Today’s doctor visit was like the ones I’ve had before. The doctor was helpful and answered my questions, but the wait was very long. I probably waited for an extra 45 minutes when I actually did show up on time. That’s not uncommon in the United States either, but the last general practitioner I had was actually pretty quick to get me in. So I’ve been a bit spoiled.
But on to the referral, since they are handled a little differently here than in the United States. My doctor told me that they would fax in a referral letter to the hospital. Then the orthopedic surgeons office would send me a letter letting me know when my appointment is. She anticipated that it should only take a week, but that it could take up to two. The pain in my hand is really annoying, but it isn’t life threatening so I don’t mind a bit of a delay. I’ll let you know when that letter actually comes in and how much further out they do schedule my appointment.
In the meantime, I will be trying to keep up with the blog and the podcast and hopefully writing a book for National Novel Writing Month (November). I have found a copy of MacSpeech Dictate so I can dictate anything I need to write. It’s okay but has some weird bugginess to it and I haven’t learned how to capitalize proper nouns. Also it doesn’t speak Dutch. I will do my best to edit these posts so that you don’t end up with strange words, but I hope you will forgive the occasional oddity as I train this program.
I have also switched my mouse over to the left hand side of my computer so that I can mouse with my left hand. Hopefully both these steps plus getting Dan to do more the housework will help my hand heal without surgery.