When I was much younger, there was a phrase which stated, “Only two things are inevitable – death and taxes”. While I do know that there have been some people who have been able to cheat on paying their taxes, I know of no one who has ever been able to cheat Father Time. Yes, death is inevitable but I now believe that there is also one other thing that can be added to that short list of guarantees – PAIN. If one is fortunate enough to live to a ripe old age, then he or she will undoubtedly suffer pain, whether it be emotional or physical. Time may dilute emotional pains but the physical ones never seem to become extinct. Age seems to attract arthritis or neuropathy or sciatica or any number of other painful diseases. When I asked my doctor if there was any known cure for any of those sicknesses, his answer was plain and simple. He said, “As of today, there is no known cure – only treatment”. Maybe medical science might find a CURE one day in the future but right now, the pharmaceutical companies hold all the cards. How’s that for a kick in the head? Continue reading
When you become a senior citizen and decide to move to Florida (that’s the law) to spend your retirement years, one thing is inevitable and that is that your calendar will now have ‘doctors visits’ scheduled on it throughout. It may be for a medical reason, a physical reason, a regularly scheduled checkup or for something that has sprung up down here like a plague – the ‘Pain Management’ doctor. You wake up in the morning and try to think of pretty flowers, butterflies and sunshine but your first few steps toward the bathroom makes you realize your true age and why you are in Florida. After your bathroom visit, you rush (who are you kidding?) to the medicine cabinet to look for your pain medication. Panic sets in when you realize that you only have one or two pills left and you start to look for your calendar to pencil in a call to the doctor so that he can renew the prescription. One such visit to a doctor happened to me lately. Continue reading
When I was a teenager, my family had a doctor who was known to us as ‘The Family Doctor’. I guess that his medical title was a ‘G.P.’ He didn’t seem to have any particular specialty in medicine and he was the doctor that my mother called for every illness that the family had. The best part of it was that, when we needed him to, he came to the house. Anyone remember ‘House calls?’ My, how times have changed. If you were to call a doctor’s office today and ask the nurse “When can the doctor come over?” she will either tell you to call 911 or she will give you the number of the psychiatric division of the local hospital so that you can call them for treatment. Continue reading
When I get together with some of the other residents here at mealtimes, inevitably there are only three subjects that are discussed – politics, the weather or doctors. Since the weather is really unpredictable and politics seems to be unbelievable, I’ll talk about doctors.
I recently visited my primary care physician for my annual checkup. So that I wouldn’t waste my co-pay, I figured that I would find something to complain about. Continue reading
A short while ago, I was diagnosed as having a hernia. My Urologist recommended that I see a general surgeon, which I did. His diagnosis was that I should have it operated on in order to prevent complications in the future, which would cause a much more severe problem. Besides, he would make much more money performing an operation than he would from just a consultation with me. Makes sense to me! Continue reading
I received a phone call from my doctor’s office yesterday advising me that my appointment for tomorrow has been cancelled and will have to be rescheduled. The reason given was that the doctor was ‘under the weather’. It struck me funny because in all the years that I have had doctor’s appointments, I don’t remember ever hearing that reason for cancellation. Usually, when an appointment has had to be changed, I’ve been told that it was because the ‘doctor had been called to an emergency’. For the first time, I realized that doctors are human too and they also get sick occasionally. My mind wandered to other people I go to for service and I wondered who takes care of them when they are needy? Continue reading
Down here in Florida, commonly referred to as the Metamucil capital of the world, there is an abundance of new housing developments, shopping centers, senior citizens and, of course, doctors. There are so many doctors here that I sometimes feel that the previous generation planted ‘doctor seeds’ here and now they have borne fruit. There are cardiologists, gastroenterologists, urologists, pulmonologists, endocrinologists, and some doctors who even specialize in something called ‘pain management’. Continue reading