Is There a Doctor in the House?

Last Friday, I was diagnosed with “swimmer’s ear” before we headed to the woods, and I’ve been using antibiotic ear drops since then. This, of course, was after I had been laid low with my very own middle ear infection and pinkeye.

I went to MedExpress for all these diagnoses. When my other ear started hurting last night, I turned to Dr. Twitter, wondering if I should waste another hour or so at MedExpress or just go ahead and start using the drops in that ear too. I went with using drops in both ears.

I realize, as a nominal adult, that I should have an actual Primary Care Physician (PCP) to phone up for these types of things, but here I am at 43 with no regular doctor. For that matter, I don’t have a regular dentist (I did, for a brief time there, have a dentist. He redid my front tooth. Two years ago. I think I went back once after that… maybe twice. But he’s out of the way, so I stopped going), and, er, I should find a lady-parts doctor sometime in the very near future too.

I don’t get regular physicals. In my 30s, I went to the Midwife Center for my gynecological care, and my annual exams with the midwives stood in for annual physicals. As I am not having babies any more, I figure I can switch to another midwife practice or a traditional gynecologist closer to hand. But I haven’t yet.

I haven’t had a pap smear since after M was born. I have yet to have a mammogram. And, as I mentioned, I haven’t seen a dentist in well over a year. The only health care provider I see on the regular is my chiropractor.

I am better about regularly getting my bikini line waxed than getting my teeth cleaned. My priorities may be askew.

While going to the doctor is never fun, I don’t dislike it. Except for the dentist. I do hate going to the dentist. I would accept a prescription for Xanax just to get me through regular dental visits. The poking, the scraping, the bleeding. The pain. No, thank you.

And yet, again, as a nominal adult, I realize I should be caring for myself better than this. It’s pure laziness on my part. Laziness and resentment. I don’t want to take the time out of my schedule to find a doctor/dentist, call a doctor/dentist to make an appointment, and keep said appointment with a doctor/dentist. It would have to be during the weekday. I’d have to take personal (paid) time! Bah.

My chiropractor, aside from being absolutely fab, is about 10 minutes away from my office. I can go on my lunch half-hour. And I never, ever feel the desire to pop a Xanax before an appointment with her. She’s like a combination massage therapist and psychologist.

Oh, the other health care provider I see regularly is my eye doctor. I go annually, as required. The office I go to has evening and Saturday hours… and is at a mall. So. I’m not all terrible.

However, I am aware that this reluctance and resentment to see other types of health care providers borders on the irresponsible. I have no problem taking time for my children’s doctors and dentist appointments. I don’t even mind the prospect of unpaid time off for post-surgery recovery for Kate and Michael.

But take an hour at the beginning of the day to see a physical for an annual check up? Go get my teeth polished? I’d just rather not bother.

I’m sure this will be problematic at some point.

Am I alone? How do I make myself engage in some self care that’s not of the spa variety? Oh, if only my aesthetician could check my vitals while she gave me a pedicure!

4 thoughts on “Is There a Doctor in the House?

  1. Not alone. I have a PCP, but the last time I went was 2 years ago when I sprained my ankle. An injury that has not healed properly because I am unable to stay off of it. I do see my dentist regularly, but there were a couple of decades I didn’t. Money is an issue. Thankfully now that my wife is employed by the school district we have good insurance for everybody that doesn’t cost over half our monthly income. We’re switching the kids pediatrician this summer (he’s great but like… 45 minutes in traffic) and we’re going to merge them with our “family practitioner” PCP. That clinic is about 15 minutes away. And they have a pharmacy and lab there. Flu shots, prescriptions, etc. I haven’t had a physical in…. well, I think it was 20 years ago. I should get one. And a couple of those “male” exams you’re supposed to start doing at our age. *sigh* I’ve been putting those off for a very long time.

    • This is part of what I default to: I want someone close by. Either close to my house (our ped is a 7 minute drive away; the ped dentist is about 10 minutes away) to to my office. And if they are close to my office, they have to get me in and out. I don’t have time for my doctor to be running behind (and they all do). Fortunately, insurance isn’t an issue; we are on a good plan (knock on wood).

      Well, I feel better I’m not alone. Or maybe I just feel bad for both of us now!

  2. You are not alone. I never see a doctor unless my hand is forced by something falling off, turning color or hurting so bad, even Jack Daniels won’t touch it.

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