Grateful for Medical Care AND Kindness!!
Saturday, November 16, 2019
As it happened, DH was meeting with his ophthalmologist yesterday at the hospital clinic for a glaucoma check up and treatment. And yes, he did ask about how we "see" and his doctor confirmed -- following up on my blog topic yesterday -- that it's reasonable to allocate 20% to retina and 80% to "brain" including memory.
Charge for the glaucoma appointment and treatment? That would be $0. Except for hospital parking (for which we could have got a free pass if that were a burden . . . but it's not. We were happy to pay.).
And, as it happened, I also was scheduled for a melanoma check up with my dermatologist yesterday. My mother died of melanoma 22 years ago -- the non-sun exposure, hereditary type -- and I've been getting annual checkups (or oftener, if something is worrisome) ever since. Yesterday it was one spot zapped with hydrogen, two scheduled for biopsy in March.
Charge for the melanoma appointment and treatment? That would be $0. Parking was also free at the dermatologist's office building.
About two weeks ago, I had my right knee x-rayed. It's painful. My family physician faxed in the requisition.
Charge for the x-ray? That would also be $0 with no charge for parking.
I'll meet with my doctor Monday afternoon for the report -- which I'm pretty sure will be that the osteoarthritis is deteriorating, compounded by the osteoporosis. But: I'm doing my part with ongoing gentle exercise including my morning routine (the squats in particular) plus lots of Henry walks and stretching too. And taking my Vitamin D and calcium supplements every day, with optimum nutrition using intuitive eating/intermittent fasting so my weight isn't increasing pressure on that knee.
When I meet with my lovely family doctor, there will be no charge for her services and no charge for parking.
Last weekend we both got flu shots. They're provided free at many different convenient locations -- we used the in-store pharmacy when we were picking up our groceries. No charge for parking, of course -- even a free "FLUELESS" band-aid afterwards!!
And what's most surprising to me is not so much the "free" medical care. Which we could afford either directly or through purchased private insurance if we lived elsewhere than Canada. But for which I'm grateful . . . While also recognizing that we pay hefty taxes which support that medical care for everyone including people who pay much less tax. Our taxes very probably exceed the costs of private medical insurance. And yes, I'm happy to know that our taxes help subsidize this medical care which is given freely to everyone who needs it . . .
But: beyond the medical care -- it's the kindness. The genuine concern and caring.
My dermatologist took time to explain the consent process for the future biopsies and clearly had refreshed her memory about my mother's medical history. DH's ophthalmologist took time to explain the glaucoma diagnosis and to confirm his family medical history of glaucoma and to warn about post-treatment headache and blurry vision and "not driving" -- why I was there, of course!! -- and to offer reassurance about new developments for future treatment. The flu shot pharmacist noted I've used their service for the past 3 years and had my form all printed off his computer in about 30 seconds and congratulated me for getting a flu shot which protects me and others . . . The x--ray technician took great care in taking pictures from all angles while entertaining me with a story about himself and his four year old wearing matching Power Ranger costumes for Hallowe'en.
The kindness. You can't require it of medical personnel, And you can't pay for it. I know that these jobs can be very very difficult and stressful, but the medical personnel I encounter are consistently kind and gracious and human. That's what may matter the very most.