In her last letter to me, my doctor wrote that everything was "essentially" okay, and no need to call. I took her at her word, strangely phrased though it was.
When, mid-year, I had some ache -- I forget now what -- and emailed to ask if I should come in, she assured me that, no, no, I didn't need to see her. She was right, I didn't, and I had other things to do. The trouble, whatever it might have been, healed and was forgotten soon enough.
But early afternoon today, when checking the time for today's annual wellness exam, I realized that I'd jotted it down as 1:40 in my online calendar and 2 in my notebook. I logged into my account to double-check before heading out, then called the office directly when I saw no appointment noted. "The doctor's gone home, looks like she just canceled," the office manager said, sounding a little surprised to learn these facts after me.
Um, I'm getting a middle school feel. Is this ghosting? Is my doctor breaking up with me? Was the ACA repealed? Hello, Russia, can you hear me?