Not Going To Do It

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 282022

I had my RF nerve ablations done on June 13th and 20th. They were outpatient procedures, and a couple of weeks after the second one I had a follow-up appointment with the doctor’s office in Orlando. If traffic isn’t bad we can make the trip in about an hour and 15 minutes, but you never know when there is going to be a traffic jam or an accident, given how crazy traffic can be in the Orlando metro area, and the fact that there is always road construction going on.

When we arrived for that appointment, I had to wait about 45 minutes to get in to see the doctor, and he spent less than 10 minutes with me. Just asked how I was doing, I told him everything was good, and he said to make an appointment at the front desk to come back. That’s what yesterday was all about, the same thing. Drive through a lot of traffic to get there, wait 45 minutes, and this time I didn’t even see the doctor, I saw a nurse practitioner. Then they expected me to come back again in two more weeks, and then a month after that. I decided I’m not going to do that. It’s a lot of driving and a lot of time wasted to do something that could have been done on the telephone in a five-minute call.

After my first RF ablations, a couple of years ago, they wanted me to do the same thing and I said no, with COVID being as bad as it was, I wasn’t going to drive down there and sit in a crowded waiting room. The appointment scheduler and I argued about that for a few moments and she decided they could just call me and do the same thing, which they did. The doctor is very good and he does an excellent job, there’s no question about that, but sometimes I think some medical offices are just milking Medicare for all they can get, and I’m not going to play that game.

And guess what? Tomorrow it’s Terry’s turn to go to the doctor. But this time it’s only down in Titusville, about a half hour away, and well worth it because it’s at Kutryb Eye Institute to determine if it’s time to do cataract surgery on her. For the last couple of years and at her last appointment three months ago they have been telling her that she’s about to that point, and she would like to get it done and over with. I had it done many years ago, and after wearing Coke bottle thick glasses for much of my life, it was such a change not to have to use anything. Many of our friends and our daughter Tiffany have also had the same procedures done, and nobody regrets it. Terry is sure she won’t either.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Stillborn Armadillos, the first book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series about a small town deputy in a rural Florida county whose life is already complicated enough, what with his estranged wife dropping in for unannounced sleepovers, her oversexed sister tempting him, his pot smoking pony-tailed grandfather growing his own stash, his Elvis obsessed grandmother, and being caught smack dab in the middle of a power struggle between the Sheriff and Chief Deputy. But when a road construction crew unearths the skeletons of three murder victims, John Lee suddenly finds himself on the trail of a killer who may well have died long before the deputy was even born. And then a mysterious sniper begins shooting at deputies…

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Thought For The Day – Over prepare, then go with the flow.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  4 Responses to “Not Going To Do It”

  1. I worked at a big pain relief center in Pennsylvania before I went to nursing school. The rule was that we brought patients back for follow ups until their insurance ran out. Medicare is money in the bank to these places.

  2. Front desk at a medical practice for 12 years Nick. This is not uncommon. Five or six appointments following a 30 minute procedure when one was more than enough. It’s all about the $$$

  3. Bill Weekley

  4. Terry will love being able to get Sunglasses or Readers off the rack. Both Kathy and I did it in 2018 and wished we would have done it sooner.
    Too many Office Visits are not needed.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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