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August 20th, 2011 at 06:03 am

Not much to report, just chugging along.

Yesterday I cooked up and froze a bunch of tomatoes from the garden, the first such batch this season. Seems kind of behind schedule, but the big tomatoes are just now starting to ripen. It's very satisfying to put up food I've grown myself for winter use. It feeds a strong self-sufficient drive in me.

Today I feel like taking a mental health day and doing something, but what? Was thinking possible bike ride, although I'm having pain in my pelvis area, where my right leg attaches to my torso. I don't know if it's related to my possible Lyme. Doc said I tested negative (after finding a tick attached to me) but she said I could still have Lyme and they just took the blood sample before the virus had taken hold. So I don't know, cus I don't usually get pain in that area. Seems odd.

I finished up the 3 weeks on antibiotics this past Thursday and as she told me, I called her to discuss. Office informed me she was on vacation and would be back Monday. They didn't bother to say, oh, so and so is taking over her patients, or do you want to talk to someone else. I could see if it was a cold or sore throat or something. This is the kind of thing that has me feeling very dissatisfied with my primary care doctor's office. They've done other things like this that just leaves the impression that they treat the practice of medicine in a rather casual way, like 9 to 5, which are their hours. No weekends, no evenings.

There was a time once before when I had Lyme and the doctor called me on a Friday afternoon; I wasn't home and he left a message saying, call me Monday. Well, he already knew I had Lyme. You'd think he might say I'll call your prescription in to your pharmacy so you can get started right away. Nope. I later spoke to him about it and he actually apologized.

But they still practice medicine over there like they're on auto-pilot. And if you want to just talk or ask a question regarding your issue, they tell you to schedule an appointment to come in (and spend another $30).

I've GOT to find another PCP. Been saying that for a while. The reason I've stayed so long is because they're literally 1 mile from home and I feel very comfortable with the 3 different practitioners there and I've been going there a long time.

So, I don't know about that bike ride.

On two occasions in the last week, I took advantage of recent stock market lows to buy more large cap stock funds. I had about $23K sitting in an IRA money market and wanted to move it into something that might possibly earn a decent return by the year 2100. I've been too afraid of checking my balances, though, and actually, I don't usually except at the end of each month to do my monthly investment report to self. Let's hope the Dow is somewhat recovered by then.

2 Responses to “Chug-chug”

  1. littlegopher Says:

    I agree with you on doctors and their offices - same here. We rarely go in beyond checkups, but when we do need to, our office never has a timely appointment and tells us to go an urgent care, which with our insurance is charged as much as an emergency room fee. Our insurance "rewards" us with a lower fee when we go to a minute clinic, but they have their limits. Whatever happened to consistency in care! I feel the more we're paying for insurance, the less we get. (Though I do have to say I do appreciate the insurance for the big medical episodes - though I spend far too much time on the phone than I think I should have to getting things straightened out.) Sorry for the rant - doctors and their offices and insurance, grumble, grumble, grumble!

    Any way, I hope you get some answers soon on whether it's Lyme or not! It might be best to avoid the financial check - probably don't want to go there...

    Maybe recharge with a peaceful, lovely garden walk with your camera or a relaxing cuddle with your cats in your screened room with a good book and a cuke slushy on the side table Smile
    What ever you do, have a wonderful day!

  2. patientsaver Says:

    Well, I guess you've been reading my posts!

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