Thursday, January 19, 2012

All in the name of health

Remember the blog project I did last year with three other women? Well, Froggie decided to resurrect it with me and we each got to invite another friend to join us. She invited a mutual friend (someone I met through her) and I invited a friend whose blog I really enjoy reading. So now it's Froggie, Mom of Many, Moma Rock and Merrylandgirl. Hope you enjoy the topics that we'll be exploring!

This week, Mom of Many picked the topic: Write about one of your biggest pet peeves.

Before reading ahead, first see what everyone else had to say on this topic:
Mom of Many
Moma Rock

I recently wrote about a few of my pet peeves in the first Know Me Better meme in which I participated. However, there are plenty more where those came from. I am known to complain about stuff that annoys me, even if it's completely trivial. One of the pet peeves I didn't mention before is ridiculously long waits at the doctor's office. I'm sorry, but if I've made an appointment, I expect the doctor to adhere to that appointment time, not make me wait another hour to be seen. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I'd take time off from my work schedule for my OB appointments. Some would be in the morning, in hopes of seeing the doctor right away. Other times, I'd fit it into my lunch schedule. It didn't matter though, the doctor would be sure to not only make me wait, but I'd also be alone in the exam room where nothing felt comfortable to sit on with my aching back. They had a little wooden chair from the 1800's or possibly a folding chair. Then the exam table wasn't all that comfortable either, even when I would lift the head part up so I could read while waiting. My daughter was able to position herself in such a way that it hurt to sit no matter what. Having uncomfortable sitting arrangements while waiting an hour for the doctor was not helpful either. Then, the doctor would come in, examine me for about two minutes and I'd be on my way. So most of the valuable time in my day where I needed to get stuff done was spent sitting in an exam room waiting for the doctor to show up. The worst was one time when they called me a few days before to move the appointment time up about half an hour. Then I arrived on time and still wasn't seen until well after the original appointment time. I don't get why they even bothered to change the time in the first place!

On my previous insurance plan, I had to get referrals for specialists. I'd just go in to the doctor my husband was seeing for general colds and stuff and be stuck waiting TWO hours in a crowded waiting room, just to get his signature on a piece of paper. I knew why I needed the referral already, so I don't see why I needed an exam in order to get the referral. It was just an annoying pain to deal with and I felt that this doctor had no respect for my time. I've switched doctors after my insurance plan expired.

My endocrinologist also made me wait when she knew that I had limited amounts of time. I didn't like her bedside manner or her ability to make me paranoid during my pregnancy, so I switched to a new one as well. Even if I have to wait with the new one, they're within walking distance of my office so it's not a huge amount of time away.

I will give our pediatrician's office props for being pretty good with keeping appointments. I've only had to wait in the exam room a few times, compared to how many times I've had to wait for my own appointments. The dentist's office is also good with sticking to appointment times. I wish they'd teach the other practices their tricks.

My main gripe is that I'm making a point to show up at the time of my appointment, lest I risk having it cancelled or being charged a cancellation fee. However, my time is not respected in the same way. I also feel like it's a huge tease to be led into an exam room and have to wait longer than I did in the actual waiting room. And don't even get me started on the ER. (Not like I made an appointment, but there was also the issue of being stuck waiting so long for a prescription that all the nearby pharmacies were closed and I couldn't even get it filled that night.)


meandmom said...

I definitely agree!

Sara said...

I agree as well! There was one occasion where my doc had me waiting for over an hour (he had to deliver a child before tending to me, lol). Totally understandable. But most of the time there was nothing occurring that would cause me to wait way over the appt. time, and then when you are seen, it's only for 5 minutes!