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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday? or Tuesday? ... Hmmm...

Ok, no question, this is a short week due to the President's Day holiday - and they always seem a lot longer than four days. No, I don't have a clue why, do you?

Today was even shorter for me (at least at the office) than usual, as I had an appointment at the eye doctor. It's also pay week. So doing payroll, a job that normally takes a couple of days before direct deposit deadlines kick in, was crunched into basically half a day. I always get the last appointment of the day for my retina specialist: that's 2 p.m.

Do you know when I saw my doctor? 5:10 P.M.

Things have always taken awhile with this guy (yes, he's very good), but I've never - ever - had to wait anywhere near 3 hours. And I feel sorry for the 3 other patients who were still there waiting when I left. I've never seen so many people in his office at one time. The doctor, to his credit, apologized, and said I was the only patient he'd seen this day who was perfectly fine (I have to have these 6-month checkups, in part to make sure I stay fine).

My next 6-month checkup? Well, the soonest we could manage that was the end of September. Yes, I know. I keep reminding myself that he's that good...

I just have two things to say about it all:

1. I cannot imagine how I waited in doctor offices before I started knitting again! I managed to knit a LOT on the Raven Socks while I waited - finished the first one, and got the full toe of the second OTN!

2. I think everyone needs to take up knitting because the people there who had nothing to occupy themselves (and I'm including those who brought someone with them)? Were becoming increasingly hostile. Now I wasn't happy, but I wasn't hostile. (I will admit I think the likelihood of some of the older men in that waiting room taking up knitting is a bit of a stretch, even for me.)

Then I came home so dilated that the best I could do was knit on my vest for Vest-uary, since it's all garter. It came off the needles tonight. Now to sew it together.

Any suggestions? lololol
(nope, never have sewn a sweater together)


Blogger Ruinwen said...

I amazed them at the docs when I finished a sock before they could see me. Knitting helps us stay sane...really it does.

You might want to check out videos on Youtube for the seaming. There are all different kinds of ways to make it invisible and such. :)

7:58 AM  
Blogger elaines630 said...

I am sure seaming will be a piece of cake for you!!

I agree, if everyone would knit, I think there would be a lot more happy people. I usually dont mind waiting because it means I get a chance to knit!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

So you are getting new glasses??? Woot, woot!! Picking out new frames these days is fun....

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Judy said...

I hate waiting for docs! Thank goodness for knitting.

I fired a doctor once because I started having to wait long hours to get in to see him. Then he started having a resident do the majority of the exam. (I ain't payin' for a resident - just saying.) But the kicker was when I really needed to see him right away but the soonest appointment I could get was in 3 months. He'd been my doctor for years and years. I sent him a nice letter explaining that, while I appreciated his expertise, it didn't do me any good if I couldn't see him.

I'm so glad to hear you are OK!


11:14 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

I know,who enjoys waiting THAT LONG anywhere, but you are right, if you have some knitting with, the time goes by much quicker....and look how much you got done!! Happy Wednesday!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, my DD with Lupus often has long waits for her rheumatologist. If she's scheduled for 2 pm, he's been known to see her at 7 pm! His problem is that his patients are often flair-up, really sick, and he can't send them away without taking care of it.

One fellow walked up to the receptionist, and irately said "my appointment was 45 minutes ago!" When he sat back down, DD said "You're a new patient, aren't you." VBG!

1:46 PM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

It's definitely true that knitting makes doctor's offices a LOT easier for me to handle than they once were. Three hours is a crazy long time to wait for an appointment, though! (I expect that when I take the kids for a walk-in, but with an appointment, not so much.)

I'm not much help with the seaming (this is why I like sweaters knitted in the round), but I bet if you treat it like your bags (pin and then sew) you'll be fine :)

2:17 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Three hours? Yikes. That's why I try to get in first thing in the morning, if at all possible.

I haven't seamed a sweater since a rather unsuccessful adventure about 16 years ago. I'll be watching to see how you do. :-)

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I read how long you had to wait I was thinking how great that would be. The only time I really get to knit is while waiting at the doctor's office since I usually don't have the kids. :) I would kill for three hours of knitting. LOL

12:44 PM  

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