Waiting and waiting – For many, many years I had only one doctor appointment a year. I was healthy. Things have changed both with me and with the system. In addition to needing more “parts” checked, doctors have specialized so that each part has its own doc. That’s not necessarily good. I recently took my SIL to two different docs. One for her broken ribs and one for her broken pelvis. It’s all bones but the ribs were reviewed by a trauma doc and the pelvis by an ortho. *bangs head on table* This involved two different appointments at two different places both with suck-y parking (even using my brother’s handicapped parking card). Outrageous waits. Appointments times are suggestions pinpointing the day rather than the time. For me it was annoying but for my SIL it was an exhausting exercise that didn’t result in any remarkable information. There are a few more this week. This will require more mocha lattes. I just hope there is enough chocolate for all this.
Big business – Health is big business these days. Locally most are non-profits although based on costs, there must be profit there somewhere! Healthcare in various forms is the biggest employer locally.
Silver lining – Our local hospital has a Starbucks in the entrance area. That’s good news except it closes around 3 p.m. Considering a hospital is a 24 hour business, I wonder why. In the TV hospital shows, the staff drinks coffee all the time.
Pond – I have had a blue heron frequenting my pond this year. Although I never saw him eating my fish or saw any remnants (they often leave fish parts as calling cards) I started to worry. I put boards across so he couldn’t get in easily and I haven’t seen him since. Unfortunately I haven’t seen any fish either. I don’t know if he ate them all or they are so traumatized they are hunkered down in the hidey holes.
On a positive note – I have seen the frogs. They only come out on warmish days so I’m hoping to see more this week.