November, I decided, will be No Doctor Appointments Month.
It seemed like such a simple goal.
At least it seemed simple until the past couple days when I saw my doctors. How does one convey the thought, “You’re a good doctor and a really nice person, but I don’t want to see you for a while. I’m not talking about a five-year absence or anything extensive. Let’s just skip November. One month doesn’t seem too much to ask.”
- I got my seasonal flu shot. My PCP is out of H1N1 vaccine and wants me to phone. Next week. He must’ve thought I was crazy when I said, “That’s November!“
- I saw the podiatrist again and was measured for custom orthotics. They should arrive in two weeks.
- In small-talk with my rheumy’s nurse, I joked about my having designated November No Doctor Appointments Month. The rheumy seemed to understand, but still wanted a one-month follow-up.
In the spirit of specificity:
- The H1N1 shot will be given by a nurse. I won’t see the doctor.
- The podiatrist’s nurse will see me when I have to go to that office. Again, I won’t see the doctor.
- The rheumy’s schedule was swamped so I was able to put that appointment off long enough to push it into December.
I saw no doctors during the month of April; a second month out of the entire year does not seem unreasonable. I designated November as No Doctor Appointments Month. I got what I asked for. Next time I will be specific: No Medical Appointments.