Physicians on Speed Dial?

How Many Doctors Does it Take?

How many doctors do you ‘have listed’ on your phone? Ours is increasing every year. Finding a new PCP was no easy task either. We listened to ‘new friends’ tell of their good and bad experiences here with Dentist, Primary Care Physicians, and Orthopedic doctors. It was only a matter of time before we would actually have a  NEED to see one.

It began with a Pickleball injury, of course.  (Ortho doc), then back problems, (Chiropractor). Next came the annual Dental checkup, followed by the colonoscopy check (Internal Med Doc). Let’s not forget the ‘girls’ smashing fun with the mammogram, closely followed by the GYNO visit where you were always told to ‘scoot down’ on the table a little bit more while in stirrups. At least we can rule out the OB Docs!

Our ‘calendar’ was once filled with social events like; The Dance, Country Breakfast, Pickleball, TWRTimes, Tech Committee, HOA, and a little stage performance. Now, at least for the month of November, we have replaced social time with doctor’s appointments and physical therapy. Our newest physician is the eye surgeon who removed one cataract this week. Hubby has his shoulder surgery scheduled for the following Wednesday. OMG!!!

Although we ‘suddenly’ have half a dozen docs a piece, we are grateful to have them available when needed.  Those of you who were some of the first residents here in Tanglewood, are still here due to the care received by your physicians. (Duly noted)

So, how many doctors does it take to keep a Tanglewood resident happy and healthy enough to stay here? For us, we have needed a PCP, Dermatologist, two Ortho Surgeons, Optometrist, two Dentists, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, two Massage Therapists,and one Vet… (Not necessarily cheaper by the dozen).

Praise the Lord, we haven’t had to call 911 or go to the ER, but the year isn’t over yet. I hope whoever is reading this article is smiling because you either have us beat by NOT needing any doctors, or you can trump that number.

Check your calendars now; first to see what day it is, and second to see what office ‘waiting room’ is on your schedule.

All kidding aside, the doctor appointments are life savers, and the very reason we’re still living the good life here in paradise.

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Pam Batey

Moved to Tanglewood in August 2016, with husband, Steve and dog, Maggie. Retired Paramedic, now continuing my hobby writing short stories and information in the "You and Your Health" Section of the newsletter. Active Member of Tanglewood Community Church.