On Strike from Appointments

On Strike from Appointments
Christine Tender Points I've decided to go on strike this week. I'm not talking about work. Gratefully, I'm retired. I'm talking about appointments, most of them medical. It's not that my doctors aren't competent or that I don't need their assistance. I do. But I've reached my saturation point. That's right. I've had one too many appointments, and I need a break! Recently, I've been doing physical therapy for a particularly bothersome upper back muscle. That's one weekly appointment. In the midst of this issue, I developed hip pain that awakens me during the night. Because I'm intolerant of most medications and heat and cold have been ineffective, more physical therapy was prescribed. That's a second appointment each week. I've been in the throes of depression for the past several months, requiring consultation with my psychotherapist and attendance at the group therapy sessions she recommends. That's two more appointments each week. Last week, I suddenly developed a painful eyelid infection. That meant that in addition to my four ongoing appointments, there was one with the
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