The Employment Doctor

26 Jan

Earlier this month I wrote about “Managing One’s Illness” [15]. I referred to the Employment Doctor as a key player, the man who decides whether you’re fit to work or not. I met the man last spring.

About a year ago I started claiming on my medical insurance policy. I suggested that you have to be on the ball, something that isn’t always easy. But you certainly can’t spring any surprises on an insurance company. They snail-mailed me a good old fashioned letter, no less – that by the anniversary of my claim, I have to submit all my claim forms again. Phew, no sweat for an old hand like myself. You just need the energy and patience. Not something that’s grown on me recently.

This morning I met the Employment Doctor again. Such a helpful young lady. Our early start to Jaffa was rewarded with traffic flowing freely. But I can’t explain why I felt so poorly. I was disconnected from my bi-weekly treatment yesterday which will take me uncomfortably to the weekend. But this morning? Could it psychosomatic?  We get there early, are seen early; the doctor even apologized for the unnecessary bureaucracy – the documentation of your updated case history, she explained, shouldn’t require you to come in – but that’s the way it is.

We walk out and I begin to feel better – so well that we stop in at a cousin in the trendiest part of Tel Aviv for breakfast. She asks how I am and in all honesty I can’t answer. A piece of paper tells you one thing and your body tells you something else. Confusing living with cancer – a complicated challenge. You just have to believe that good can come out of bad.

The illness keeps me moving forward. And I’m glad for that.


15 “Managing One’s illness” was posted on 1st January 2012

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2 Responses to “The Employment Doctor”

  1. angiemaus January 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Courage mon vieux xxxxx

  2. sara January 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    typical that you and Pam have the ability to make an irritating bureaucratic irritation in a nice outing for breakfast.
    can’t wait for us to meet for breakfast (with out the bureaucracy 🙂

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