Monday, December 29, 2008

'Tis the Season....


NOT to be unwell.


Just as poor Joseph heard that there was no room at the Inn for he and his very pregnant wife, don't expect a doctor in South Florida to have an opening to see you until the snowbirds all fly back north.


In this vacation paradise (and I use that word loosely) our population begins to explode as soon as the first frost settles on the northerners' pumpkins. Of course the population that can live in both worlds is made up of the aging baby boomers, who along with their age related ailments bring the dreaded snowbird flu. They come down to play golf, tennis, walk on the beach, play bridge and fill their specialists' appointment books for their host of chronic ailments.


What that means for a permanent resident like myself is that if you become unwell during the holidays with anything short of having to be rushed to the hospital while they prepare your toe tag, you will wait for the next available appointment. You might be resurrected around Easter.

8 comments:

LISA EMRICH said...

That's an interesting observation, one which I had never thought about.

Do you suppose that some of these snowbirds actually save up their doctor's visits until they move down south? What percentage of these folks never see their neurologist, rheumatologist, etc until they are in Florida for the winter?

I'd be curious to know.

Denver Refashionista said...

Hmmm... that certainly presents a conundrum.

BRAINCHEESE said...

Doctors? We don't need no stinkin' doctors...

Or was that badges? I forget...sigh.

Linda D. in Seattle

pUNKrOCKfairy said...

Yes, thanks to the snowbird migration, my family & I all HAVE their FLU dammit! Why must they bring their germs with them when they come? It's bad enough that they bring their bad driving and take all the doctor's appointments!

have myelin said...

I'm so lost. But then again that's not unusual...

Miss Chris said...

We have Snow Birds galore here in Phoenix too!

Merelyme said...

Never thought about this happening...well mainly cause I don't live in Florida. Poor Bubbie...when do you finally get to see the doctor?

Alan Winston said...

A snow bird asked me the other day if it was inhabitable in Sarasota when they left. My answer we all hide in the closet like manaquins and don't come alive to they come back and save us from economic ruin.
The truth is golf gets cheap, no lines in restaurants and people are just nicer and there are still people to play tennis with.

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