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So Frustrated!

March 18, 2008

Freaking Military Treatment Facilities!

Someone tell me why they can’t handle TWO issues in one appointment instead of making me make two separate appointments at two completely inconvenient times?

I’ve been having some major issues with my pain with my fibromyalgia the past few weeks.  As in serious pain in my hips mainly…but also in my fingers, wrists, back, neck and ankles. Pain that makes it practically impossible for me to sleep well–and sometimes impossible to even sleep with my husband (or have him touch me) because my nerves are so sensitive that even shifting hurts me. The man (the doctor who acts like he’s got better places to be than actually doing his job) gave me MAJOR issues on filling my previous prescriptions when we got here even though I brought my copy of my records from my doctor.  Apparently because I brought them they don’t qualify and so yada yada yada.  The man gave me thirty days worth of meds—that I have by some miracle (and lots of days with moderate pain) I have made to last these nine months.  Only taking them when I can’t possibly stand it anymore–because for some reason I can’t ever get a hold of someone in the records department to tell me if my records have been filed from my old doctor and the new doctor won’t do anything for me for more than thirty days until he has records DIRECTLY from the my old (and might I say—gloriously wonderful) doctor.  I don’t have any more medicine though.

I also need to see them about my cycles (which is related in a way because when the fibro gets bad the cycles get wonky) and my yearly physical (which includes the all wonderful pap crap) is due.

So I have been on the phone on hold for 45 minutes just to have some guy tell me that I need two separate appointments with the same doctor and that I have to wait a month for my yearly and Lord only knows how long to talk to them about my meds because for what they are scheduled–they are full.  BUT I can keep calling to check if someone has canceled an appointment (even though the whole reason I need to schedule an appointment is so that I can co-ordinate with my husband because we only have one car–a last minute appointment isn’t going to work cause how am I supposed to get there?) OR I can keep calling back so that when ever they get the next window open I can schedule an appointment-possibly three freakin months from today.

Yeah, people…this is what government sponsored health-care is and one reason why I am  so not for a NHS in this country.

I wish this place didn’t have an MTF so I could choose my doctor and make an appointment for when *I* wanted to go to the doctor–the same day if necessary.  I miss my Dr.Miles!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2008 4:51 pm

    Ugh! How utterly frustrating! I’ve been having a similar problem with trying to schedule some of my Dad’s post-hospitalization appointments. “But the doctor specifically told me that he wants to see him in one week!” And yet the office person says, “Sorry, we don’t have another appointment for the next three weeks …” The guy just had frickin’ emergent open heart surgery! Give me a break!!

    BTW, like the new colors!

  2. geohde permalink
    March 19, 2008 12:16 am

    There appears to be no comment box for your post below.

    My first pregnancy was anencephalic. I’m so sorry that your friend is in a lethal prognosis pregnancy situation.

    J

  3. March 19, 2008 8:29 am

    Doctors can certainly suck. I’m very sorry you’re dealing with this.

  4. March 19, 2008 12:03 pm

    Oy–that absolutely sucks!

  5. March 20, 2008 5:42 pm

    I didn’t know you had fibro! That blows. 😦 DH is Canadian, and it’s like that in some of the more rural areas of Canada and to some degree the cities too.

    Although i guess I’d take that over no healthcare like I’ve had a lot of my life. ugh.

    I’m sorry they’re being such jerks.

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