I Have To Go To Work

                                          Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I have to go to work!

If I had to choose one phrase of the year, that would be it. I have found myself repeating that same phrase every single time I had a doctor appointment. Doctors run on a different schedule than the rest of us. I hope my sister-in-law forgives me for saying that (she's a doctor), but the medical field does run on different time than ours. 

I can remember one instance where I complained to my oncologist about my leg pain. Now, why did I do such a thing, I have no idea. I should have known she would run all sorts of tests. She sends me down for a Doppler ultrasound. I, of course, protest that there is no time. I have to go to work!

Oh, Ms. Krol, there is no need to worry. You won't have to wait at all. It's all arranged, just go to Room blah blah, they're waiting for you. It won't take any time at all.

Of course, when I get there I end up waiting and waiting and waiting. In my mind, I'm screaming I have to go to work! What is wrong with these people? I fill out paperwork. I sit and wait. I undress and put on a gown. And all this time the clock is tick ticking away, eating up all the minutes. The test itself took a good 45 minutes in duration. 

Let me tell you, I was a hot mess before, during and after that ultrasound. I was so worried about being late for work. All I could think about is how much I miss working overnight. I never had to take a vacation day to see a doctor. I didn't worry about the length of every visit. I sat from one waiting room to the next, crocheting and smiling the entire time. I had time. 

Even now, during the Christmas Season, I picked my brain on how I can improve on the scheduling of appointments. Do I spend another year using up majority of my vacation days for doctors? The last thing I want to do is use up two of my vacation days right off in January, but I might not have any choice. Life is about choices, isn't it? Majority of these choices are not exactly favored by us, but they are necessary.

Have a blessed day everyone. 


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