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LOOK, MA, NO BLOOD!

4 March 2003

Today was another day in the wonderful Adventures of Being a Diabetic. The jury is still out (in my mind) about whether or not I'm diabetic but since Cindy tells me that technically speaking everybody is diabetic, and it's just a question of when the blood sugars get too high (mine are all fine), I won't quibble.

In the meantime, I get all sorts of instruction.

Today it was on diabetic retinopathy and I have to admit that this was a session I was kind of interested in. I know that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness and since I only have usable vision in one eye anyway, I'm very leery about things that could cause me to lose my vision.

For starters, I didn't really know what, specifically, diabetic retinopathy is and the film they ran showed it beautifully as a red splotch in the middle of your field of vision. Kind of like Jackson Pollack tossed a dollop of paint in your eye. Unfortunately, they were putting drops in my eye when they went into detail about the various treatments, but I did hear thewords "surgery" and "laser" and "possible recovery." That's enough to make anybody watch her sugar grams.

Then when my pupils were fully dilated, they checked the back of the eye to look for possible signs of bleeding, which would indicate early retinopathy, but I got a clean bill of health and a reminder to come back again for another dilated pupil exam in 2 years.

They had said to bring a driver because of the drops in the eyes and I had made arrangements to call Walt when the exam was over, but with those cute little stylish plastic wrap-around sunglasses they give you, I could see just fine out in the sun, and it's a short drive to the office, so I just drove myself.

We are entering an interesting period at the office. I sort of feel like we're about to make a major shift. For one thing, we have added a DEXA machine in our spare office--this is the machine they use to do bone density exams, and Dr. G took a course to become a certified bone densiometrist. We will be doing bone density exams two days a week, and on Saturdays. There is a smaller exam that apparently any idiot can run, which does a "peripheral" exam, which examines your heel to see if there is any indication that you should have a full body scan.

In addition to being office manager, bookkeeper, appointment scheduler, medical assistant, transcriptionist and janitor, I'm now going to be bone density exam giver as well. Fortunately, I got a raise for my birthday.

However, with the addition of the new equipment, we've also hired a radiology technician who is supposed to be learning my job in her spare time, in case I should ever want a day of sick leave or...maybe even a vacation? Today I was to start showing her how the job goes. I had to keep telling myself "I'm the boss...I'm the boss..." Her experience in doing what I do is more intense than mine is and she would ask questions that one would ask of someone doing my job in a larger medical office. Our office is so casual that I have no "routine" per se and a lot of the things she assumed I was doing just don't seem to apply in an office as small as ours.

I've been saying all along that I kind of missed the camaraderie of working with other people (Dr. G doesn't count), but it's been a year and a half and I've gotten used to the silence and by the time she left at the end of a few hours, my ears were hurting. It's going to be an adjustment process.

But along with hiring a rad tech, I've also turned over all of patient billing to our new biller--I took the initiative of doing that on my own without checking with the Big Boss. I think this new system will work much better (especially for me!). And I hired someone to come in and clean the office twice a month. With a "deep cleaning" twice a month, Dr. G can live with my "touch ups" and not get apoplectic because there is a speck of dust on the baseboards.

So it seems like overnight we've gone from a 2-person to a 5 person office. While it's true that the cleaner, the rad tech and the biller aren't going to be around all the time, there is suddenly a lot more activity in the office than there has been for awhile.

I guess I'm going to have to get myself a routine before somebody notices that I haven't done much for the last year and a half!


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Quote of the Day

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
And you take the first step into the darkness of the unknown
You must believe that one of two things will happen
There will be something solid for you to stand upon
or you will be taught to fly

~ Patrick Overton

Yesterday's Photo

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David, 1984

One Year Ago
A Peanutbutter Kind of Day
if Friday was a Mary Poppins kind of day, today has to be classified as a peanutbutter kind of day. A day when I have the munchies all day long.

Two Years Ago
Two out of Two
while all my friends were rocking around the clock and doing the hand jive and other such stuff, I was sitting at home listening to balladeers, mooning over Judy Garland, and missing out on a whole generation--my generation--of music. "My" music is the music of my father’s generation.


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Pounds Lost:  73.8
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URL Total 741.6
Blue Angel Total 720.2
2003 YTD Cumulative:  233.8

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