Vince and I had switched to a new doctor last week. What we did last week was have an in person visit with him just to talk about some of the questions we had about how he handles things – basically his style of treatment; what we expect, etc.
When we were in Texas, we would drive two hours to Abilene . . even for Rita’s vet visits, so we were hopeful that when we got here, medical care would be more what we liked but we’ve been disappointed. Most doctors are affiliated with the hospitals. We felt rushed in and rushed out. I think I’ve already mentioned the colonoscopy that the hospital has called me FOUR times to schedule and each time, I’ve told them I can’t do it til 2023. Every time I go to the doctor, even when I went for my covid test, the first thing they say is “You’re past due for a colonoscopy. Can we schedule that?” NO!!!
I think I mentioned last week that we found a doctor who thinks more like we think. We were happy with our visit with him last week so we switched to him and today was our “initial visit”. We both went. We both went in together. He talked to me first because he said I was the “easy one”. Vince has heart issues, digestive issues,
attitude issues and I really don’t have any issues . . unless you ask Vince! 🙂
I was apprehensive about Vince and I being in there together but it ended up being great because what one of us didn’t remember, the other one did.
We talked to the doctor for 2-1/2 hours. We did our bloodwork last week so he had all that to review with us. We left feeling really good about the doctor, the way he treats and interacts with patients. We love his assistant! She’s so friendly. We have the doctor and the assistant’s cell phone numbers, can text them any time and get almost instant responses (not that we do but we could).
He talked to us about our diet, about trying to do better than the “Standard American Diet”. It was funny because when we were first just chit chatting, we were talking about eating out and how we don’t do it very often. I asked him where his favorite place to eat in Joplin is and his answer was “At our home!” That makes me so happy to hear other people say they’d rather eat at home than anywhere else.
The worst news he had for me is that he thinks everyone should have regular (normal) bed times – go to bed at 10 or 11 and get 8 or 9 hours sleep. Hmmm . . that may be impossible but I’ll try. My parents said even when I was a baby I didn’t sleep. I don’t ever remember a time when I’ve gone to bed at a decent hour.
Vince didn’t help by telling him I drink 6 Dr. Peppers per day . . which I don’t. I mostly drink two cans and every now and then I’ll have a third one but I think it’s been months since I had three in one day.
I do have to start taking an Rx Vitamin D, which has happened before. For three weeks I have to check my blood sugar two hours after lunch, at 3 a.m. (so much for getting a good night’s sleep) and before eating anything in the morning. Honestly, if I’m in bed by 10 p.m., I’ll probably be up for good at 3 a.m. The minute cross stitching thoughts enter my head . . sleeping is done for the night.
Anyway, we’re very pleased with the new doctor.