Nothing like milking the american healthcare system for its dollars! And we wonder why a Q-tip costs $10. <sighs> What more could there be to know after blood tests, an EKG, a check up by my primary care physician and a pre-op with my surgeon? Kinda the same ol’ thing if you ask me.
I arrived at the clinic a tad early and the place was like a morgue. Hmm…perhaps that might be a bad choice of words for a healthcare facility. 🙂 I checked in, sat down, husband in tow, and we settled in with our smartphones. Thank god for smartphones, otherwise we would’ve been subjected to sailing or gossip magazines.
A man entered the room, went to the counter and immediately complained that he had so many pre-appointments for a 45 minute surgery. Not much else on my smartphone, so I struck up a conversation with him when he sat down. Shocker I know being that I am so shy. 😛 We then proceeded to discuss how the healthcare system has gotten out of control and that the appointments we both were waiting for were part of the problem. I won’t bore you with the details of that, but it was so dull in the waiting room, that I thought I should report it.
I was called into the back to meet with a Nurse Practitioner (yes, AGAIN) and she went over some of the same things they did at the pre-op with some new information. Like listening to my breathing through a stethoscope, checking my temperature and tapping my feet. Oh yes, let’s pay a nurse practitioner for that…I’m sure it took her years of schooling to master those techniques! She also rechecked the medication list, the exact same one as I gave my surgeon and asked me what supplements I was taking. And finally…..drum roll please…..she gave me a map to the administration office at the hospital so I won’t get lost on the day of my surgery. Whew! Glad I received that! So as you can see, it was a bit of an uneventful visit.
HOWEVER! Even though I felt The Interview wasn’t really necessary and could’ve been combined with other visits I’ve had in preparation for my surgery, I would rather have them be safe than sorry. Double- and triple-checking is not a bad thing. Especially since it will be ME under the knife!
It’s getting close now and I’m trying to squeeze into my days everything I can do in order to get ready for my new leg up on life! Stayed tuned for the scintillating details of my surgery preparation!