I was sitting on the DadLabs set waiting for the call from the PR person, who would then inevitably put me on hold forever. I had carved out a half hour of stand-by time because these “blog tour” interviews never run on time. The phone rang at the appointed hour, an encouraging sign. A voice on the other end said, “This is Grant Hill.” Which explains why I’m holding the phone for the whole interview. Flustered, I didn’t have the guts to risk hanging up on him to put him on speaker.
I enjoyed my brief interview with Grant Hill (an NBA star for the non-sports people), for a couple of reasons. Call me naive in this post-Tiger world of sports figure cynicism, but the man struck me as a genuinely good guy. I was impressed that he was working with Stop MRSA Now. And, despite the fact that many of my good friends were admitted there, I was impressed by his career at Duke. His demeanor on the phone was polished but genuine. He hit all his talking points and responded thoughtfully when I went a bit off topic. I have no reason to believe that Grant Hill is anything other than what he appears to be: a challenge to the current stereotype of pro athletes — a good dad.
I appreciated the work he is doing with Clorox and Stop MRSA Now (I have no idea if this is a paid endorsement or charity work, btw) because we had a MRSA scare in out family just recently. One of my kids had an outbreak of poison ivy on the face which then took a troubling turn. Tons of ugly swelling and discharge sent us scrambling to the pediatrician, who reassured us with an “oh, dear” and forwarded us, now in full panic, to the dermatologist.
I was as scared as I have been in recent memory. Horror stories of flesh eating bacteria, antibiotic resistant staph (that’s what MRSA is) flickered through my subconscious, when I wheeled into the skin doc’s parking lot. She reassured me with some of the same info that Hill lays out in our interview — MRSA has become very common and it is treatable with specialized antibiotics.
Which is why this campaign is important. Though it is treatable, MRSA is dangerous, potentially deadly, and preventable. But lots of misinformation is out there. Despite the skin culture coming back inconclusive, there was a minor panic at my kids school when the specter of MRSA was raised. So check out the website, and get informed.
And Go Suns!