|Another Look at the Peach Tree|
Friday morning, I woke up as soon as the alarms went off and fed Dancer his salmon pate, much to his delight! Then, after having my cup of tea, I called the clinic to confirm today's appointment and to verify that they had received the dose to be injected (since not receiving it in time was the reason the visit was postponed from last week to today). The person I spoke with confirmed the appointment and tried to check their pharmacy to see if the medicine had been received but, he couldn't speak with anyone at the pharmacy and told me he will leave a message for them to call me back; of course, they never did! Oh, well. I still kept my appointment.
I left the house at 12:00 noon to be at the clinic (in downtown Los Angeles) by 1:00 p.m. for the 1:15 p.m. appointment. The freeway was congested, but, no more than usual. I was at the clinic at 1:00 p.m. The receptionist checking me in said my appointment was for 3:15 p.m. and I said, "3:15 p.m.! I called to confirm the time this morning and I was told it was at 1:15 p.m.!" Then, she looked on the appointment schedule and confirmed that it was at 1:15 p.m.! Whew!
I waited for a few minutes to be weighed, have my pressure checked, etc., (weight hasn't changed - but, then, I hadn't expected it to, after all the holiday treats and eating take-out food in January; the pressure was good). Then, I waited a bit longer to be seen by the nurse practitioner. She said that the lab results and mammogram, etc., were good, the bone density scan showed some bone loss (which is why I continue to receive the injections every six months), examined me and asked how I was feeling, etc., refilled my prescription and then I was given my injection, another appointment for a follow-up visit in three months' time, the lab work requisition, and, at my request, a copy of the lab report. It was nearly 2:30 p.m. when I left the clinic and today's parking charge was $12.00.
Then, I drove home, stopping to put gas to the car on the way back. I didn't put gas to the car in January and I had more than a quarter, but, less than half a tank of gas. I budget $50.00 a month for gas (I don't drive much, these days) and today's top up came to $44.55 with gas at $4.35/gal. at the cheaper station near my house. I did notice that gas was $4.25 at a different station closer to downtown; I probably should have gassed up at that station, but, I didn't want to be late for the doctor's appointment. I also didn't realize that gas was cheaper at that station - I'll keep that in mind the next time I go for my doctor's appointment.
It was 4:00 p.m. by the time I came home and I was getting hungry (I was still on that one cup of tea from morning; I had some crackers with me, but, I didn't eat any). I had considered picking up a hamburger or a pizza on the way home from the doctor's appointment, but, I decided not to! I also decided not to pick up anything from the convenience store at the gas station (they sell hot dogs, pizza, etc.) Instead, I came home and cooked myself a hamburger! A cheeseburger, in fact!
Just the way I like without onions or tomatoes. I didn't have any pickles, so I used up the last bit of sweet relish I had in a small jar (cleaned out one jar from the fridge door shelves), plus Miracle Whip, ketchup, and lettuce. Not the best picture, but, I was too hungry to try to take a better photo! Dinner was a bowl of soup because I was too full after the hamburger for anything else!
- Having access to medical care
- Medical insurance
- Good lab work results
- A safe drive to and from the clinic