Have you ever wondered why you can never get a doctor’s appointment and always have to wait two or three weeks unless you can manage to convince the receptionist that you are virtually at deaths door and are far too weak to make it to Accident and Emergency at the hospital without danger of collapsing in the street.

I have managed to drag myself kicking and screaming into the 20th Century and for those reading this who might question; surely you mean the 21st Century, I say one step at a time, however I have become used to ordering my prescriptions from the doctors on line and barring the fact that it takes them a week to have them ready, picking them up directly from the surgery is very convenient.

The problem arose this week when I went to order my prescription and it said I need to have a review of my medication before I can order again, which required me to phone the surgery to try to arrange a phone consultation due to the current Covid restrictions.

Luck I thought was with me when the receptionist said there was no need for that and she would consult a doctor who would ok the request and reset my online account so I could continue to order online, all well and good except late the following day it had still not been done.

Tomorrow being Friday I thought I would have to try to sort it today as if it still isn’t done by Friday we then get to the weekend where nothing is done and before long I have run out of pills, I don’t know if it’s just me that feels as if modern life is like pushing water uphill?

I did have better luck today as the person I spoke to said they would put this prescription request through and arrange a review of my medication with a doctor over the phone for future requests which I hope will go through and I will not run out of pills next week.

Now, you may think I have gone on a little with this post and taken my time getting to the point, I would suggest you read the first sentence again which explains the point of this post, why do you always have to wait two or three weeks before you can get to see the doctor.

At last I have the answer, all the doctors are far too busy seeing patients or phoning them at present, requesting “are you feeling well and do you need to continue with your current medication?”

“Well, surprise surprise doctor, yes I do need to continue with my medication it makes me feel well and alleviates all the symptoms I have without the pills.”

One is forced to wonder why they waste their time asking, for surely if the medication had ceased to work and you were feeling unwell or had new symptoms or were in pain you would have phoned the surgery to get an appointment, assuming the doctor wasn’t wasting all the available appointments asking people who feel perfectly well if they still need their medication.

Modern life, I ask you!

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About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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