When you spend an inordinate amount of time in the hospital, the medical staff starts to refer to you as a “frequent flyer.” It’s a term of endearment for an unspeakable situation – kids spending more weeks within the confines of a hospital room instead of their own homes.
This type of frequent flyer doesn’t come with any of the perks. No special drink, no waived fees, no freedom to move about the country. Just a familiarity with a different type of normal, one that no one wanted or expected.
Caleb Catchings is a frequent flyer.