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Old 03-04-2017, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Try that with appendicitis and see how far you get.
This happens on a regular basis??
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Old 03-04-2017, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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No you can't, but that is not the point. The point is to not center your life on medical care. It is not easy for me to go to the doc because for one thing, I don't have a regular doc, and for another thing the nearest clinic is 30 minutes away and it is hard to get an appointment. So I pretty much don't go.

I had a terrible ear ache a couple of weeks ago and probably would have gone to the doc but because it was so hard, I didn't. Ear ache went away and all is fine. And then I gashed my arm in the yard and should have gotten stitches but didn't. It healed and all is fine. But if I have something serious I will probably go in and have it looked at. But there is a lot of low level stuff that I figure, what's the point?
If the nearest clinic is 30 minutes away, why not get n the car and go see the doc?

If you have a terrible earache, for goodness sake go find out what is causing it! Your hearing is important.

Your comments prove my point. As we get older, we need easy access to medical care. Even if we don't use it often there will come a time when we must.
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Old 03-04-2017, 10:31 PM
 
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This happens on a regular basis??
A ruptured appendix only has to happen once.

There are all kinds of cancers where if you catch them early, they're treatable. Lots of people with colon cancer live for many decades afterwards. If you get a PSA test every year, prostate cancer at stage 1 has pretty much a 100% 5 year survival rate. If you let it get to stage IV, it's less than 30% survival rate.

In my opinion, it's pretty stupid to not get an annual physical. And if something does turn up in your physical, your odds improve dramatically if you have access to world class specialists. There are also things where you need to get yourself to a competent emergency room quickly or you'll have huge problems. If you have a stoke, you need an IV with tPA to bust the clot in your brain. It's most effective done in an hour and pretty useless after 4 1/2 hours. Cured? Drooling vegetable? Take your pick.

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Old 03-04-2017, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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A ruptured appendix only has to happen once.

There are all kinds of cancers where if you catch them early, they're treatable. Lots of people with colon cancer live for many decades afterwards. If you get a PSA test every year, prostate cancer at stage 1 has pretty much a 100% 5 year survival rate. If you let it get to stage IV, it's less than 30% survival rate.

In my opinion, it's pretty stupid to not get an annual physical. And if something does turn up in your physical, your odds improve dramatically if you have access to world class specialists. There are also things where you need to get yourself to a competent emergency room quickly or you'll have huge problems. If you have a stoke, you need an IV with tPA to bust the clot in your brain. It's most effective done in an hour and pretty useless after 4 1/2 hours. Cured? Drooling vegetable? Take your pick.
Sounds like your idea of paradise is living five minutes from a world class hospital.
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Old 03-04-2017, 11:25 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Three miles out and you probably have emergency 911 coverage. It might be a county system...not city. If you are way out and off the grid you might have a problem. Keep your cell phone close.
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Old 03-05-2017, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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3 miles is maybe a minute drive? It'd be a no brainer for me. There are lots of considerations & although one of us is still working for real, we work from home & had to make similar decisions with 2 properties we owned, but both of those were more like 30 minutes from real life & one had no fire services, the other was still remote, but had a volunteer fire dept. I was talking to a guy in the less remote of the 2 properties (actually a bedroom community to Denver) & he said "if I have a heart attack, I'll probably die & that's fine with me", his thought process was that the beauty was worth the risk of lack of quick access to medical care. That is not at all my mindset & my tolerance is quite different, so that helped us figure out that it wasn't for us. But 3 miles? Piece of cake & as you get a lot older & even a 3m drive may be a challenge, I'll bet most of the places in town will deliver 3 miles. I'd go with the beautiful surroundings!
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Old 03-05-2017, 05:09 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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3 miles is maybe a minute drive? It'd be a no brainer for me. ... .!
180 mph ? sounds kinda fun if 50 yrs younger
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Old 03-05-2017, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I am basically asking for advice about selecting a retirement home. If the choice is between a secluded property with a nice view three miles outside of town, and a "so-so" home in town with no view, which would you suggest, and why?

(We are introverts to whom peace and quiet is VERY important, but we also want to be practical.)

You answered it. Peace and Quiet is very important to you and 3 miles from town is not very far at all. You can walk it if you need to.

My DH and I are 7 miles from our closest town and I love the serenity our pace has. Even if I we were right in town our doctors and dentists are not. There is local emergency care and doctors but for "good" doctors/hospitals we need to drive an hour or so…and I wouldn't want to live in that town
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Old 03-05-2017, 07:57 AM
 
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Sounds like your idea of paradise is living five minutes from a world class hospital.
I'm an hour from Mass General which is somewhere in the top-10 in the world on any list I've ever seen. My knee/shoulder guy is the Patriots team physician you see on TV when a player goes down with a blown out knee. An ambulance could get me to the ER at the local hospital 2.6 miles away in about 5 minutes. The fire department is 0.6 miles. An EMT would be walking in the door about 5 minutes after dialing 911. I'm hopefully not going to need that but it could save my life if I do in situations where I'd be dead or a vegetable if I lived in the boonies. I'm also walking distance from an every 30 minute bus route so I'm not stranded if I'm without a car for some reason. If necessary, I can get anything and everything delivered to my door. That's what living in high level of service coastal suburbia is all about.

My idea of paradise is being able to walk to the dinghy dock and take my inflatable dinghy to my boat floating on a mooring in the harbor.




Unlike a lot of people here, I don't hate people. I live in an affluent zip code so my neighbors aren't trailer trash. I live on a private lane with lots of green space around me so I'm secluded without needing to own a million dollars worth of land to get it.
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Old 03-05-2017, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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180 mph ? sounds kinda fun if 50 yrs younger
Oops, was s'posed to say 5 minute drive, but it won't let me change it. 180mph does sound fun though
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