Dawn Wouldn’t Exist

As a lifelong night person, morning to me is a four letter word. I hate mornings & prefer to avoid anything before 10:00 a.m., which is plenty early enough for my comfort level.

Over the last several months, I've had to have tests, see doctors, see specialists, & have hip replacement.

Many of these appointments were also out of town, which naturally has transportation in the....you guessed it....mornings.

Now, what could possibly be the issue with some of these things happening in the afternoon?

Of course where doctors are concerned, I guess it would interfere with their golf game, but you'd think once in awhile, since we basically pay their wages, they could accommodate our personal hours. I can't explain the transportation people.

Sooooooo, if it wasn't for the medical people, & transportation staff, the dawn wouldn't be cracked, & therefore wouldn't exist!.

That's my story, & I'm sticking to it!

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Comment by Patricia on November 13, 2017 at 2:23pm

Thanks Daniel.

I hate having to see someone who doesn't know us, & we've had to do that a lot over the last 4 years. Our family dr retired & we had to go to a new one, who after 2 years decided he wanted to go into anaesthesiology.

We got another dr who doesn't like seniors & we didn't quite know what to do because we didn't like him. Then last spring the decision was taken out of our hands as he decided to move to another city.

We now have a young new graduate dr who was born & raised here in Williams Lake, has family here, & his father was our son's science teacher when he was in school. We like him very much, but again, he has to get to know us.

As for my hip replacement, I can walk unaided, & take nothing more than 1 acetaminophen 4 or 5 times a day. I have to force myself to do the physio, because the blood thinner I'm on for 35 days has awful side effects for me. 16 loooooong days left!

Comment by Daniel W on November 13, 2017 at 2:10pm

I understand.  I feel out of sorts with appointments too.  I have a scan coming up, then my health plan oncologist who is going on sabbatical and I will need to select a different one, then my private oncologist who actually knows what he is doing.  My biggest worry is that whoever I have to see when my regular is gone, will want to stop the medication that mt private one says is preventing recurrence.  We'll see what happens.

Hope you get some rest and the process is not too arduous.

Comment by Patricia on November 12, 2017 at 9:49pm

I don't think that many drs here are on the golf course either.

I was trying to be a smartass, because I hate getting up when I've just gotten to sleep.

When I have regular drs appointments I always ask for afternoons, but everything else seems to be the earlier the better.

The older I get, the worse off I am for not getting the sleep, & napping just does not happen.

Since I had cancer treatments, as well as fibromyalgia, I get at most 5 hours sleep, but most of the time less. Therefore I really hate getting up early for other people's schedules.

Comment by Daniel W on November 12, 2017 at 9:35pm

For what it's worth, with 20 years in medicine I never set foot on a golf course.  Most of my days were 10 to 12 hours long.  My official "day off" was spent doing catch up documentation, reviewing test results, responding to patient emails, and some studying.  I dont know how it is for Canadian doctors.  When I rounded at hospital, I had to see every patient in the morning, which meant most clinic patients were seen in afternoon on those days.  Maybe if I moved to Canada, I might have had some work - life balance and been happier :-)

I am a morning person but on cancer medication, more tired and often not up until 7 or 8.  Plus I get up several times at night to let my very geriatric dog outside, so I dont have to mop in am.  It takes a while to stand him up, due to his hip arthritis.  I hope when & if I reach that stage, someone is that patient with me.

Comment by Patricia on November 12, 2017 at 1:06pm

My best sleeping time is from about 4 a.m. until 10 or so, & always has been. Schooldays were torture.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 11:22am

I don't know why the doctors can't accomidate your schedule.

I'm a definite morning person, so I try to schedule all my apointments as soon as they open.  I'm usually successful, but with my dermatologist I sometimes get afternoon apointments.  I don't like it.  For one thing, it gives me more time to worry about it.  For another, my day is almost over, and I'm quite tired.

I looks like I'm in a tiny minority.  Seems most people are night-owls.  In the summer, I get up at 3 AM.  By 10 AM the day is already 7 hours old, and I'm starting to get tired.  In the winter, I get up at 5 AM.  That's earlier than most stores.  I'm glad my favorite store is open 24/7/364.


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