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A dear friend of the family, Doc, is a veteran of WWII. Navy, to be precise. Often he tells tales of riding in the landing craft onto beaches in the midst of active fire and the harrowing experiences shared with the other brave men he served with. My father was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and my stepfather a highly decorated military pilot. Doc, a retired dentist, has little of his former affluent life left except perhaps the memories. Living on a fixed income he relies on Veterans Hospital for his medical care. It was distressing to him to hear the report recently of how many servicemen and women died while waiting to get appointment to be seen for whatever was ailing them. In light of what these people do to provide us with a safe living environment I would say rather than distressing, disgraceful might be a more appropriate adjective.

Truly I wonder what’s happening to our medical profession as a whole. If you ask most people they will tell you their doctors spend most of the visit staring at a computer screen keying in information and very little time actually interacting with the person sitting in front of them. I write about this often because it continues to dismay me and no matter which doctor I visit the same situation seems to prevail.

For over two months I’ve been dealing with an eye infection. At a dental visit earlier in the year my dentist noticed a half moon anomoly on my dental x-rays. She suggested I bring this up to my primary physician for further evaluation. Making an appointment for a sinus infection, I mentioned the anomaly. The doctor said she didn’t read dental films, so I would need to get the x-ray from the dental office, have the dentist read it and bring the x-ray and the dentist’s interpretation to her office. I did as instructed. Interestingly I had to pay $25 to borrow my x-ray. Didn’t I already pay for this up front? Never heard a thing from the doctor for nearly a month. Finally, I called and asked if she’d had a chance to look at it. After several weeks I heard back saying a CT scan of my sinuses had been ordered to see if anything significant shows up. Following  the scan I got a call from my doctor saying there was a cyst in my sinuses, but a benign cyst, and nothing to worry about. Okay. Curious, I looked this up on the computer only to find if blocking an area in the sinus cavity it can cause problems with both your eyes and your ears.

Just before my eyes began acting up I contracted another sinus infection. A round of heavy antibiotics was ordered. This seemed to address the sinus infection but my eyes were still bright red. Referred to the ophthalmologist he diagnosed pink eye. Swell. For two weeks I was prescribed topical antibiotics and prednisone. Prednisone is an amazing drug with less amazing side effects, but tired of looking like a lab rat I did as I was told. Again no improvement. Another two weeks of topical antibiotics led to ten days of oral antibiotics. Good Lord, I was a yeast playground at this point.

Yesterday I woke up to my usual red orbs and found a puffy swelling below my left eye and to the left of my nose. That’s not good. I called my doctor and was told to come in. Arriving in the examining room carrying her laptop the doctor looked at my red face and swollen eye and asked why I was there. Um, I think I’m pregnant? No. Okay, it might be my eyes.

Looking into both eyes she said, “they’re red”. Yes, thank you I determined that on my own and I don’t have any school loans to pay off. Showing her the swelling under my eye, she said that’s nothing to worry about. Perhaps it’s just me, but I prefer my face not to look as if I’d sewn a sock underneath the skin if you don’t mind. I’m picky that way. Hmmmm. I went through the history of the whole illness once again even though I would assume it was all there on the trusty computer. What is she doing playing video games on that thing? She suggested a CT scan. Really? I explained I’d just had one a month ago. Oh. She then asked if another doctor I’d seen in the same group had ordered it.  Again does not the computer have any information stored in it? “You ordered it”, I replied. “Oh.” Is it just me?

When I explained she’d told me the cyst wasn’t anything to worry about, she was surprised to find there was one. I am glad we weren’t prepping for surgery at this point. It was then suggested she refer me to an ear, nose and throat doctor. Good idea says I. Why didn’t I think of that? Does she have a computer so you two can speak? Try to pass on some information so I’m not going in cold.

In the end she told me to stop everything I was doing and wait to be scheduled for an appointment which should take about a month. Ah well, my eyes will go perfectly with my red Christmas dress. Sigh.

This soup was full of vegetables and worthy of a second helping.

SAVORY VEGETABLE SOUP

2 Tbsp. olive oil
8 cups chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, sliced
6 heirloom fingerling potatoes, halved and sliced
1/2 cup whole green beans (cooked)
2 zucchini, halved and sliced thin
2 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 15 oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 can tomato sauce
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp. dried basil
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 pkg. Sazon Goya seasoning
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Cooked rice (optional)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Croutons

In large pot saute garlic, carrots, onions, celery, potatoes and green beans for 8 mins. Add zucchini and continue cooking for 6 mins.

Add tomato sauce, bay leaves, basil, Italian seasoning, Sazon Goya, peas, salt and pepper to pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook at a low simmer for 45 mins.

Remove bay leaves and discard. Serve over a bed of cooked rice if desired.

Top with grated cheese and croutons if desired.

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