I have a big doctor’s appointment next week. It’s with my cardiologist, whom I’ve seen since age 15 for a pesky heart condition (Supraventricular Tachycardia, SVT, for those of you keeping score at home). He is a high ranking guy – chair of this and that, renowned speaker at conferences, affiliated with many pivotal trials. And on Monday afternoon, I will have his last appointment before he retires after more than three decades of practice.

How weird is that? I am kind of wondering whether he’ll do or say anything different. Part of me hopes he’ll let his hair down and tell me every secret in medicine that I’ve been dying to know. So to speak. Another part of me wishes he’d stay on a lot longer and remain my trustworthy doctor.

So after I get the dish on healthcare and where we go from here, I am left with the annoying task of finding a new doctor. Clearly a major concern of my mother, who has asked me multiple times if I have someone new lined up. Which I don’t. For me it’s a function of finding someone who is as knowledgeable, friendly, and has as much experience possible treating my condition. In other words, I need to find a doctor on Craigslist. Just kidding. But it will take a lot of work and something I need to apply myself doing.