Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day #130

Had a doctor's appointment today. Just as the nurse is drawing my blood, he pops his head in the door and we have this dialogue:

ME: I wandered if I'd see you today. I have a strange growth on my shoulder.
HE: You mean your head?
ME: No, a bit to the left of that. No--the other left.
NURSE: I just started taking his blood so you have to wait a minute.
ME: Sorry?
NURSE: Him, not you.
ME: Oh, sorry. I didn't realize you could boss him around.
HE: I'm low man on the totem pole. I'm not even a supervisor any more.

I'm very lucky to have had the same GP since I was 14 years old when I got my first physical to run track in high school. I hear about people struggling to find a doctor, and having terrible experiences with doctors, and their doctor retired, and their doctor no longer accepts their insurance, and I feel very priviliged.

Even though his practice has just been absorbed by a larger conglomerate, I still have him, and I see him twice a year.

Surprising teacher fact: My blood pressure was 106 over 12 today. How is it that after nearly 4 years in the Baltimore City School System, my blood pressure is even lower than it was when I started?


earth dragon said...

106 over 12 ?!?!?!

Technically speaking, I think you must be part of the walking undead

Shelley said...

Re BP: You must be doing something right!

And it's kind of you, instead of just thinking of your own health care, as so many do who have it, to worry about others. Especially now when Medicare and Medicaid are being threatened.

Time for us all to speak up.

Nyarlathotep said...

Ha-That's a typo. It should say 106 over 72!