April 25, 2015 (By Angela)
Dang! I went to Nashville this week, healthy, to see doctors for the annual check-ups, and less than 48 hours after getting home again, I’m sick with a cold – the first I’ve had in over a year. I’m pretty sure I picked this little beauty up at my primary care doctor’s office, in which I hung out for about two hours before being seen. (Full disclosure, I was about 40 minutes early, so I was seen only about an hour and 20 minutes after my appointment time).
Okay, so living the nomadic lifestyle makes healthcare tricky. With all of the changes Jim and I have experienced in the last nine months (work changes, living location/lifestyle changes, and health insurance changes), I was a bit behind on getting all of my “annuals” in. Last month, I made appointments for everything but the dentist for this week. My brother was gracious enough to let me stay at his place since my appointments were spread out over a few days. In between appointments, I planned time to visit family, take my mother to town, visit with friends, and have my car serviced.
Last Tuesday, I left early for Nashville, leaving Jim and Chewie to fend for themselves for a few days. Luckily, it was a beautiful morning and travel was relatively easy. First stop was my “well-woman” visit at my gynecologist’s office; this is always my most dreaded annual appointment, but Tuesday’s visit was better (and faster) than usual. I was pretty “up” as it seemed like a good start to “Doctor” week. After leaving Dr. Dittus’ office, I grabbed a good lunch and dropped off a couple of scripts to be filled. The next stop was to have the car serviced at our much-trusted Ford Dealership, Two Rivers Ford in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. That done, the next planned stop was the friendly Goodyear dealership in Hermitage, Tennessee, where I got our free tire rotation and brake safety check.
With time remaining, I treated myself to a mani-pedi at the nail salon I frequented when we lived in Hermitage. The nail salon just happens to be near a Kroger store, so before going to my brother’s place and settling in, I popped in to get some food and other things to have there for the next few days. That night I enjoyed my first soak in a tub in months, and I had planned for this by picking up some scented Epsom salts while at Kroger. I was so relaxed. (I repeated this the next night, too.)
Wednesday, I drove to my mother’s house about 70 miles away. She and I then headed to Columbia, Tennessee, to get groceries for her, pick up something needed to do a simple repair in her bathroom, and to have lunch with my daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Jim and I had collected items from the Mardi Gras parades while in the Mobile, and we divided the spoils between our 7 grandchildren. I took the items for Presley and her brother Liam and delivered them at this meet.
After a couple of hours down time upon returning to my brother’s, I then drove to the west side of Nashville to meet some of my friends from Clarksville who were coming to Nashville to have dinner and visit. We had a blast at Coco’s Italian Market. After a little over two hours of talking, eating, and laughing, it was time for all of us to head out.
Thursday had me running all over the Nashville area. I went to the bank with a hard copy check to deposit, had to pick up filled prescriptions, had my annual with the plastic surgeon who did my reconstruction after the bi-lateral mastectomy I had after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2009, picked up mail from our mail forwarding service, and then finally made it to my primary care doctor’s office where I am 95% sure I picked up the cold I now have. I hung out with sick people too long while all I needed was my annual check-up and lab work, so I could get my prescriptions renewed. I’d skipped lunch so that I had not eaten in 8 hours so fasting labs could be done. As soon as I left the office, it was pretty much dinner (supper for us country folks) time, so I stopped to get something to eat before fighting the nasty rush-hour traffic through Nashville. I finally got home about 8:30 that night, and I was beat.
Friday, I had an early appointment at an optometrist here. Friday afternoon, Jim went with me do laundry, but I just felt exhausted all day. I blamed it on a busy week, but during the night last night, I felt myself getting sick. After getting up this morning, symptoms increased, and by lunch time I knew I had a full cold, not just an increase in spring allergy symptoms. My sweet hubby went to town to get meds, juice, chocolate (chocolate makes everything better), and he has done a good job of taking care of me today.
I find it so frustrating that I’ve not had a cold in so long (the last one Jim brought back to me from a client site in New York last spring – I’d not had one before then since I quit teaching full time back 2012, so this is only the second cold in three years), and I got sick because I had to go see doctors even though I was not “sick.”
Other than coming home with a cold, it was a pretty good week as I got a lot done; I had nice weather in which to do it, and I enjoyed seeing friends and family.