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At The Doctor

This morning I am sitting in my doctor's office waiting for my appointment. I am scheduled for 8:30am. Having an appointment this early meant having to leave the house before 7am as his office is 60+ miles from my house. Why I have a doctor so far from home is a long story best saved for another day.

K made out a card for me with a list of things she wanted to make sure I remember to ask my doctor about. I also brought a DMV form for requesting a handicapped placard as I cannot seem to get around without my cane more than a dozen steps before my hip and leg start to protest. Getting a handicapped placard is not an idea I am happy about but sometimes the reality of my condition intrudes itself upon the image I have of myself as a strong capable man. I am still strong, just not quite as capable as I once was.

The enjoyable part of this morning was driving my new Fusion. I set one of the two trip odometers to measure the distance, time, and average fuel mileage of the trip here and home. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my average gas mileage on the way here was just over 37 mpg.

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bestwriter wrote on August 10, 2015, 8:27 AM

You seem to have done a course in 'art of living' Not everyone would look forward to a doctor's appointment but your thoughts are on that drive in your new car. emoticon :cool:

VinceSummers wrote on August 10, 2015, 8:34 AM

Old age. I remember hearing a talk recently, in which we were told, "You're only old once. Enjoy your old age!"

lexiconlover wrote on August 10, 2015, 9:02 AM

Sounds like you're enjoying the new car. Good to hear.

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 10, 2015, 9:40 AM

Hope your check up goes great. That is wonderful gas mileage

MegL wrote on August 10, 2015, 10:15 AM

I hope that all went well with the doctor's visit. (It's actually YOUR visit but you know what I mean) and that you got your form signed and questions answered.

Feisty56 wrote on August 10, 2015, 2:04 PM

I hope the doctor's visit is as positive as the drive to your appointment.

Kasman wrote on August 10, 2015, 2:07 PM

Snap! I seem to be visiting my doctor more often these days. Fortunately, my GP is just a few minutes away.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 10, 2015, 2:24 PM

I did enjoy the drive, I will admit.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 10, 2015, 2:26 PM

The nurse quoted back to me something I'd told her my granddaddy used to say, "If you're looking at the blades instead of the roots come morning, you woke up on the right side of the grass." When the aches and creaks start getting to me, I remember that line of his.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 10, 2015, 2:27 PM

I don't think I've ever enjoyed the ride as much as I did today. It is a nice ride out through farm country for most of the trip.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 10, 2015, 2:28 PM

If only I could get the same kind of performance out of my old chassis that I'm getting out of my new car. emoticon :smile:

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 10, 2015, 2:29 PM

All went well. Doc laughed when I pulled out the index cards with the questions on it. He's very patient about making sure his patients understand what's going on with their health.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 10, 2015, 2:30 PM

Other than suggesting a visit to a dermatologist to check a couple spots on my arm and back, things went swimmingly.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 10, 2015, 2:31 PM

I see my Doc twice a year now as long as everything keeps working like it should. I did have to go see an orthopedist this year because of my creaky old bones but that's what the mileage does to you.

Feisty56 wrote on August 10, 2015, 4:49 PM

Snap?!? Since when did you begin saying, "snap?" I can tell you've been spending time with the grand kids. : )

Kasman wrote on August 10, 2015, 5:07 PM

And I know all the words to every Mickey Mouse song ever written! emoticon :smile:

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 10, 2015, 7:47 PM

In high school my friends and I came up with an alternative to Mickey Mouse called Mikey Moose. Sadly, it never took off.

Paulie wrote on August 11, 2015, 3:55 AM

May I ask what the problem is with your hip and leg. Is it something chronic and are you taking medication for it?

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 11, 2015, 9:02 AM

I have a degenerative arthritis and the cartridge in my joints is disappearing. There is almost none left in my right hip. My neck, shoulders, knees, and hands are afflicted, too, but not to the same extent. It is genetic so there is not much can be done but I do take medication to help alleviate the discomfort and exercise to strengthen the tendons and ligaments around the joints.

AliCanary wrote on August 12, 2015, 9:40 PM

Wow, 37 is very good for a gasoline-powered car that size. I generally do about 30 highway. I'm waiting for that post about why your doctor is so far away. VA doctor? They don't make things very convenient.

Paulie wrote on August 13, 2015, 3:41 AM

Have you considered hip replacement so that you can walk better?

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 13, 2015, 2:33 PM

Actually it is the doctors' office where my mother used to work in medical records. She retired form there. When I couldn't find a competent doctor here in my town, mom insisted I go to her GI. Lady Doc only took me on as a patient because of my mom. She is much in demand and wasn't taking on new patients at the time. 18 mos ago, Lady Doc referred me to Doc, her bro-in-law, as my insurance said I had to have a GP instead of a GI for my main doctor. It's cool, though, I've known Doc a long time and he takes care of my folks too.