Hurry Up And Wait

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 082022

Terry had her second cataract surgery Tuesday afternoon, and then first thing yesterday morning, we had to be back in Titusville for the first post-op appointment. And just like with the previous eye, which was done two weeks ago, there was a lot of hurry up and wait.

She was told to be at the surgery center at 2:45, then they called early that morning to bump it back until 3:15 because they said the doctor was going to be running late. We arrived at 3 o’clock, and they took Terry right back, and then they said the doctor was running late and had two other procedures before hers. So it wasn’t until 4:45 that they actually took her into the surgery suite to prep her to do the procedure. It was about 5:30 when they told me to pull around to the patient pickup area to get her.

She said the procedure on this eye was a little more uncomfortable than the first one, but it was feeling better by yesterday morning when we were ready to go back for her appointment. Again, her appointment was at 9:15, we arrived a few minutes early, and it was about 10:30 before they called her back.

The good news is that both she and the doctor are very happy with the results on both eyes and her vision seems to be improving rapidly. She has another appointment next week, and though it is a large practice with the main ophthalmologist/surgeon and several younger associates, because Terry was one of the first patients to get the particular lens that they used, the principal doctor wants to keep her as his own patient for follow-ups and things like that.

When we got back to town yesterday, we stopped at the Bagel Barn, formerly known as the Blue Mule Deli, for an early lunch of Cuban sandwiches. We have been eating there for a long time, and I have to say that this is the first time I have been disappointed in my meal. They put so much mustard on the sandwich that it overpowered the taste of everything else and was literally dripping off the roll. Their lunch rush was starting, and I didn’t want to slow them down by asking them to remake it. Hopefully the next time we go, it will be better.

After that, we stopped at Publix to pick up some milk and juice and some other things, then crossed the street to Walgreens to pick up a prescription of drops for Terry’s eyes, and  came home. We were both tired from getting up so early, so we didn’t get a whole lot accomplished the rest of the day. But that’s okay. We are refreshed and I’m ready to hit it hard and crank out some more chapters today.

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 audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. I have 50 books out, and I have to say that Dog’s Run is my favorite. It’s a gritty tale that is loosely based upon an actual crime that took place in that part of the country when my father was a young police officer there, and I warn you in advance that there’s some rough language, but it’s appropriate to the time and place.

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Nick Russell

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  One Response to “Hurry Up And Wait”

  1. I’m sorry, but waiting in doctor’s offices drives me up a wall, especially when the appointment is very early in the day. I thought that was the idea of appointments. They must think only their time is valuable.

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