Backwards or forwards – The medical practice I went to for breast cancer checkups was purchased by our big box local hospital group. The old practice was small but very tuned into patient care. When you went for a mammogram, it was read immediately and you met with your doctor all in one visit. If they needed another scan, they did it on the spot. There were no multiple trips all the while wondering if cancer has returned. I loved it. This week I got a call rescheduling the mammogram at a different location. I asked about the doctor visit and was told I’d have to contact him directly. I’m not even sure he’s at the same location. So…they took a great thing and turned it into what was done in the 1990s. That’s progress?
Just to nail the point home – I had breast cancer in 2003. Over the years after treatment, there were occasions when they needed a second set of images. Sometimes it involved an MRI, a CAT scan and on two occasions, a biopsy. All this is nerve wracking. My yearly checkup was in December, so all these visits were punctuated by holidays, vacationing staff and tight schedules. It could take a month until I got the “all clear” signal. I pushed the checkup out an extra month over a few years, so it was in the springtime. About five years ago, my doc joined the recently purchased group and the “all at one time” was standard practice. I loved it. Why anyone thinks that the old way was better is a mystery to me.
Well, this is weird – Spring always brings its surprises. We had (and maybe it will return with the warm weather that is currently on hiatus) a box elder invasion by our front door. You can’t go in or out without some of them coming inside. The cats are enjoying it especially Sasha who is always on the lookout for a tasty bug. I’m not a fan of chemicals and especially not at the front door so I turned to Mr. Google. Water with a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle kills them. It doesn’t stop another group from coming but after a few days or regular spraying, we are down to single digits. I don’t remember them from last year. We don’t have a box elder tree anywhere near us, so I don’t know where they come from.
What happened to the fabric stores – The new house needs window treatments. We’ve done a few blinds and solar shades but the eating area in the kitchen needs fabric to soften the room. I can easily make most styles. Fabric stores are dinosaurs. Even the two local stores that sell fabric have a very limited selection in home decorator fabrics. They don’t carry the books where you can order. I can’t buy fabric on-line. You don’t get a feel for the scale or true colors. I looked at a design place but was blown away by the price. Making them myself cuts the pricetag but the fabric for one window shouldn’t cost more than my first automobile. I can travel to the nearest big city but there are no guarantees I’ll find more or better selections. Maybe I’ll have to settle.
Goodbye March – I’m glad to see March leave. It’s been a very up and down month in many ways. April is peppier. Hopefully the weather will stabilize and moderate but there are no guarantees.
So how was your week?