Sunday, March 1, 2009


In the first two months of 2009, out of a total of 59 days, I had 16 medical appointments on 15 days. In other words, on 25.4% of the last 59 days, I had medical appointments. I did not count the 3+ days I was in the hospital for surgery.

Compare that to last year, when I had appointments on 125 out of 366 days (about 34.1%), and I'm doing much better! More of my time is spent in living my life and less to my health.

Now, I don't regret that time spent on my health. I think it was a good investment of my time as I seem to be doing really well. But it is nice to be thinking more about my son, my family, my work, and my friends than about my health. The change of pace is welcome!

It also doesn't mean that I'm ignoring my health. To the contrary, I will continue to practice qigong, see my acupuncturist, do my follow-up appointments, watch what I eat (could always do better), etc. But that becomes habit and doesn't take front stage anymore.

And, that's a good thing! Happy March 1st!


Carver said...

I understand some of what you feel. I remember when I started having a lot of issue after surgery, I had a time period where I went to physical therapy three times a week plus I was seeing a neurologist, rheumatologist, oncologist, dermatologist and pain specialist. I counted up the appointments at one point and it was similar to what you are talking about even though I didn't have active cancer after the lymph node dissection.

It felt great to start extending the time between some of the docs and also to be done with physical therapy although I may do some more of that at some point.

I am glad that you are able to spend less time each year with medical stuff. That does feel good.

Dee said...

Hi Carver,
I figured you'd understand. You have more docs than I do. Let's hope that both you and I spend less time at the doctor and more time doing what we love to do!