Sunday, April 17, 2011

Calling Dr. Welby

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Thursday I received a call from my doctor's office reminding me I have an appointment on Monday..tomorrow. She also wants me to come in 45min. early to fill out papers. My favorite line just popped out of my mouth..."Are you kidding me?"..of course that got a sigh from the receptionist. Let me back up and explain my attitude. Now, I know I work in the health care field..I know my hubby also works in the health care field. I understand paperwork. But I have reached my limit here. This is a new Doc. My old one jumped ship in December. I then was given a very short list of new ones to try. This is the 3rd Doc I'm now required to see because they just keep quitting. Is it me? Well, anyway. I applied to be a patient. Now this Doc is an employee of the same hospital where I'm also employed. But they still want to make sure two things are in place...ONE: Do you have insurance..TWO: That you aren't really sick and then they don't have to work to hard to take care of you. I guess I must have filled both requirements because I was "accepted"..Now the fun began. I sent in a novel of health questions to be filed. Then I had to go and sign in person papers that I'm not sure what they were saying. Then they lost the novel of questions and I had to refill them out and then they found them and I had to resign the other papers and some new ones too. Confused? Yah, me too. I spent over an hour in the office and then they sent me home with 6 pages of paperwork to fill out before the first appointment. Oh, and I never even saw the new Doc..that fun is coming. Then the call came on Thursday. Then my snotty voice emerged. More papers? More than the 6 pages I took home and already filled out? All I got was another sigh and her telling me that I would make the Doctor late if I didn't come early. So I will come early..leave work...bring my filled out papers...and then probably sit for 2hrs waiting. Then I get to be told that I'm over weight, should join weight watchers because this Doc is a former fatty and she loves this organization. I'm not against losing weight. I think it's great. I hope someday to achieve this goal. It's on my bucket list. For now I'll just go and see her because all I really want is 2 little scripts for the year. Nothing serious..nothing that should require a pardon from the Governor or a note from Mom. Now, I just have to adjust the snotty voice and remember my resolution for this year: "Just because you think it, doesn't mean you have to say it." Wish me luck.

13 comments:

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Omg you crack me up!!! Mainly because I have just been through all this crap with hubby and his ? DVT. I would have found it almost amusing had we not waited for two hours just to find they had botched the paperwork and still could not be scanned. Eejits! Lol.

Sue said...

Sheesh. What a pain!

If it WERE Dr. Welby, maybe it'd be worth all the effort!

=)

Desiree said...

This made for amusing/entertaining reading, but I reckon I would have reacted in the same way under the same set of circumstances :)

Kim said...

Oh, good luck. I have a problem with keeping my opinions to myself. I flipped out at the Emergency room on my last visit with mom. We up technology up the wassoo but her local hospital and doctor can't look up her medication history - from the visit 2 weeks before. Helloooooo.....

Bonnie said...

They always tell you to come 45 minutes early, and then the paperwork takes, like, 5 minutes.
Um, thanks.
Pain in the ass.

Good luck with everything! I hope it all goes well. :)

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Hope said...

I hear you! hang in there and 'I wish you the best of luck, yaya!'
take care

Stacy Crawford said...

Never a dull moment with you around. :) I hope your appointment went well. I hope you don't get diagnosed with carpel tunnel due to the mountains of paperwork.

Donna said...

haha! No wonder I like you so much...you make me laugh! Just listening to you tell it today was more than enought to give me a headache. You need Maggie's Ms. Pearl to help you out!!
Hope all went well, I'll be interested to hear!

karen said...

I've never heard of so much paperwork! I wouldn't be real nice about it either. I find the older I get the more impatient I get with nonsense. I'll probably need to adjust my attitude one of these days...

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

LOL I really think honey you should print this post out and hang it on her wall when your sitting there waiting for two hours.
Nothing worse than trying to sign up with new doctors. I feel your pain.
Just wanted to wish you a very Happy Easter.
Love ya
Maggie

Munir said...

You have a great sense of humor, but seriously it is not you. I mean doctors are really disgusted these days from being told by thier HMO authorities how to treat patients. You work for a specialist and he probably gets referals, therefore he may not have the rigmarole that GPs get. My sister became a doctor back in India to help sick people, got married and came here because of her hubby. Now she is working for some people who want her to rush rush, rush, so the more patients the better! When any young person says he or she wants to be a doctor, she simly asks "Why?"

Deb Shucka said...

This made me laugh, and maybe cry a little. The sad thing is that your experience is all too common, and seems to be getting more so. I can hardly wait to read what happens next.

Darlene said...

Oh my gosh, I should have read this post before the following one. I would understand about the paper work. Now I REALLY understand. How awful for you. I have gotten to the point that I make lists and copy them. The new doctors just get a copy of my lists. They mostly accept them, but some aren't too happy that I don't fill out their forms. If I do, most of the answers are "see attached" I honestly hate going to see any new doctors. Right now I flatly refuse to see any but my primary and my cardiologist.