Thursday, September 16, 2021

100 km/62 miles

 That is how far it is to our doctor's office, one way.  The journey takes us around 80 + minutes one way.  We went to see our doctor in person on Tuesday; which was the first time in a year.  We normally have telephone appointments.  Our appointment was for 9:30 am.  We were shown into his office at 10 am, probably waited another 15 minutes for him to come and see us.  Meanwhile there was a child who we thought was being murdered with the amount of screaming he was doing in a room down the hallway.  Turned out it was an 8 year old getting stitches removed; and our doctor had to help out.  Goodness knows how they put the stitches in, in the first place?

We got out of the doctors office just after 10:30 am.  As it is a distance to his office, I try to complete a couple of jobs in the same day.  So we went to visit family while down there.  It was just after 3 pm before we got back home.  The journey back home was as hectic as on the way down.  All in all we did 220 km that day.  

Doctor's are in short supply where we live, so we are still continuing to travel, and as we have a couple of health issues, it would not be prudent to deregister from our present doctor, which is what we would have to do and then apply via the Government's website to try and find a doctor where we live. 

Our doctor did say something interesting though.  He said that this covid pandemic is just like when there was an influenza pandemic a 100 years ago.  It killed a lot of people to start with, then it level's out.  A vaccination is invented and you are given that on a yearly basis and it becomes a normal thing you live with.  This is what is happening with the covid pandemic.  Covid will become a "normal" everyday thing just like flu is.

Do you have to travel far to see your family doctor?

Monday was a busy day catching up with bits and bobs.  Tuesday we were out all day.  Wednesday we were out all day and didn't get back home until after 7pm.  So today (Thursday) I finally got some more painting done.  It's all go at the moment.


Caree Risover said...

Oh my goodness and there was me thinking 8 miles to our doctor was a long way! Any distance for a good doctor is always worthwhile though.

William Kendall said...

I actually don't have a family doctor. If I'm ill I just go to a walk in clinic.

Jackie said...

I only have to travel across town to see my doctor. However she is leaving and going back east as her husband has been unable to sell his business and move here. This now means I will need to see another doctor in the clinic and one that I really don't like very much. Hopefully another doctor will take her place very soon. I will miss her as she is a wonderful person and a great doctor.

God bless.

Margie from Toronto said...

I'm lucky in that my GP is part of the Women's College Hospital Family Practice - it's about a half hour on the subway - just next door by Toronto standards. It is great because I just go across the street to the hospital for any tests and my cardiologist and ophthalmologist are in the building on the corner - it's a team situation but my doctor likes to call it "One stop shopping"! I am very grateful.

sandi s said...

I drive about 15 minutes to see my primary care doctor. I’m so sorry you have to travel so far. Hugs,

Joy said...

That is a very long distance to drive just to see your GP.

Cathy said...

Things are different here - lots of (good) GPs in practice locally, some are single dr practices others ‘medical clinics’ mine’s a 5min drive away. Gosh Gill what would happen if you were really sick and there was only you who was driving.. Do your ambulances do a triage before they come out
Take care

Karen said...

I'm a senior with a rather complex medical condition. I haven't had a family doctor in almost four years. We have to go to the ER to get prescriptions renewed. All too often the doctors want to change something which results in a big fight as there is no followup. As a thyroid cancer survivor, I waited 8 years to get a follow up scan five months ago. Still haven't been able to talk to anyone about that. In Ontario!

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