On my initial visit, they took Xrays of my foot. And this time I wasn't going to just hop onto a table and get local anesthetic. "Nowadays we do this procedure in surgery," she explained and outlined the blood work that would be necessary prior to general anesthesia. I quickly stated that I was quite sure that a "local" would be satisfactory--and that was that, except I had to fill out one more form.
The new millennium has brought us defensive medicine; which is also expensive medicine.
I arrived for the procedure and was told to disrobe, put on a gown, and climb on a gurney. Nurse One gave me instructions and took my vitals. After a while Nurse Two arrived to tell me, "It won't be much longer now."
She was wrong. Later I asked to call my wife so she could cancel a meeting I had scheduled. The procedure was taking longer than I had expected--and it hadn't even started yet.