Because my doctor is trying to find the root of my health problem, she is sending me for a lot of testing and to see some specialists. The initial testing which included blood work and an MRI were amazingly quick. The specialists are another story.
I am still waiting on the neurologist but I was able to see a gastroenterologist yesterday. I have never seen this particular doctor before nor have I been to their offices which is why they asked me to show up 15 minutes early to complete the paperwork.
I happen to be a bit anal retentive, hehe, so I got there about 30 minutes early and that was a good thing because I had to fill out loads of paperwork, some with a pen and some, (the computer entry forms) with a number two pencil.
After filling out the books and sitting in the ‘concierge’ for what seemed like forever, I was escorted to another waiting room where I had to fill out additional forms which included, for the most part, the same questions as the previous forms.
I was finally escorted to the third waiting room and instructed to wait until my name was called. I sat down beside an older lady who insisted on telling me all about her diet and how healthy it was. She didn’t need to tell me, I could hear and smell it.
I was extremely grateful when the receptionist called my name and I was taken back to see the doctor. Only I didn’t get to see a doctor. I saw a Physician’s Assistant. Normally, I wouldn’t have cared except this lady was an idiot.
First, she asked me to tell her all of my symptoms and I patiently reminded her that they were right in front of her in the 100 pages of questions they had me fill out but she insisted. So, I went over everything once again. Without any exam, no blood work, x-rays or past history she insisted she already knew what was wrong with me and left the room.
She came back about 5 minutes later with a bag full of prescription medicine which she told me to take for the next four weeks and then come back to see her. I asked if the medicine had side effects and she told me ‘none that I needed to worry about’ and then she told me I could go.
It took another 25 minutes at the ‘patient release desk’ and then I was out of there.
When I got home I researched the drug and found out there are many side effects including some very serious long lasting ones but one of the main side effects is severe migraines. SEVERE MIGRAINES! Oh, and also, this drug doesn’t treat any of my symptoms, if anything, it would make them worse. Obviously this lady NEVER read my medical history and she wanted me to take this shit for four weeks!
Not only was that appointment the biggest waste of time ever, I’m still smelling the farts of the lady with the excellent diet!
WTF, it must be Wednesday and today I’m recovering from noxious fumes.
What’s the worst experience you’ve ever had in a doctors office?