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Frustrated is spelled dooley!!!

Category: Choices | Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:30 pm

I'm going to quit going to doctors. All they want to do is send you to another doctor. Yuck!
Way back in February I had an appointment with the family doctor. His office called the week before and I had to come in right away on my day off because he had my lab tests back. It was an emergency. So, (on my day off) I went to the doctor. My thyroid levels were too high and I had no thyroid because I'd had it removed 27 years ago. So, I had to go to an endocrinologist. Time to get an appointment, (remember this was an emergency) two and a half months. She said my thyroid has grown back. Off to the hospital for a radio active (gamma rays) thyroid scan. Endocrinologist calls two weeks later. Scan not sufficient, back to hospital for ultrasound. Endocrinologist calls, must come in right away. Thyroid grown too large, must have either surgery or radio active thyroid treatment. First, must go to surgeon for biopsy. Time to get an appointment, (remember this was an emergency) two and a half months.
Another appointment with the family doctor to check my diabetes. Did he want to talk about diabetes? NO, he wanted to talk about a knee injury from back in March. I need to go to an orthopedic doctor right away. I told him that first, I needed to get through this thyroid thing. One thing at a time. He wasn't happy and when I went to pay, he had scheduled me for another appointment in September. So, I then went to the surgeon for the biopsy and lo and behold he did it the same day. The nurse called at the beginning of the next week and told me it was benign and I could call the endocrinologist and make an appointment for the radiation treatment. But, first I had to go back the next week to see the surgeon. Why? Because federal law says the results have to come from the doctor not the nurse. He tells me the very same thing she did.
I had to call the endocrinologist three weeks in a row before anyone returned my call and then it was to say I needed a lab test for thyroid levels. Meantime, back to the family doctor to have an x-ray of my knee which shows only slight degeneration due to arthritis. I knew that without an x-ray. Now, he says go to the orthopedic doctor. Endocrinologist office calls and says they sent paperwork to hospital and I will receive a call for an appointment. Lady from hospital calls (are you ready for this) two days later. Scheduled appointment for last Friday. Of course, the appointment for the orthopedic doctor was today. Only one month wait for it. Thursday, the endocrinologist office nurse calls and wants to know if I scheduled the appointment for the radiation treatment. I told it was on Friday. Well, I couldn't go for that without coming by the office for instructions. So, on the way to work we stop at office. Instructions are waiting. Preprinted pages stuffed into an enveloped which I had to sign for. Went to Flagstaff on Friday for radiation treatment. Had to see their doctor first which took all of 10 minutes. Swallowed one very large blue capsule (beta rays) and I'm shown the door. Long list of instructions to follow. No work on Saturday. So, today we got up and went to the orthopedic doctor. He wanted copy of x-ray from family doctor. Did anyone tell me? They did, when it was too late to do anything about it. It was on the voice mail when we got home on Friday. No time to stop to get it this morning. I would take at least three days notice. The orthopedic doctor seems a very nice man. He looks at knee, asks a few questions and says you need an MRI. Well, of course, I do. Receptionist calls the radiology clinic and sets it up for this coming Friday. It's an open MRI so it costs a bit more. Then, I'm to go back to the orthopedic doctor on November lst. He suspects a torn mensa(?) I suspect he'll want to repair it. Is there an alternative? Probably not one he will recommend. We shall see. Meanwhile I had to cancel my eye doctor appointment to fit in another (more important, of course) appointment. I have to call the endocrinologist to see about a schedule for lab tests to monitor said thyroid radiation. When do you think she will get to that? It only takes two to three months for it to work. Can you say frustrated? It's spelled, dooley.

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Category: Daily Happenings | Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:21 pm

I've been busy this morning trying to get some cleaning done. Those darn daddy longlegs seem to make webs faster than I can sweep them away. I even went out and did the ones they made under the porch roof. I dug out my fall decor and put some scrawcrows and gourds and pumpkins around. dr bought me a couple of large scarecrows that I'm going to put outside. I just need to figure out where. I have two already out there. I have two ghoulie things too. I hung up my harvest wreath's and some bears dress for Halloween and fall. I want to go to the Dollar Store and get some fall leaves. My sister has some fall wreaths that she made and they look really nice. I don't think I'm as talented but I'll give it a try. I've been working on that quilt but not as much as I should and it's only half done. I had thought to get some more done today, but dr wants to cut wood this afternoon. Our woodshed is not quite empty but near enough. We have a shed full of four foot logs and a pile of four foot logs. We need to move the pile of logs anyway so now is a good time to cut them. I made coffeecake for breakfast this morning because it wasn't very warm in the house when we got up. It was really windy Friday and Saturday so it dropped the temps some. It's supposed to be sunny and in the 80's this week so maybe it will feel warmer again for awhile. I still need to get out and finish cleaning up the yard.
We went to get the headlights on the truck changed on Friday. They were mismatched in the factory. But, the parts weren't there. They couldn't figure out what to order and needed to look at the truck. They said the parts should be in by Tuesday so it means another 45 minute trip to get them changed. dr has been polishing the truck with some wax that has uv protection in it. Sometime this week we are going to look into a sprayed in bed liner. So many things to do. For retired folks we sure keep busy. Of course, I work 20 hrs a week but that's in the evenings so don't you think we could get things done in the daytime. I have lots of books and magazines now to get through too. Dan was having a booksale at his library. One cent for paperbacks and magazines and hardback books 5/$1.00. How can you pass up that? You wouldn't know that I work in a library. I have to scan and print some recipes from some cookbooks that I have checked out so I can take them back this week. I checked out another one yesterday and haven't opened my library bag yet.
Oh, well! Chance is in the "doghouse". She dug under and inside fence to get at a cat. But, dr is afraid that she will now learn to dig under an outside fence. He isn't sure how to fix that problem. So, she's confined to the big yard that has double fences and the little yard that is armor plated. She isn't happy. She got stuck in some brush when she got into the lower yard and dr had to rescue her so when he carried her to the house he holler at her and she wouldn't look at him or speak to him all evening. Except of course when we were eating chicken for dinner and she came and sat by him to beg for a bite. After dinner she insisted on sitting on my lap while I was trying to look at some of the magazines that I had bought. Silly dog!
Guess I'd better go and look outside and see if I can figure out where to put the scarecrows. I'm thinking I may make a spinach/bacon pie for lunch. It has a fancy name but I can't spell it without looking it up. dooley

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