Yesterday morning I had my six month doctor visit.
She asked how I was, and I mentioned the tightness in the backs of my legs that I mentioned to her six months ago.
She asked me if we needed to do something about this, and I told her no. I’d deal with it. Not interested in taking more medications or having additional tests done right now. Don’t want the expense.
I’ve just changed up my stretching exercises after 20 years. I figure aging has become a factor in how much my body can take. And I’ve come to realize that I just can’t stretch as strenuously as I once did.
I think stretching too much is actually aggravating my sciatic nerve, which was the very purpose of doing them in the first place.
I really like this doctor. She is 47 and just got married for the first time last summer.
She told me that she never wanted to have children, so she went to medical school and got married later in life.
We discussed the current healthcare debate and problems with insurance.
She told me that not only are there far fewer individuals actually going to medical school in the US, but there aren’t enough medical schools to serve the ones that do want to become physicians.
Which is, she said, why it is so important that we bring in doctors from other countries. There simply aren’t enough physicians in the US to take care of our population.
We talked about how other large countries have a different approach to healthcare.
There are all kinds of suffering in this country. I can only see things through my own personal lens.
But I know other bloggers who are dealing with cancer and all kinds of disease. And you never know when it will come knocking at your own door.
“The U.S. is also one of the only wealthy, industrialized nations that does not have universal health care. American health care prices are at least two to three times what they are in other countries, and nearly two-thirds of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are due to illness and medical bills.” (Excerpt from “How To Protect Yourself Against A Broken Healthcare System”)
I don’t know what’s going on in your garden, but my poor cone flowers, that I thought were pretty hardy flowers, have all dried up.
Only the petunias, Black-Eyed Susans, and a few lantana are still blooming.
I don’t feed the birds. I only provide water because I don’t want to attract rats. If I walk in my kitchen during the day, I hear this loud cacophonous sound. And it’s the many birds out there!
They flock to my patio. When I open the patio door, they all fly up to the trees in this giant swoop, dozens and dozens of them. I’ve never seen so many birds!
Kind of reminds me of a swarm of locusts.