“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”

Today is cool at 63˚ though it is supposed to get a bit warmer. The forecast is partly cloudy, but the sky is covered in clouds. The breeze is slight. I think it is a sweatshirt day.

I made a list of stuff I want to get done, and I’ve already crossed off one of the biggest tasks: bringing the bags of litter to the car. Gwen, being diabetic, uses the cat box to the extreme. I clean it every day and empty it far sooner than I used to. The used litter bags are heavy. I almost fell down the stairs the last time I carried some to the car. This time I used my cart. It was filled and so very heavy I could only take it one step at a time down the stairs. I pushed it near the car where it sits until I can load the car later.

Today is shot day. I’m getting flu, pneumonia and shingles. They are my first pneumonia and shingles shots. The flu I skipped last year. I was in the house all flu season.

When I was a kid, we only went to the doctor if something was wrong or when we needed shots. The doctor’s office was right beside the driveway to the school parking lot and was in a big old house. His office was on the first floor. I remember sitting and waiting on a bench and looking around the hall outside the doctor’s office. There was a tall stairway with wooden stairs and a carved newel post. I remember how shiny the wood looked. The doctor’s office was at the front of the house. I remember he had a complete skeleton hanging off a hook. His desk was huge as was the doctor. He had one of those giant bellies men sometimes get. I remember he wore a vest and a doctor’s white coat, a coat so small I figured he could never button it across his belly. When I was around 10, I went to see him after I had fallen down the stairs. It was the morning after the fall. He wasn’t gentle. He cleaned the cut by scrubbing it with a gauze pad. It hurt. It hurt a lot. I was thrilled when I didn’t get stitches as the cut was already infected so the doctor slathered something on the cut, covered it with gauze and sent me on my way.

In Ghana, I had scratched an itchy mosquito bite on the top of my foot until it bled. It got infected. I went to the Peace Corps doctor in Accra. He was a good guy. He gave me two options: he could cut it and drain it or he could put antiseptic on it under a gauze pad. He told me the gauze pad would take 5 or 6 days until the cut was healed. Draining it would only mean a few days until it healed. I had him drain the infection. It hurt. Afterwards, he told me it would take 5 or 6 days until it was healed enough. I was a bit surprised as he had told me a few days. He admitted he lied figuring that was the only way I’d have it cut and drained. He was right.

P.S. I went to the deck a bit ago, and there was my stolen African statue just lying there. It didn’t even have bite marks. I hope Nala brings back the tagine next.

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12 Comments on ““Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Sunny here with a chilly wind and I don’t think we reached 50F but that’s still better than the snow they got up north.

    We got our shots in school and we only went to the doctor if something was really wrong, like broken arms or fast moving hockey pucks in the forhead (my brother stopped a few with his head 🙂 🙂 🙂 ). I can’t remember any other time we went to the doctor.

    Great that You at least found the statue! So far Alma hasn’t taken anything, today that is 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      It was an okay day today. I even wore short sleeves when I went out, easier to get my shots. Now that it is getting dark, it is chilly.

      I remember going to the doctor’s office for my school shots and, like you, when something happened or I was really sick. We never went just for a check-up. It was the same with the dentist.

      Nala does take her toys outside and usually brings them back. I guess she thought the statue is also a toy. She is the consummate thief.

      Enjoy your Saturday!

      • Christer. Says:

        We had and still have dentists at school in many places and it’s free until one is 25 years old and they make appointments at least once a year. They really aren’t free after that age though 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Wow!! The schools do have nurses but no doctors. There is a designated doctor who comes to give physical to the athletes, but that is the only time he was at the school.

        Dentists are quite expensive. There are some which only take care of kids. I had the same dentist since 1971, but he has just retired. The new one seems okay.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The cold front came through earlier today and the sky is clear with a strong northwest wind. Today should only get to 72°.

    I got my flu shot a couple of weeks ago at work. I’m anxiously awaiting approval of the Moderna booster shot approval from the FDA. I will be among the first in line. I’m still amazed by the propaganda coming from the right wing nuts concerning the Covid vaccine mandate and Southwest Airlines cancelled flights last weekend. The Texas legislature, in special session, are going to codify governor dumb ass, Greg Abott’s, order prohibiting any private business from requiring a vaccine for employees or customers. Obviously, he forgot about the Civil War and the result of the Union winning that federal law supersedes state laws.

    Whenever I went to the doctor when I was a kid, my mother was convinced that she didn’t get her money’s worth if we didn’t get a shot of some kind. 🙂 My father told me that our pediatrician would have the young mothers hold the babies while he examined them so he could, “Cop a feel” of their breasts. As an adult I hate going to the doctor because of what he might tell me. I guess I still think ignorance is bliss. Men, as a group are notorious for not getting medical treatment. The only reason I get anannual physical is to get the doctor to renew my prescription.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We got to the high 60’s today, a warm fall day. The colors are changing in the western part of the state but not here yet as it has been too warm. Tonight they’ll be a storm.

      I got flu and pneumonia shots, but the shingles shot had to be separate so it is booked for two weeks from today. I got the J&J which was approved for a booster today. It will bring up immunity to 94%. Because it is rarer than the other shots, I’ll have to look around. CVS said they would not be getting it. Like you, I will be first in line and, like you, I can’t believe the idiots who refuse to get vaccinated. They need their own island like where Typhoid Mary was kept. I resent the costs of hospitalization for the unvaccinated.

      Because I am in constant a-fib, I see my cardiologist every 6 months, and I always get my general physical. What I figure is if I go, maybe they’ll find something early and cure it.

      • Bob Says:

        Here the colors don’t change in the leaves until close to Thanksgiving. I like that idea, send them to their own island. The only problem is there are about 65 million of them and where would we send them. The only way to end this will be approval of the pill that will keep those idiots who won’t get vaccinated out of the hospitals. Mandatory vaccinations by businesses will help but there are those who will leave their jobs rather than getting vaccinated. In the future, we will probably have to get an annual booster shot to cover the mutations of the virus caused by those idiots who refuse to be vaccinated.

      • katry Says:

        Well, we won’t have to worry about the 65 millions after a while. I just don’t get it their risking their own lives and the lives of all they come in contact with. The pill is getting closer to being viable. They complain the vaccine was developed too quickly. They might have the same argument with the pill.

        I don’t mind getting boosters. I’ll take whatever keeps me safe.

  3. Birgit Says:

    My friend got a flu and a shingles shot last week. Appearently it wasn’t a good idea to do both together. At least that’s what the doctor told him later after he was sick for some days. Good luck!
    I think I should go for a flu shot this year too. I don’t mind the shot but I hate to go to the doctor so I usually just do it when I can’t avoid it.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Birgit,
      My pharmacy knew that about the shots together. They gave me two shots but not shingles which needs to be separate from the pneumonia and flu shots. I made an appointment for the shingles shot two weeks from now.

      Last year none of us needed a flu shot. We were in lockdown. I figured I might as well protect myself from everything. They just okayed a booster for my covid shot.

      I went to a pharmacy for my shots. It was easy.

      Take care!

  4. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I never get the flu shots, and I’ve never hat the flu. My arm still hurts where I got the 2 P-shots, so I’m waiting to see about the booster shot. It’s getting darker and colder here, and I don’t like that at all.
    Good luck with Gwen. My upstairs neighbor who lives in Boston now has a diabetic cat who is doing very well.
    I’m beginning to despise most doctors. I wish I could go to my vet from years ago; I am sure she would be more helpful.
    Take Care,
    Lori and Ms. Cookie

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I haven’t ever had the flu either. You stay inside a bit which keeps you safe from germs. It was the same for me during the lock-in, but I am out more now. I want to be safe. I haven’t ever had pneumonia either, but I got the shot anyway.

      Gwen is out in the evening, but in the morning she sleeps under one bed while Jack sleeps under the other. I have to move the bed to get her. She doesn’t mind the shots. We go next week to see how she is doing.

      I like the vet Gwen got. The two dogs had the same one. She is new to me. I haven’t any complaints about any of the vets from that office.

      You also take care!

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