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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Here’s a how-de-do. As soon as I got my Kaiser password in the mail today, meaning I could make an appointment on line, the pain was gone. There’s something about the prospect of actually seeing a doctor that anesthetizes me. The word for it, I think, is “fear.”

And what I’m really afraid of is that once I start going to the doctor, I’ll never stop. I have so many minor things that I could tell him about that I could go every week and not run out for a year. Besides the pain in my wrist, there’s the constant weight of my allergies, and my sleep issues, and various other ailments that I don’t want to make more real by naming them. I could, but I won’t.

Nevertheless, despite my sudden miraculous improvement, I used my password to request an appointment. They gave me three choices: Internal Medicine, OB/GYN or Pediatrics. After eliminating the latter two, I decided that the problem was indeed internal, but what if I wanted them to take care of the dark spot on my chest? They need more options.

11 May 2006

Side yard.

Anyway, I don’t expect to get a confirmation of my appointment before Monday, at the earliest. And they don’t make online appointments within the next two weeks, so it will probably be the last week of the month before I see my doctor. But maybe they’ll phone or email me to find out what the problem is, and I can tell them, and then they’ll move me up the ladder.

That’s the thing, you see. I’ll talk to them on the phone if they call me, but I won’t call them. That’s just how it is.

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If the Giants had won today’s game the way the Dodgers won last night, by taking a big lead early and then coasting, it wouldn’t have meant nearly as much. In this one, the Giants went to the bottom of the ninth inning three runs behind and facing the Dodgers’ closer, who had been dominant so far this season. They put together enough clutch hits to set it up so that all Omar Vizquel had to do was hit a sacrifice fly to win the game, which is what he did, giving the Giants a huuuuge 6-5 win over their rivals. Just as the Giants were done in by one of their key weaknesses, bases on balls, in the Dodgers’ three-run seventh, the Dodgers were done in by their Achilles heel, infield defense, in the Giants’ winning rally.

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