I'm about fed up with the Boston area doctors.
I called last week and made an appointment for APRIL 23 with the gastro doc, the day I see the neurologist (who never returns phone calls and I've called twice since Friday). The secretary and I bantered several times around for a while trying to fit me in so I wouldn't have to make a separate trip to Boston. After the Singulair nasal spray vs. tablet debacle, I was in no mood to go weeks without making some progress. The Singulair doesn't seem to do anything.
Since I was going to be in Boston April 16 and 23 for appointments, I wanted to get in either of those days. The only time slot she had available was 9:30, which I wasn't wild about since I'd have to get up at 4:30 am in order to get there in time. I took it anyway.
I got a letter today with my appointment scheduled for MAY 23. WTF?
I call, get a different secretary (the one I talked to last week is now on maternity leave), and she says 'You can't have an appointment April 23. The doctor is not here on Wednesdays." I tell her I certainly can't wait until the end of May to see him, and she says, "You've ALREADY seen him once."
Is that all you're ALLOWED?? GRRRR.
I tell her that his 'remedy' is not working and I have the pain back, and I don't want to sit around for 6 weeks waiting to talk to him. She starts getting this attitude that I just hate (the attitude that I work for HER and I'm inconveniencing her). She tells me she can ask the doctor if he'll come in JUST FOR ME on that day, and how it will take a while to get back to me....
and I decide while she's talking that this is not going to work for me any more than the neurologist who never calls me back and sets follow up appointments for 3 months down the road with no communication between us unless I throw a HISSY FIT, which I don't like to do unless necessary.
So I throw a Hissy Fit.
I say, "Listen. Here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to come in on April 23 and get all of my records. I have a flash drive there and I want a copy of Dr. Y's report of my first and only visit. I'll go see someone else."
She is still arguing saying that she can call me back in an hour......you're not willing to wait for an hour?.....and her tone is so nasty I have to tell her not to get nasty with me, and she says "I'm not getting nasty with you" and you can hear the ice cracking on the phone.
The attitude in Boston seems to be once they know you're not dying, they could really give a ****. There's a shortage of doctors in this state, according to a report in the newspaper, and that translates into poor quality of care.
I can't leave this state fast enough.