(I’ve been thinking about doing this. I should get around doing it.)
Attended. like attendance. Like going to a place you have to be by a certain time. Like work. Except it’s work I don’t get paid for. This time around I’ll go with totals and see how that goes.
Chiropractor four times. These are 20 to 30 minutes each and round trip to reach the destination is 50-60 minutes. Wait time averages 5 to 10 minutes. These appts are super helpful too.
Counseling once. I’m there about an hour and round trip is 50-60 minutes.
Dentist twice. I think I was there 1.5-2.5 hours because fillings. Round trip is 10-15 minutes.
Spine/pain specialist. I think the appointment was 15-20 minutes but I waited twice as long. It was a follow-up/progress check and I don’t see him again unless I think I need to. 50-60 minutes round trip.
Gastroenterologist follow-up. This one was pretty quick but maybe 20-30 minutes for the appt? Have to valet here. Closer to 60 minutes round trip.
Physical therapy twice. Appointments are an hour long. I kind of take the long way back to the car to stretch after the appointment. Often takes me an additional 10 minutes to finish up too. Round trip is 45-55 minutes?
Xolair at the infusion center. Once. It takes 15-20 minutes for my dose to be ready and the nurse to be ready to administer it. Then I’m there at least 30 minutes. This time I also waited because someone was inconsiderate. Probably there close to 1.5 hours.
Rheumatologist follow-up. I remember I was there all total for an hour. It usually takes longer. The round trip is about 30-35 minutes though.
That’s 13 appointments and at least 12 hours driving. Wait time before an appointment was anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. Assuming I waited 10 minutes before each appointment – which is really good – That was 2 hours and 10 minutes of waiting in waiting rooms and or exam rooms. I bet the average was more like 20 minutes before seeing medical assistants or doctors… and so that’s 4 hours and 20 minutes sitting and waiting.
Doctor/therapy appointments are a little trickier to add up. Three appointments an hour long. Two appointments that were about two hours each. Xolair – not an appointment like you think with was about 1.5 hours. Let’s call the chiropractor appointments an hour total for ease of math. Also for ease let’s call the three follow-ups with specialists an hour total.
Side note: follow-ups with specialists are varying levels of useful. For example I waited 30 minutes to see the spine specialist so that his opinion of my progress could be on chart in case it’s ever important in the future. Not specifically helpful. The rheumatologist drew blood though to see if lab work shows anything else is going on because of changes in some of my symptoms.
That totals at least 10 hours with therapists or doctors.
So my rough math says I spent about 10 hours interacting with medical professionals, 12 hours driving, and around 4 hours sitting in waiting rooms.
This doesn’t include paying, scheduling future appointments, or any blood draws for lab work.
And doctor appointments along with the driving they entail can trigger migraines or headaches for me. 9 total headaches ranging from 39 hours total to 2 hours. The dentist appts helped to trigger at least 2 headaches. Totally the time periods for each headache, according to my app, I spent over 4 and a half days this month with some kind of pain in my head. (It was an abnormally high month.)
And other stuff during the month:
- Movie! Saw The Matrix in theater. It kinda holds up well minus pay phones and cell phones the size of bricks. It was also fun in theater because the audience was laughing at all the “good lines” like “WOAH”.(Seen it many times before, just never in theater.)
- knitting group – once
- other stuff at home: phone calls for refills, scheduling and rescheduling or confirming appts; updating paperwork and making notes about doctor appointments
This is what I mean by “professional patient.”