Monday, October 02, 2006

Back to Life, Back to Reality

My sister has returned home, and I am now trying to get back into normal routine. I am so glad she was here this past week, as she helped me tremendously with car shopping. The insurance company deemed my car to be totaled, therefore I got a check from them and 5 days to get a new car before I had to return my rental (provided by them).

I ended up with a Toyota Sienna minivan, pretty well loaded. It is a 2000 model, but seems to be well maintained and the history (carfax) we ran indicated no accidents or mechanical mishaps. I am very pleased with it - I have even noticed a couple extra features that I didnt' even realize were there when I first bought the car. Bonus!!!

Today was definitely Monday. It seemed like everybody was still stuck on the weekend, and most of the patients we saw today were crazy. For example, one patient had a copy of test that had been run on her in our office a couple months back. She brought it in today and pointed out to the doctor that it had her age listed as 85 years. She is 75. Someone had accidentally entered her year of birth as 1920 instead of 1930. She accused our office of doing it on purpose to embarrass her. At first I thought she was joking. She wasn't.

Another elderly patient is being treated for glaucoma. This requires medication, and checkups every 3 or 4 months. This is standard practice with glaucoma patients, as even with treatment the condition can worsen suddenly, even after being stable for a long time. This woman had not been seen in almost a year and wanted refills on her eye drops. She was told she had to come in for a checkup and visual field test before the doctor would refill her meds as she had missed 2 appointments. She showed up today bitching and moaning and saying how this whole thing was just a "battle of wills" and we had resorted to threatening to cut off her medication to "force" her to come in to the office. Believe me, my day would have been nicer if I didn't have to deal with her. There's no way I would intentionally "force" her to be anywhere near me.

These were the 2 most extreme examples, but they pretty much set the tone for the whole day.

Is there a full moon tonight, because they're coming out in droves!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like the start of a week you would rather miss altogether Christina.

Duke_of_Earle said...

...but hopefully that's the last Monday of this week, and all the rest of the days will be Fridays! (Always the optimist!)


Anonymous said...

The old folks are a pain in the ass until we are one of them. When I was 30, 40 was old. When I was 40 etc. Now I'm closing in on 57 and you know what. It isn't as old as I thought it was. (smile)

M.E Ellis said...

LOL - shouldn't laugh...

Days like those are just so shit. Bet you wished you could have walked out and gone home!


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