Ok, here's the thing. Being a Doctor's wife, I have a greater understanding of the medical system than most people.
But, I think some doctors have lost touch with reality.
Yesterday I contacted a spinal surgeon who was recommended to me by my back doctor. The receptionist did a phone interview with me, during which I told her that I can't sleep, I am in constant pain, and it feels like someone has set my right leg on fire.
Basically, I told her I was uncomfortable every second of every day. She seemed very nice and I told her anything she could do to speed up the process would be greatly appreciated.
She called me back at 10AM this morning, and I thought "Wow. Great. They really got back to me quickly."
She said that the doctor reviewed my chart and MRI report and wanted to see me at his next available appointment.
"Thank god. I can't take this anymore"
Then she said, with a completely straight voice "The next available appointment is July 20th."
No shit. That's what she said.
"Yeah, I can't wait that long. I'm in CONSTANT pain. I can't sleep. Besides the fact that I will be in North Carolina that day for my Dad's spinal fusion surgery (no kidding)."
"I'll talk to the doctor and get back to you."
How can any doctor in his right mind expect a patient who is in agony, to wait THREE WEEKS before they even see them? Besides the fact that, It's already been almost two months and my symptoms are getting WORSE. Besides the fact that, after I see him he'll probably send me for another MRI and more tests that we will have to wait for the results for before he even begins to schedule the surgery.
"Oh, it looks like we have an opening for surgery in the fall of 2006. Does that work for you?"
I DON"T GET IT.
Here's my advice, if you are a doctor and you deal with people who come to you in AGONY, leave a couple of fucking openings in your schedule!
What a fucking concept!
Also. I live two blocks away from the doctor's office. Doctor's get cancellations on an almost daily basis. Squeeze me in fuckers! It's not like I wouldn't be available on short notice. All I'm doing is sitting at home writhing in pain.
I'm a little frustrated. Can you tell?
Seriously, leave me a message! .