I live in the foothills west of Denver where there is plenty of wildlife; elk, deer, mountain lions, foxes, skunks and the garden variety squirrel. I can tell fall is coming because the deer are eating everything, including the leaves off my choke cherry bushes. Not only have they made our front yard their bedding area, they’ve also taken over the small garden area next to the house that I’ve been nurturing all summer that has been returned to a bed of dirt where they sleep. Deer are beautiful animals and I enjoy watching them, however they and my attempts to garden are incompatible. Perhaps I just need to realize that it’s either time to give up or to find something they don’t like to eat and plant it. I liken my tale to having a compatible physician. I took a client to the doctor this week and the visit went well. They physician was personable, asked questions, showed caring and made wonderful recommendations. I can truly say that she and my client are compatible. My client doesn’t mind going to medical appointments anymore. Appointments were a battle with the previous physician and I can only guess that the previous physician did not enjoy seeing my client on his schedule. Sure, it’s difficult to admit that it’s time to change even if we’ve been trying something over and over again and it just doesn’t seem to be working. While persistence is admirable, if you have a physician that just doesn’t meet your needs or you don’t like personally, it’s time for a change especially since the time for open enrollment and changes is upon us. If you have a physician you like, share him or her with others.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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