New Gear

I don’t think I have a lot of gaps in my friend resource matrix, but I’m still happy to consider applications.


It’s been a while since my last post.  I’ve been busy with work, and the few bloggable thoughts that have occurred to me lately have not been that compelling.

Last week I went to the doctor for a checkup; it was the first time I’d been since leaving New York.  I have to say it was great to be back to Group Health, where the doctor, the lab, and the pharmacy are all under the same roof.  After I saw the doctor, I walked downstairs to the lab, where they took the tests that the doctor ordered, and then up to the pharmacy to pick up my meds.  I saw all my lab results online as soon as they were completed.  Instead of handing me referrals on a prescription slip, they make a note in the computer, and the specialists contact me!   I have an eye appointment next week, and a sleep study scheduled for mid November.

So I went to the pharmacy and picked up the refills for my blood pressure meds.  The pharmacist asked me if my glucometer that I had been issued three years earlier was still working, and was surprised when I said, yah, of course it’s still working.   No need to replace it now.  So I was just going to get some glucometer testing strips; unfortunately they were out of my budget, so I told the her that I’d come back after payday.  No big deal, I thought.  She bit her lip and looked at the computer screen nervously.

The strips, she explained, were $15 for a month’s supply.  But, she said, if I let her give me a new glucometer, there would be no cost to me, and the new equipment will come with a supply of strips and lancets.  Seems counterintuitive.

Fine, I said, give me the new gear.

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