I went to a HORRENDOUS ‘doctor’ in my search for a new GP a couple of weeks ago. Then, I got a referral for another doctor (hence, ‘Twho’) and got to see her yesterday.
Yesterday, I was too verklept to talk about much other than the normally hour-and-a-quarter drive taking over two hours but most importantly that including a head-on collision 8 feet from me. This freaked me out so badly that I was still shaking 2.5 hours later. -prayed to Lord Xanax after getting to work and he intervened. Glory-be.
-are the new readers gone yet?
Today, I want to focus on how FANTASTIC the new doctor’s STAFF is. I came in (rang, they knew about 3 interstates being shut down, so obviously all other arteries were clogged and circulation was shite) and they were happily awaiting me. Really. Like hippity-happity to see me. How nice!
They were like glowing that I’d made it safely. They didn’t know about the head-on collision. I started telling them. Next thing you know, I’ve got other staffers rushing forward, not so much like to hear the gossip but to sort of coddle me.
And I needed coddling. I’m fairly well adjusted -har! but I have PTSD. Four decades into it, I have techniques and everything but if something very stressful happens, I go into anxiety mode. I mean more than my self-diagnosed ADHD. I’m not complaining, I’m saying that I probably looked crazy. Poor staff. -cos I was
They get me settled. This did not include cups of tea, blankets or restraints, it was a kindly circle of caring souls and next thing I know somebody says, ‘I need you to follow me.’
It’s not the usual, ‘Doctor can see you now.’ It was Different . And boy, was it ever.
My insurance –new insurance that took til MONDAY 24 MARCH to get my card that I’d paid for in mid-February — this is Coventry’s fault; I’d finally gotten to the bottom of that last week: it was a corrupt file, their automated systems went ‘huh?’ when my account was pulled up DECLINED this doctor because I didn’t have a GP to refer her.
THIS is the doctor who would be my GP if they’d let her! My old GP is not only retired but dead. She retired to DIE of cancer, OKAY? Baby Bejeebers is crying here. And in case you’re saying, ‘Well, you should’ve started earlier,’ I started looking as soon as we received notice in TWO THOUSAND AND THIRTEEN. I could find no GPs accepting new patients. For realz!
Of all the freaking effed-up scenarios, this is me? It’s better than being in a head-on collision, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been in one of those. Flew out the wind screen.
I had Help. Four staffers worked with me and in under two hours, we think that it’s sorted, so doctor saw me (way the heck passed my appointment time!). I say think because we never got written or verbal permission but it showed up on the website, so they took screen shots. Bloody insurance. And they said it’s not just my insurance company. It’s sort of all of them, they take turns being completely ridiculous and you can’t predict when or how. You see it for what it is when it comes and deal with it.
Of all the Companions, Bridget was the Best. I told her when I get married, I’m going to make her a bridesmaid, though we’d only met 2 hours earlier. She said as I was leaving, ‘Listen, if you get anything weird from them in the post, call me and we’ll schedule a meeting (this is not her job) to sort it.’
I’m SO staying with this doctor — for her STAFF! And the doctor seems fine, too. The only thing that weirded me out was she kept staring and staring at the monitor. I’m glad that she’s reading me files and everything but it seemed extra long? She started asking some questions that weren’t the usual things doctors ask. They were medical but like none had anything to do with me? Finally, she said, ‘You’ve seen Beck recently?’ -Dr. So and So
Ah, she’s reading that eedjits notes. ‘I see no reason for us to test you for anything but electrolytes, lipids and sugars, the common ‘yearly physical’ stuff. Can you think of any reason for all these other things?’
I nodded. ‘I read those 4 pages of lab requests and I have to admit that I don’t know what most of them are, having never seen them, but I will say the call for Celiac antibody serum I’m familiar with and since we’ve already covered that I’ve been gluten-free for well over 2 years–‘