Are you losing your patience?
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Are you losing your patience?

Are you losing your patience? Unfortunately I am. Sometimes, things seem to bother me more as I get older. This is frustrating because I assumed that I’d be more tolerant and wiser at this stage of the game. Do you feel this way?

I decided that a self-assessment is needed to help alleviate my angst. What is actually bothering me? What can I do about it? These are very important questions that we need to ask ourselves when we feel more agitated than usual.

At the moment, there are two things bothering me related to a health issue that I’m having. I’m disgusted with my health insurance carrier, including the pharmaceutical company that handles my prescriptions. I’ve been fighting with this company for years. I’ve been praying that they’d improve, but it hasn’t happened. I should have made a change years ago. I’ve reached my breaking point and will have a new insurance company soon.

The other thing bothering me is my health care provider. My doctor hasn’t been communicating with me in a reasonable amount of time. It’s impossible to speak directly to him. I understand that he has many patients, but I get annoyed when I feel as if I’m feeling between the cracks of the health care system.

Again, I reached my breaking point and threatened to leave this health care practice. When I finally talked to the doctor, I told him exactly how I felt. He apologized. I hate confrontation, but I felt this was something I had to do.  Being self-employed, I’m paying dearly for my own health insurance and don’t deserve this kind of treatment. I’m not sure if I’ll stay with this doctor.

I’ve learned that taking action is the antidote to my angst. My problems aren’t always immediately solved, but I take solace in the fact that I’m working towards some solutions. Doing nothing just makes me feel worse, and things will never get better if I don’t at least try.

Are you losing your patience? If so, what do you do about it? How do you handle potential conflict points? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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