Hurry up and wait certainly describes my day yesterday. I had two doctors’ appointments on the mainland so I had to play hooky from the Instructor Development Course. (The wind was blowing hard out of the east. I hope they didn’t have too bad of a day.)
I slept in a little (as evidenced by Monday’s post time) and then began working on chores; I filled the fresh water tank on Escape, washed 2 loads of clothes (a lot for me), and tended to a chore for my dear old dad. I even made time to do some official Florida Sea Base chores; emails, medical reviews, staff applications and phone calls.
I planned to leave the Florida Sea Base before 1100 but didn’t come to a stopping point until 1115. Then the traffic was unbelievable congested, a busy MLK day I guess. I took 2.5 hours to drive to my first appointment in Aventura. It is usually a 2 hour drive so then I was 45 minutes behind schedule. Fortunately I got in and out, leaving time to drive 24 miles to my next appointment without excessive stress.
The second appointment was with my neurologist. I was a little early so I stopped about 2 blocks away at McDonald’s (iced tea only) to use their free Wi-Fi. I called the doctor’s office to see if he was running on time. Nope, he was 2 hours behind schedule. The nurse suggested I check in at 1730 (5:30 pm) and that she would call me if I needed to be there any sooner. The nurse called back at 1700 (5 pm) and said I should arrive at 1800 (6 pm). (Three hours in the Mickey D parking lot; a wonderful use of my time.) I arrived at 1800 and the first thing the receptionist wanted was my co-pay. (I guess she knew I still had a while to wait and might leave.) I finally saw the doctor around 1840. What he had to tell me could have been accomplished in 5 minutes on the phone; I’m messed up, he can’t fix it, but he can refer me to another doctor who might be able to help (for more $$$). While this neurologist came very highly recommended, I think I am done with him.
Since I had so much time waiting on my appointment, I started working on this morning’s post. The sad part is I didn’t have anything to report. So I revised this information that was posted about a year ago:
Preparing for Florida Sea Base Scuba Adventure,
Scuba Certification and Scuba Liveaboard Programs
Four scuba programs are currently offered at the Florida Sea Base: Scuba Adventure, Scuba Certification, Scuba Liveaboard and the Divemaster Academy. This article will include the first three programs. The Divemaster Academy is only offered in the winter and will be discussed in future blogs. Click on READ MORE.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape