Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A Doctor Visit

Saying for the day- An apple a day doesn't work you have to see the Doctor anyway.

Yesterday I went to the Doctor.
It is something I have to do every three months.
For me it is a time of high stress.
I worry that he is going to find something I don’t want to be there.
Given the condition of my lungs , twice I have had pneumonia sneak up on me so that when I felt sick and went to the doctor I ended up in the hospital.
The three month check is to make sure that doesn’t happen but I am always afraid he is going to find that it came back.
In between visits I use an oximeter to check my oxygen level as a sudden drop would indicate a problem.
Well my new Doctor checked my lungs and they were fine.
I don’t think he checked them as carefully as Dr. Smith did but in any case they were fine.
Then he called the desk to have them make appointments with an eye doctor, a lung doctor, and a arthritis specialist.
Three doctors all on the same day .
Three times the stress.
Then he sent me to the resident blood sucker to take some of my blood.
She wasn’t the best and it took her two tries.
Well their vampire will feast tonight.
Tomorrow when Betty sees him for the first time I will find out when those appointments are.

The question is how much doctor caused stress can I handle?

@@@ News from Pigeon Falls– Yesterday there was another weird happening in Pigeon Falls. The big, old, Masonic building vanished. Well vanished might not be the right word because it didn’t stay gone. Eino was standing talking to Tommy, the undertaker’s kid, when it ceased to be there. They were looking across the street and suddenly there was a vacant lot where the building should have been. It sort of shimmered and then was gone. But a minute later it was back. Eino doesn’t drink being an old Finnish pietist and of course Tommy doesn’t drink or do drugs being a rather intelligent kid. But they both are sure they saw the building go and come. Tommy, the writer, who was going into Nancy’s says he didn’t see anything. The only other person out at the time was Blogs Turpin but he was drunk as usual so he isn’t sure what he saw. Where could a building that size go? How could a building that size go. Eino says it had to be some kind of optical illusion. Tommy, the undertaker’s kid, is not so sure. In fact he thinks it might help to explain what they saw at the end of the tracks and the “occupation”
Tommy, the writer, told Nancy she should keep an eye on her uncle because he was acting weird and seeing things. Nancy assured him that if Eino saw something it was really there or in this case really not there. At that point Tom, the writer, didn’t want to argue with her so he let it go.
Earl Schiavo heard about the vanishing building. He is sure it was a flying saucer. They tried to take the building but it was too heavy and so they had to let it go. Earl sees flying saucers all the time. He has read every book and watched every UFO program you can think of. He said if he had been there he would have taken a picture. How do you take a picture of something that isn’t there?
In any case the building didn’t go up and fall back down it just vanished.
Once Eino settled down he went through the building. He is a long standing Mason and has been in the building many times. Everything seems to be in place. There were no new cracks. Nothing had been taken. As far as he could tell nothing had been added. The only thing that seemed different was a big mirror and he couldn’t put his finger on the difference. It just felt different.

Link for Today-Still Alive and Swiping-Something a little different with oysters- Please leave the words Dr. John in the comment to prevent a rip in the universe.
Went with Betty to the Doctor's today. I brought a book to read in the lobby. They took some of her blood as well. Then we went to Walgreens and Wal Marts. Later Betty thought she left her purse because she couldn't find it. That would mean calling every credit card company as well as notifying the bank. But she found it under the front seat of the van. That was a relief. I finished the book when we got back and then did some blogging.
Now I need a breathing treatment.


Anonymous janvangogh said...

Blogs Turpin. LOL. Good ol' Finnish name

5:48 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Hey, I like the new picture at the head of your blog. Haven't been around in a few days so today was the first time I'd seen it.
I know what you mean about Dr. visits. Our company Dr. gave up on getting a decent bp reading from me- she decided she gave me white coat hypertension and said she'll take my regular Dr.'s word for it. I've tried to tell her that it's the crazy drive in rush hour traffic up there in Rochester that does it...

5:57 AM  
Anonymous quilldancer said...

In the story, The Never Ending Tale, part 1 a great beast called the Nothing was devouring the land of make-believe. I am thinking it is now attacking Pidgeon Falls.

I am off to the doc today to talk to him about curing my sinus infection and curing my vertigo.

6:04 AM  
Blogger bazza27 said...

I keep coming back to the big mirror, I'm sure it's significant. Isn't there a saying about light and mirrors and illusions?

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

I understand about the stress of seeing all those doctors and getting all that poking and prodding done, but just think, you'll only have to deal with it for one day and then it will be all over.

Mirrors and disappearing buildings? Is Tom, the writer, perhaps a magician? If David Copperfield can make the Statue of Liberty disappear, why couldn't Tom do the same with the Masonic hall?

7:56 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

Dr. John,

I picked up my lovely snow globes and buns from the post office day before yesturday. I am not sure when they arrived, as we hadn't been home and able to check mail for a week and a half, but I have them now.

I am slowly, and by that I mean almost at a snail's pace slow, getting caught up here at the house, online, etc etc etc. with everything that had to be put on hold while we were away and all. Details are slowly appearing on my blog.

Love and hugs to you and Betty.


When I opened your loverly box, it was tangeable hugs and sunshine after a week of ice and chaos and.....thanks a ton and a bunch!

9:18 AM  
Blogger Kelley Bell said...

When I went for my last physical, I wrote down each and every person connected to the deal.
Secretary, Nurse, Doc, Woman who drew my blood, Insurance form filler outer, lab tech, doc who read the ekg results, techs and docs who read the x-ray results, lady who did the maomgram, doc who did the pap smear...etc. etc. etc.

TOTAL: 32 people for a routine physical where the doc sent me for 3 tests.

32 PEOPLE!!!!!

And we wonder why healthcare costs so much.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I hate going to the Doctors too Dr. John. I have an appointment tomorrow that I need to cancel. There has been no time in the past two weeks for me to get over to the "blood sucker" for lab work. I have to do it after a 12 hour fast also. Ugh, if only they were open at 7am in the morning.

1:51 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

lol! An Apple a Day
is supposed to keep
the dentist at bay

but Alas Dr John.
Doctor or Dentist
they'll sure want and take our money every day till the last day

Mind you, so will
the butcher (or Fruit & Veg man)
the baker & canlestick maker or electric company too

3:57 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I always feel the same way about seeing the doctor, no matter how great I feel.

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

I'm not too big on doctors either, though so far with the exception of the tonsils out at 11, I've been really lucky. Hope your visits go ok, I'll say a wee prayer for you.

This coming Monday I give my bit of blood and other sample my doctor has requested. This is the complete bit of work, so I can only imagine what they will find. Maybe I should take in some Haimish or Alexander pee. :)

4:49 PM  
Blogger Sunflower Optimism said...

Well, Dr. John, last week was the rheumatologist, this week was the internist and Friday is a 2 hour glucose test for the inner ear specialist I see next Thursday.

I know exactly what you mean. But the way I see it, if they do find something they can get right to work on fixing it. If I don't go to the doctor and there is something wrong - well then no one works on it and it just gets worse. Don't stress, just bring a good book.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dr. John,

I see you commenting over there on Josie's blog and so I thought I would come have a look see tonight on your blog.

I laughed when I read your description of the blood sucker. Too funny!

Dr. appointments aren't my favorite things either.


9:01 PM  

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