Thursday, April 23, 2009

Medical Appointment Tally

From Jan 1 to March 31, a total of 90 days, I had 24 medical or acupuncture or counseling appointments on 22 days. About 24% of my days had at least one appointment.

From April 1 to April 26 (counting ahead to the week-end), I have had 6 appointments on 4 days, or about 15% of my days.

The percentage is improving.

If you recall, when I calculated my appointments for 2008, I only noted the total number of days for which I had appointments (125 days) and some days had multiple appointments, so I guess I didn't count the total number of appointments. But of the 366 (it was a leap year) days in the year, I had appointments on 125 of the days, for 34%.

My guess is that most people do not have medically-related appointments on 24% or 15% of their days. But it's a damn sight better than 34%!!

Here's to seeing that percentage decrease in the coming months! (And, I wonder why I can't work as fast as I want on my writing!)


Carver said...

Hi Dee,

Here, here, to the decreasing appointments. I can relate so much to this post. Although my appointments have dropped radically, I well remember when I had physical therapy 3 days a week on top of seeing 5 specialists every 3 months. It really can become a full time job just keeping up with these appointments. I hope yours will become less and less and you will get healthier and healthier! Cheers, Carver

Daria said...

Yes let's hope that percentage drops ...

Dee said...

Hi Carver and Daria,
You both understand, more than a lot of people, the impact of all these medical appointments on your life. It's too bad that instead of working around a doctor's schedule, that doctors start working around a patient's schedule. In other words, for patients with chronic conditions, we could set a day and the doctors can jockey for the time to see us so that we can do one-stop medical care. Hmm ... too much power is in the hands of the docs to decide when to see patients and when to call, etc. But we pay for their services, so why shouldn't they be the ones trying to fit their services into our schedule? Hmm .. .