I had a good day at the Tucson V.A. hospital yesterday. A very good day. I went in a bit apprehensive and came out feeling much better about things and with a clearer picture of what our winter schedule will be.
Originally I had an appointment at the eye clinic for a long and uncomfortable procedure to “map” my eyes, whatever that means. I have rather large and odd shaped eyes, which may explain my warped view of the world, and every time I have an eye exam and they blow that puff of air into my eyes to test for glaucoma they get a strange reading. And every time they say that I could be borderline for glaucoma but probably not because my eye shape is probably what’s causing it. And every time they do more tests and say there’s not a problem. But on my last visit, back in May, the doctor decided that I needed this mapping procedure just to be sure.
I also have some pre-cancerous places on my face and head that have been getting worse and I had hoped to get a referral from my Primary Care provider to the dermatology clinic to get them looked at. But when I called a few weeks ago, the clerk who schedules appointments with my Primary Care provider said she was booked up until March. So I figured that yesterday, after the eye thing, I’d go over to her clinic and see if there was any chance of squeezing in for just a moment while we’re in town.
But when I got to the eye clinic I found that my appointment had been cancelled and instead I had one for the same time at the dermatology clinic, which shares the same waiting room. Well, that’s strange, but I wasn’t going to complain. The physician’s assistant (PA) looked at my problem areas, decided one spot on my right ear needed immediate attention, and removed it and sent it for a biopsy to determine if it needs any further action. He also set me up with Fluorouracil cream, which I have to apply to my face and ears for three weeks to deal with the other suspect areas. This stuff is supposed to be pretty rough on the skin for a while, but is the first line treatment and hopefully will prevent things from getting worse. I have an appointment again in early March to see how things are going, but the PA seems to think it will be pretty much a formality.
Once I was done at dermatology I went back across to the eye clinic to see why that appointment had been cancelled, and learned that the doctor I had seen back in May who scheduled it had moved on and that her replacement, after reviewing my file, didn’t think it was necessary. So they scheduled me to come back for a routine exam in March, the same day as my dermatology follow up.
With that done I went to my Primary Care provider’s clinic, where I learned her clerk had spotted the eye clinic cancellation and arranged for the dermatology slot to replace it. He also has me scheduled for my annual exam with her in March. So say what you want about government run medicine, the V.A. takes very good care of me.
And here’s a tip for some of you who have told me how hard it is to get things done at the V.A. Be nice to those clerks out front who schedule things. All day long they deal with people, many of whom don’t feel good, have problems, and sometimes have an attitude. Smile, say hello and ask how their day is going. Ask if they can help you figure out your problem, don’t demand that they give you special treatment. You might be amazed at the results. What’s that Mama used to say? You’ll get more flies with honey than vinegar?
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Thought For The Day – Was learning cursive really necessary?