Planning ahead

This Spec-Tran paratransit service has been a huge blessing after just a few days. I had a doctor’s appointment on Monday, which resulted in another appointment for today, and another one in a few weeks. Also, I have two doctor’s appointments next week. And none of this has required my husband to take time off of work. Hurray!

I’m learning quickly how it all works. All of the scheduling, confirming, and canceling of rides can be done online. Also, I’ve already emailed questions to customer service and was very pleased to have prompt responses.

Today I learned an important lesson: use the restroom before you are picked up. It’s not such an issue when they pick me up from my house, because so far I have been the only rider on those trips. It’s the rides going home that are more unpredictable. Especially if you are being picked up near the hospital, which is surrounded by medical offices. When the van arrives, it could be holding up to 4 more passengers, all of which may be getting dropped off at their homes before you. So you really have no idea how long you’ll be in the van once you’re picked up.

Today was a problem because my office visit/procedure required me to fill my bladder to the rim. And while I tried to empty it completely before my ride came to get me, I also made the poor choice of purchasing a large coffee at the cafeteria of the building I was in. I thought to myself as I was waiting for my ride, “Maybe I should go again, just to be on the safe side”. But then I was afraid I would miss my ride, so I ignored that wise thought. But then it turned out that my ride was running 15 minutes late. So by the time it came I was pretty ready to go, but thought I could hold it.

I was wrong. Very quickly, I began to be in some serious pain. After some bumps and turns and one more stop, we dropped off one woman at her house, and before the driver could close the door to the van, I looked at her with pleading eyes and whispered loudly, “I desperately need to use a restroom!” And she said, “No problem, we’re headed back to the hospital now”. Relieved (well, almost), I held it until the next stop. Which was not actually the hospital, but across the street, at the building I was just picked up from. Because she was dropping another woman off. I find this rather ridiculous, but I’m not complaining because I made it to the restroom without soiling myself, and I didn’t feel like I was inconveniencing anyone. Too much.

Altogether, the total travel time was around 45 minutes and only cost me $2.50. Not too shabby. Piper sure was happy to see me, as she also had a desperate need to relieve herself! 😉

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4 thoughts on “Planning ahead”

  1. So glad you were able to take care of business, whew!

    I’m curious — we have a transit system similar to yours in our town, called DART. How do you know what time to tell them to pick you up after a doctor appointment? I mean, I never have ANY idea how long I’ll be waiting to see the doctor, or how long the appointment will actually be. Or do you have to call them after the appointment is over, and then wait for them to come get you?

    1. You have to just guess and schedule the return trip for when you think you’ll be done. Then they say if you are going to run late, have the office call for you and let them know. I haven’t had this happen yet but everyone I’ve talked too and worked with seem very flexible and accommodating. Might be similar for you. You know, we are selling my car if you are interested 😉 and my sister lives down in your neck of the woods.

      1. That is so cool! Luckily we FINALLY figured out the issue with Hazel and she’s been running like a champ ever since, but thank you so much for thinking of me! 🙂

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