In addition, I have a phone book-size list of orthopedic doctors that are “in-network,” yet I get referred to one doctor. Maybe I never go to the doctor because it’s such a hassle – not because I’m stubborn – and I don’t understand this whole process. I called my doctor’s office and they said it all depends on my plan. Some plans require a referral, others don’t. If I need to get in earlier than the 7th I can call my doctor back and talk to him.
Hell, if I don’t run until the 7th, I’ll probably feel fine when my appointment rolls around. Then the visit will go something like this;
Dr.: What’s up?
Me: My leg hurts, er, I mean used to hurt.
Dr.: When did it start?
Me: 7 weeks ago.
Dr.: What were you doing?
Me: Running – lots; including lots of downhills.
Dr.: What are you doing now?
Me: Nothing, really. Well, a little gardening and some wood work. I’m still trying to blog too, but it’s hard. I’m running out of material – fast!
Dr.: Okay, let’s examine you. Does this hurt (as he bends my knee)?
Dr.: Does this hurt (as he flexes my ankle)?
Dr.: Does this hurt (as he applies pressure to my shin)?
Dr.: Well your time off must be helping. Keep it up.
Me: Hmm, okay. Is that it?
Dr.: Almost. That’ll be $500.
Dr.: (on my way out the door) Good luck!
No, I’m not bitter – really. I am trying to figure out the over-under on me actually making it to that June 7th appointment.
Last Friday’s quote of the day was also a link to this Pfitz article. I had not read the entire article until yesterday. I think it’s an interesting article that corresponds with what this blog is about. I didn’t want the link to get lost within the quote, so I’m re-posting the link.
Quote of the day:
“There’s no such thing as a bad carbohydrate.” – Don Kardong