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Monday, October 26, 2015

Doctor Visit

Here is how it went down:

sign in
supply id and insurance card
wait in waiting room
nurse stuff--my weight, blood pressure, temp, that kind of stuff
sat in exam room
talked to dr
nurse gave me a shot.

TIME: 32 minutes for all the above activity.

I went in because of severe vertigo, terrific pain in ears, tight throat and neck, swollen glands, temp. My October allergies finally caught up with me. I have been suffering all month long but none of the above symptoms.

The majority of the time spent inside the building, from car to car, was spent with the doctor! It is a walk-in place with this one fabulous doctor. (there are other doctors there) He talks to me! He explains things! I am never in the dark about what is happening in my body, why he gave one med over another. Of course, I mostly ask, but he does not hesitate to fully explain. Since he is usually at a walk-in place about 30 miles from here, I could still drive there if I were desperate to see him. Severe vertigo started last Thursday, but I managed to last until today when he was in town.

He is so unlike the other half dozen I have seen in this walk-in office. He is absolutely the best doctor I have ever seen other than specialists.

Your turn
Does your doctor see you quickly? Does he talk to you and explain things?


  1. Good for you for finding a terrific doctor especially at a walk-in!! My doctor is also terrific, she listens, explains, and asks me questions. I'm lucky that I only have to see her 2x a year. Keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be keeping to that schedule.

    Do hope you're feeling better. Vertigo is a real bad thing to have as it impacts everything you do.

  2. Bellen,
    It is a wonderful feeling to get answers at a walk-in instead of the 45 second conversations!

    I went to a luncheon today and was left with a 15-month-old at the table in a high chair so mother could get in line. When the person holding my place was about to get food, I still had the baby. The mother motioned for me to bring her the baby. I felt with the remnants of vertigo and my back and knee problems, that was dangerous. So, I shook my head no. The mother came and got the baby and told me I could have unbuckled her and she could have walked...duh. I never thought of that. Besides, the baby is fast and has her own mind.

  3. I just read that taking a benadryl helped some people with vertigo. It's a thought.
    I hope that you start feeling better soon.

    1. Sonya Ann,
      Benadryl makes me groggy, so groggy and vertigo would not be a good mix. Clearing up the ear infection is working. Thanks.

  4. That sounds like a perfect Dr.'s appointment! Good for you for finding him.

    1. tana50,
      It was perfection. Well, I "had to kiss lots of frogs first". aka have doctors disappear after being in the room 30 seconds. AND, I am not exaggerating. Thanks

  5. My Dr is great and is open to my simply calling the office and having small things like RX or referrals without first having an appointment.. My co pay is $40 and I try to avoid that if I can. In fact I go to John's appointments and often he will care for me too.

    1. Janet,
      You are very lucky to have good care. I like your going to John's appointments getting a twofer.

    2. That's lucky Janet! My insurance plan requires I pay 100% out-of-pocket up to my deductible (on top of monthly premiums).. so a basic visit runs $120+. And my Dad wonders why I don't go to the doctor every time I'm mildly under the weather.

  6. When I moved to this city 8 years ago, I started seeing my parents' doctor. She's fine I guess, but I do not entirely value or trust her opinion (long story). I found a great doctor that explained, but he left to start a private practice that does not accept insurance. I have an appointment in 2 weeks with someone whom I hope will be my new PCP. An older friend said she also listens & explains things well. I have no real reason to see the doctor, other than to establish myself as a new patient so she's met me/knows my history before I need to see her.

    1. TLC,
      Maybe since she knows your family history, she will be a good doctor for you.


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