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.