Time for the annual doctor & dentist visits!
Obviously our tax return money has been received!
Some people buy appliances or go on vacation with their tax return.
We get our teeth cleaned.
The boys each get their annual exams & any vaxes we are still behind on. I’m not longer sure where we are with either of them on that count because we’ve hit booster shot ages and the original shots were so staggered that probably some of those boosters are unnecessary right now but will be needed in 3 more years.
The vax plan I was loosely following stopped before the school aged boosters & does not mention how to deal with that. But I’d think if they only had a shot 2 years ago that they were supposed to have had 4 years ago probably the booster isn’t needed just yet.
Or maybe not.
And the doc I set all this up with left the practice 2 years ago & we’ve been randomly visiting other docs so no one has the core plan knowledge anymore.
Plus there will be an updating of ‘family medical history’ given the heart problems that have recently come to our attention.
I personally had an appointment yesterday with my main doc and was given a referral to a sleep specialist at last! Our family practice is part of a wider group all tied to a hospital about 30 minutes away (from the docs’, it’s an hour for us) so they obviously recommend specialists in group & are not so good with out of group recommendations. The group recently added 3 sleep specialists so I finally get to go see one!
The goal is to find the underlying cause of the problem & treat it so I won’t need meds regularly. I get to fill out questionnaires & keep logs & diaries & possibly do a sleep study.
Just waiting to hear back on when the appointment will actually take place.
Thursday I go to the OB for the annual stuff I should have done in December, plus I get to schedule a bewb squishing.
The boys visit the dentist tomorrow morning for cleanings. I suspect we will hear the O word about Havoc – orthodontia.
That requires quite a bit more than tax return money so we are hoping he had a collision of the recessive ‘straight teeth’ genes that exist in both our families but neither of us was blessed with.
Visual evidence suggests we are back on that denial river & I should go make cookies.
I need a cleaning & a replacement filling for one that fell out recently.
The problem is I need to gather my courage to make that appointment & courage gathering requires time. I have to build up a wall against the knee jerk fear reaction that kicks in every time I see the word dentist.
It’s a really really big wall too.
It has 40 years of fear to contain.
And if they would just say “yep, come in in 45 minutes” I might be able to keep that courage long enough not to cry in the chair.
But they say things like “How is April 21?” on March 15th.
Courage does not stick around for 5 weeks. Getting it to last more than 5 minutes is a challenge. And it comes when it is ready, not when I want it. So I can’t sit around on April 20th hoping it will kick in.
And I am an adult. No one can make me go to the dentist. I have to make me go to the dentist.
And I don’t *want* to go to the dentist!
3 things I hate about adulthood are – paying bills, worrying about the future & making myself go do things I hate, for my own good.
What do you hate about adulthood?