On Wednesday, January 18th, we drove 74 miles from San Antonio to Kerrville, TX, where we stayed at Buckhorn Lake Resort. Although we managed to fit in several other appointments during our stay, our primary reason for returning to Kerrville was to get Jan established with a new primary care physician (PCP). When we were in Kerrville last summer, she had learned that her PCP was leaving her practice. Jan had submitted the paperwork necessary to transfer to Phil’s PCP in November. Unfortunately, the office called to say that she needed to submit one more document, requesting the doctor to accept her as a patient. They wouldn’t email the form and it didn’t arrive in the mail for several weeks. Jan mailed in the form immediately upon receipt, but got a call in early January saying that Phil’s PCP had stopped accepting new patients two weeks earlier. This was very frustrating since, if they had emailed the form, Jan would likely have been accepted. The only one in the practice accepting new patients was a Nurse Practitioner. Even at that, Jan had to submit a new form to see if the Nurse Practitioner would accept her. She completed this form on our first day in Kerrville and was accepted a few days later. Since the only medical insurance option for Jan is an HMO, she needs a referral from the PCP before seeing any specialist. Since the new PCP was unlikely to give a referral to someone she had never met, it was essential that Jan schedule a physical ASAP. She was able to get an appointment on Friday morning, January 27th. This required extending our stay in Kerrville by two days. Oh the joys of healthcare in the 21st century!
The rest of our time in Kerrville was uneventful. The weather was not really conducive for outdoor activities, with daytime highs in the 50s and many nighttime lows below freezing. Phil played pickleball indoors at the Methodist Church most mornings. He also played outdoors twice at Buckhorn, but the cold and wind made the drive to the church worthwhile. Jan made several trips to the fitness center at Buckhorn.
We did make a trip to Fredericksburg to stock up on sauces and candied jalapeños at Russlin’ Rob’s. We also strolled along Main Street but were disappointed to see so many shops out of business.