If you’re a regular, healthy person, making an appointment to see the doctor probably isn’t a hugely emotional event. You may be slightly annoyed by it if you have to miss work or something, or you might be kind of excited just because it’s a break from normal routine.
I, personally, see the doctor a lot. Obviously right now I’m almost 9 months pregnant so of course I’m at the doctor all the time, but outside of pregnancy I end up there a lot. Endometriosis flares up, IBS starts giving me grief, or sometimes completely new symptoms come out to play and we need to figure out what the heck is going on. Going to the doctor is more routine for me.
So am I the only one who gets depressed when I schedule an appointment? I never want to call. I wait and research and try things on my own until finally I have to call. I make an appointment and as soon as I get off the phone, I feel so sad. Time to go to the doctor…again. It seems like I was just there. I wonder if I’ll get stuck and poked this time. I wonder if there will even be anything we can do to help this. I wonder if I’ll get another “life-sentence” diagnosis. What is it this time?
Usually the appointment itself isn’t bad or life-altering….usually. But the lead up to it is such a depressing streak of time, at least for me. I imagine this is a common reaction among the chronically ill – but you tell me!
How does making an appointment make you feel? Do you feel anything or is it just a normal part of your life, like going to the grocery store or doing laundry? Are you excited to get in to see a doctor? Does the problem-solving aspect excite you? Do you become angry, resentful, or sad like me?
Tell me about it in the comments! The holidays are a busy time for doctors – many people schedule their check ups around this time, so I’m thinking there are probably a lot of you out there who have this on your minds right now. Every time I’m up at the hospital in December, the parking is as bad as the malls!
Tis the season I guess!