This was Cliff's first time to see our family doctor since they sent him on to the heart specialist in April. The heart doctor had sent all the information ahead of us, so the doctor was well-informed. Cliff is on Lipitor, which can be hard on the liver; so he will have to have blood work done periodically.
There are two doctors in this practice. I normally ask for Dr. G. He has such wonderful "bedside manner". (He's the one I featured stitching up my leg last April.) But I specifically asked that Cliff see Dr. D. Why? Because Dr. D had a heart attack several years ago, at the young age of 40. I figure a guy who has had heart trouble is going to be more diligent monitoring a heart patient. Silly, I know. But I will tell you that he took plenty of time with Cliff, and told us how low he wants to get his cholesterol... total, HDL, and LDL. He is on the same dose of Lipitor as Cliff, and told him, "You are to take this the rest of your life, just like I plan to do."
My poor doctors are always somewhat taken aback when they see my camera. I promise them I won't use my photos in a lawsuit against them, and I won't use their names in my journal.
Funny thing, when we sat down by Barbara in the waiting room, Cliff asked her, "What are you doing here?"
"Oh, for a follow-up," she answered.
Later when we were alone, I told Cliff, "Never ask someone that question; they might have a condition you don't want to hear about."
"Oh," he said. "I never thought about that; I just thought maybe she was sick."