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.
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?