp, and I really owe him for watching out for me.
For some people, caffeine is a migraine trigger. In my case, not having a cup of coffee or tea in the morning will guarantee me a headache. And under certain conditions, that can develop into a migraine.
I had a mug that I brought with me that I kept in the kitchen in the main lodge at camp, and each morning, I would make myself a cup of coffee. One day (this was during one of the Greek Weeks, so I was mostly doing office work, program/counselor planning, training prep, and lending a hand with maintenance) when I wasn’t feeling that great, I went back up to the staff cabin to collect a few of my items and take some medication after morning prayers instead of heading right to the main lodge to get my cup of coffee and then meet with Fr. Stephen as we did each morning.
When I got back down to the main lodge, Bill was standing in the wing with my cup, full of coffee. He said “We were starting to run low on coffee, and I was worried you might not get a cup and then might get a migraine. So I poured you a cup. Black, right?”
I could have cried.
It was one of the sweetest things anyone has ever done for me. Bill has Lyme Disease so he’s had his own share of health issues. He also majored in Nutrition and Dietetics in college, so we’ve had conversations about food triggers and what kinds of things I might want to avoid for my migraines and my kidney stones as well. I was just so touched that he was so concerned with me getting a cup of coffee because he didn’t want me to get a migraine.
During the last week of camp (when we actually hadourcampers there and I was being Head Counselor and running things) he came to me and was like, “Listen. There’s gonna be an emergency tomorrow because there was an issue with the Sysco order and there isn’t gonna be any coffee tomorrow.” My jaw nearly hit the floor. I told him not to worry and that I would be able to make myself a cup of tea (or two) and would be okay. I had already had a migraine on Monday of that week, and the after effects of it were still around. So he was super concerned that the lack of caffeine was going to launch me into another migraine attack.
Thankfully, Fr. Stephen went and got coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts for the staff that day because he knew that A) We were all tired and needed coffee and B) If there wasn’t any coffee, the whole staff would probably be useless all day.
Bill did offer to use the Keurig in the Clergy Room up in the staff cabin to make me a cup of coffee if I needed after the Box of Joe from DD ran out, but I was okay with what I had. I really appreciated how much he cared, and that he did everything he could to make sure I was able to prevent a migraine.
More stories about awesome friends who take care of me to come! :)