A Wasted Trip

 Posted by at 2:57 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 052014
 

We were out of bed a little after 7 a.m. yesterday morning and on the road by 9, headed back down to Tucson in the Explorer for a 1 p.m. appointment with a rheumatologist at the V.A. hospital. As it turns out, it was a wasted trip.

We made excellent time, getting to Tucson about 11 a.m., so with time to kill I gave Miss Terry a tour of some of the historic old neighborhoods, including the El Presidio Historic District just north of the downtown area, where the first Anglo merchants and community leaders built beautiful old adobe homes that are much prized in today’s real estate market. Then I showed her Barrio Histórico, south of downtown, which is the old Mexican barrio that once lay outside the original presidio walls. Just to the east, in the Armory Park neighborhood, railroad executives built handsome red-brick houses with pitched roofs and porches similar to what they knew back East. Terry has been to Tucson many times, but never got to see any of these historic neighborhoods, and she was really impressed.

After our tour, we headed over to the V.A. hospital, arriving a couple of minutes after noon and signing in. Since we were early, I expected to have to wait and was just reaching for my Kindle when they called me in. Wow, it looked like it was my lucky day! Well, not exactly. The doctor was rather brusque, gave my hands a fast examination, poking and prodding and asking if this knuckle or this finger hurt, and then said the X-rays taken a couple, of weeks ago did not show any bone or joint damage, but that it would take a CAT scan or MRI to be sure, and that there was no time for that since we are leaving that area soon, and suggested I take ibuprophen as needed and make an appointment to see her when we get back to Arizona next year. I was in and out in minutes. What a waste of time! Most of the doctors and other medical professionals I have dealt with at the VA have been excellent, but every so often you get one that leaves a lot to be desired.

We left the hospital and stopped at my cousin Beverly’s for a visit, our last for this year. It’s always hard to say goodbye to the people we love, but we know the road goes both ways and we’ll be back again.

After a couple of quick stops on the way out of town, we were headed back toward Apache Junction. Terry had ordered something online that was delivered to her parents house, so we stopped to pick it up and to visit with them for a while before coming home, tired from our long, fruitless day on the road.

Today we’ll drive about 180 miles to my daughter’s home just outside of Show Low in the White Mountains. We’re looking forward to spending some time with Tiffany, Scott, and our granddaughters. The weather report is calling for a chance of freezing rain in the afternoon, so we hope to get there and get settled in early enough to beat it.

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Thought For The Day – I’m always disappointed when a liar’s pants don’t actually catch on fire.

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  4 Responses to “A Wasted Trip”

  1. Nick and Terry,
    Are you sure you don’t want to wait a day? You know how fast the weather can change in that area. Not like you to take an unnecessary chance.

  2. Sorry to hear about the poor treatment at the VA. I too am a fellow veteran and use the VA for medical care. I’ve only been with them for a couple of years. So far so good, but sometimes I get concerned when I hear stories about how some vets are treated. I only have Medicare part A and have depended on my wife’s insurance. She retired as of March 1, 2014 and now I’m on VA only. I’ve been wondering how good the care would be with VA only. I have had prostate cancer and also a quintuple bypass due to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. All of my treatment for these has been outside of the VA hospitals. Hopefully if anything else happens their care will be good as well. Presently I get all of my medications through the VA and I do get disability benefits. I enjoy reading your blogs and am considering getting the Gypsy Journal. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into.

  3. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your journal and blog. We were at the VA and I was about to introduce ourselves when you were talking to someone in the office. Then when I looked up again you were gone. Bill has been going to the VA, since we have been in Benson at Butterfield’s, and is impressed with his care so far. Sorry we missed you. Perhaps our paths will cross again. Safe travels.

  4. Sorry we missed you Loretta. We were in and out pretty fast.

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