- Created: Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:49
For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I received positive news last Friday. My seventy two hours of waiting felt like it would never end and yet it did...with the report that no tumor was seen. What a relief! Prayers answered. Back to my new normal.
Yesterday, I completed Radiation #9 of 28, then had my weekly visit with my Radiation Oncologist. I was nervous about the visit after last week. The visit was short, sweet, and to the point: how are you, how is your skin, any problems? "Fine, fine, no”...see you next week.
I was a boring patient.
As I left the office, I decided that my new quest in this journey is to be the boring patient. I want to complete my radiation treatments and be done with this phase of my treatment plan. I don’t want anything new to “pop up” unexpectedly or have my doctor give me that look that says they are pondering the next course of action in response to my latest health issue.
I’m curious how many of many of you appreciate the significance of being the boring patient. None of us enjoy the annual check-ups with the various doctors in our life, the number of which tends to increase as we age. Many feel frustration about a co-pay, time away from work, sitting in the waiting room, being seen for fifteen minutes and told that they are fine. What a waste of time...yet what a blessing that should be appreciated.
To my fellow survivors who have fought a life changing illness, my hope and wish for you is that you will once again become the boring patient. I’ve heard that the anxiety and dread that comes with “routine” check-ups post treatment lessens. The positive outcome met with a true feeling of gratitude.
For the rest of my followers, my challenge to you today is to think back on those boring, routine appointments and be thankful. As you schedule your next one, take a moment to appreciate the fact that you are the boring patient.
I welcome your feedback and comments. As always, thanks for reading!
Beverly McKee, MSW, LCSW
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