Tuesday

It’ll no doubt shock everyone to hear that I’ve been starkly unproductive today. Weirdly unable to focus. Distracted. Nervous.

The good news is that I had errands to run, which allowed me to feel like I was accomplishing something, and a big stack of files to start sorting through.

And there was that voting thing. I decided to wait until after the polls had been open for an hour, hoping that the early birds would have worked through the system by that point. And I was mostly right, though there was still a 20 minute wait when I arrived, a wait easily four times longer than it’s ever been for me at this particular polling station. No problems at all once I got in; the poll workers were helpful and friendly, and the whole thing seemed to be working like it should. The line, though, was a little longer as I left than it was when I arrived.

Of course it was nowhere near as annoying as my trip to the doctor today, where I was taken into an exam room just a few minutes after my appointment time and then left sitting on a table, wearing a paper sheet, for 45 minutes before the doctor came in.

In my fantasy world, at least, the outcome of the former event might help fix the latter. So cross your fingers, folks.

Now I’m going to pretend to get some grading done, while calculating how long I have to wait before it’s reasonable to turn on the television.

One thought on “Tuesday

  1. I hold zero hope of a connection between the two. I expect that for the foreseeable future, the very rich will not have to wait for doctors. And (I’m getting old and conservative) some part of me is OK with that.

    What I sincerely hope is that:

    (a) All people in America (citizens or not) should have access to basic medical care. This doesn’t mean “Free MRI Day,” or something. Medical care is really damn expensive, and it’s not just because of inefficiencies or bureaucracy. Sometimes, advanced technology (machines and people) are a scarce resource. But just as there is no excuse for anyone to go hungry in America, there’s no excuse for them to get TB, or to get substandard care for illness or injuries. I think there should be more of a safety net. This can happen both through providing insurance for everyone, in some form, and by reforming the institution of medicine (nurse practitioners FTW).

    (b) I want this to happen without my standard of care decreasing. I have a feeling that it will have a good effect on me–a healthy populace helps the economy, reduces crime, reduces the risk of contagious disease, etc.–but really, I’m pretty OK with my healthcare. I just don’t want it at the expense of the least fortunate.

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