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Old 01-30-2017, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Not just pro sports, but major college sports as well. Yes, going to see the Bucs is OK, but sometimes I'd like to see a team in a major conference. That's a drive to Knoxville. Most metros with a million or more will have at least a major college program. Getting football back definitely helps their image.

There are few national act concerts around here. Freedom Hall in Johnson City used to have a lot of big acts in the 70s, but attracts few big names today. Yes, there are lesser known and local bands, but if you like major concerts, it's another drive.

I'm into various types of video and board gaming, and that's perfect for winter months, but there's little of that on a larger, group scale here. Yes, you can find small groups to play with in someone's home sometimes through Meetup, but any sort of convention (outside of guns/fishing/hunting) is hard to come by here. Speaking of gaming, there are no local casinos. I don't gamble, but this is something some people enjoy.

The further north you go, the more time you spend in cold months, and cold weather friendly activities are more important.
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Old 01-30-2017, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Sounds to me like you are close to all the important things like grocery stores, veterinarians, a Super Wal-Mart. Do you do a lot of internet shopping? There was someone on one of these forums who was in his 80's and he was describing how he does most of his shopping online so he doesn't have to drive in the snow.
That wasn't me, but as I have no car and get rides, I've discovered online shopping is a wonderful thing. Ordering stuff from Walmart online, I have access to all the stuff that superwalmart has, and the one in town (which has excellent meat and vegies, all locally grown) is a quick in and out. All those things you buy a big box of, I get online. No walking around and around, only to discover an empty display they'll fill up later when I'm back home. And I get some foods and most pet needs from Amazon. I'm increasingly finding more and more household needs (like light bulbs) which I also order. Similar problem with food and shelves, but also since its cheaper and they are good quality.

I end up with a lot of cardboard, but due to floors which need sanding and sealing (the origional now un painted/covered hardwood floors) I put down a cardboard runner by the door to catch dirt. When it gets warm I'll do the floors but I've found the boxes become useful too.

I also get a total before I pay it and if its above the planned limit, I can go through the order and prune before I pay. I also have the other bills on auto pay so they get taken care of without me.

I find the most dangerous place for a budget is walking down isles of stuff you'd like with your bank card with money in your pocket....

I also buy a more and more non food stuff from amazon since I can find exactly what I want, not sort of, and withing price range (sometimes less with Prime). I get all my vitamins and suppliments this way, getting a much better quality as well. And I can do an expected total for the month from my order history.

The ability to shop this way has actually saved me quite a bit, and spared me a bag full of gum and candy bars which jumped in the basket while checking out.

If the total seems too high, I can also go into the order before paying and delete a few things, harder when you are sitting there with the clerk and others waiting on you leaving.
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Old 01-30-2017, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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My mother is visiting doctors usually at least once a week, if not twice a week. It's not uncommon as you may think and you're obviously in pretty good health.
This is what I don't understand. What could a doctor possibly be doing when he sees a patient once a week? I don't necessarily expect an answer because you may not know to that degree of specificity and/or you may not want to violate another person's privacy.

"Pretty good health" is relative. I have the humiliation of being on two prescription medications. I can say that because of the anonymity here. I wouldn't call that "pretty good health".
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:49 PM
 
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This is what I don't understand. What could a doctor possibly be doing when he sees a patient once a week? I don't necessarily expect an answer because you may not know to that degree of specificity and/or you may not want to violate another person's privacy.

My wife goes to physical therapy twice a week for the next two months as she is trying to resolve bother her knee pain and sciatica.

Her mother is treated by no less than 6-8 specialists due to major issues with her health and the fact that she has two or three chronic conditions that require three or four trips a month to a major university hospital.

Believe it or not, people DO have to get to a health care provider on a weekly basis.

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Prior to my retirement, I would generally head to my favorite NCAA Division III schools every Saturday until November (or until it got too cold) for a football game. When basketball season started, I would would go to a small college doubleheader (women's/men's) about twice a week. Being in the Chicagoland area, there was always a lot of sports activities around.

Moving to Arizona has been a major disappointment in that arena as there is one school in the area and that school wants to charge megabucks for tickets (as well as a hefty donation to their athletics program) for the "honor" of attending games. However, I am getting over this by traveling to the Midwest during football season and following progressive conferences like the Big Sky who broadcast all their games online. It is not quite the same but I can watch 2-3 games in an evening.
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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My wife goes to physical therapy twice a week for the next two months as she is trying to resolve bother her knee pain and sciatica.

Her mother is treated by no less than 6-8 specialists due to major issues with her health and the fact that she has two or three chronic conditions that require three or four trips a month to a major university hospital.

Believe it or not, people DO have to get to a health care provider on a weekly basis.

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Prior to my retirement, I would generally head to my favorite NCAA Division III schools every Saturday until November (or until it got too cold) for a football game. When basketball season started, I would would go to a small college doubleheader (women's/men's) about twice a week. Being in the Chicagoland area, there was always a lot of sports activities around.

Moving to Arizona has been a major disappointment in that arena as there is one school in the area and that school wants to charge megabucks for tickets (as well as a hefty donation to their athletics program) for the "honor" of attending games. However, I am getting over this by traveling to the Midwest during football season and following progressive conferences like the Big Sky who broadcast all their games online. It is not quite the same but I can watch 2-3 games in an evening.
O.K., physical therapy, THAT I understand. Wasn't thinking along those lines. Thank you.
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:15 PM
 
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O.K., physical therapy, THAT I understand. Wasn't thinking along those lines. Thank you.

You also have kidney dialysis patients that track to a medical facility three times a week as well as some allergy patients who need weekly treatments. I am not a medical professional so there MAY be many other conditions that I am not aware of.
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Old 01-31-2017, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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This is what I don't understand. What could a doctor possibly be doing when he sees a patient once a week? I don't necessarily expect an answer because you may not know to that degree of specificity and/or you may not want to violate another person's privacy.

"Pretty good health" is relative. I have the humiliation of being on two prescription medications. I can say that because of the anonymity here. I wouldn't call that "pretty good health".
We're generally talking numerous doctors. Anyone on any sort of scheduled medical treatment (ex: receives a shot every two weeks) would be going a lot too, not including people on dialysis and other frequent treatments.

Hematologist - she is anemic and has a blood disorder.

Gynecologist - self-explanatory.

Cardiologist - monitoring of a minor heart condition she's had since childhood.

Neurologist - fibromyalgia/pain.

Chiropractor - chiropractic adjustments make her feel better.

GP - self-explanatory.

Oncologist - treatment/monitoring of "preleukemia" condition she has.

That's all I can think of for now, but I know she's also seen a podiatrist within the past year.
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Texas
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This is what I don't understand. What could a doctor possibly be doing when he sees a patient once a week? I don't necessarily expect an answer because you may not know to that degree of specificity and/or you may not want to violate another person's privacy.

"Pretty good health" is relative. I have the humiliation of being on two prescription medications. I can say that because of the anonymity here. I wouldn't call that "pretty good health".
On your first point - My mother doesn't go every week but she goes a whole lot more than I go. She is in her 90s. She has diabetes which requires regular visits. She has a heart condition that requires periodic visits. She has complications that flow from the diabetes that require various other specialists.

On your second point - Depends entirely on the underlying condition that you are taking the medication for. I use to take 2 prescription medications for my allergies, but I was in really good health as long as I took those meds.
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Old 01-31-2017, 11:33 PM
 
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My mother is visiting doctors usually at least once a week, if not twice a week. It's not uncommon as you may think and you're obviously in pretty good health.
I don't think you can assume that someone is in pretty good health just because they do not visit doctors regularly or occasionally. Many people rarely go to see a doctor. It doesn't automatically mean they are in good health.

And I do think it's not common or ordinary for people to make a doctor visit every week or twice a week. (except for dialysis patients, people in their late 80's or 90's etc) It doesn't happen often. Some people with heart conditions need to be checked regularly.

Many doctors tend to want to see patients way more often than is necessary. They push appointments because that is one way they make money. Every office visit can be $200 or more in their pocket. Patients need to push back and not go along with unnecessary appointments. One needs to be informed and help direct their own medical care, and do reading on the various maladies, so as to know what questions to ask, etc. and in order to make good decisions about their own care, and to be more informed about alternatives to surgery, and not be pushed into unnecessary surgery.

Also, when you google 'statins', muscle weakness as a possible side effect comes up about 12 million times. One cannot miss reading about muscles weakness as a possible side effect when merely putting the word statins into google.com.

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Old 02-01-2017, 08:51 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Out of control diabetics, folks with cancer, chemo patients, dialysis patients, allergy shots, chronic congestive heart failure, .....the list goes on for people who need pretty continual medical care as they age. Then there's dementia and the side and after affects of that. If you're not strength training - falls are VERY common and are often the slippery side to the end.

I have no regular prescriptions other than that for allergies and acid reflux.

My spouse has high triglycerides and cholesterol....and a very bad back that he needs to manage.

I think we manage our care pretty well pre-retirement. We're not in imminent need of regularly scheduled medical care but any diagnosis can change that.

Now if I could only get these root canals (I have one schedule today - it's been like dominoes - 4 in the last three years) under control.....Endodontists can be few and far between.....
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