"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."

~Mohandas K Gandhi

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I have a lot of doctors...

...and I spend a lot of time with them.

I have a primary care physician (PCP), a pulmonologist (lungs/bronchiectasis), an allergist, a gynecologist, and an infectious disease specialist.  I think that's it, for the moment.

I spend the most time with the PCP, for obvious reasons.  He's the guy I go to for my many, many sinus infections each school year, as well as pink eye or whatever other crud my son brings home from daycare.  I see the pulmonologist and the infectious disease specialist four times a year, to check in, and if I get really sick, like with pneumonia or something, I'll see each of them then, too. 

The infectious disease specialist is the one who oversees my IVIG.  He's the guy who bullied my insurance company into finally agreeing to pay for it in the first place, after I suffered a major health crisis almost four years ago.  Each time I see him, he goes over how the IVIG is going for me, and writes an order for me to get bloodwork done and an order for three more months of IVIG.  The insurance company says I have to get bloodwork done this often- I think they're hoping to find that my levels have all gone up, and I am magically cured.  I wish.  Someone should tell them that genetic defects don't work that way. 

I only see the allergist and the gynecologist once a year, thankfully.  I spend entirely too much time waiting in doctors' waiting rooms.  One doctor, whom I no longer see, kept me waiting regularly an hour at least.  I got fed up one time, after being polite multiple times, and sent them a bill for my time.  I'm a sign language interpreter, so I submitted a bill for the rate I charge when I freelance.  They called me up and demanded to know, in a very snotty way, WTF was this.  I snapped, "I have made repeatedly complaints about how long I wait in your office, and I get yessed to death.  My time, as you can see by my bill, is just as valuable as Doctor A's."  I basically fired that office after that phone call, and wrote a letter to each doctor in the practice explaining why, I wanted them to forward all my records to Doctor H, new PCP.

If had to name just one thing that is the most annoying thing about doctors, it's the amount of time I spend in waiting rooms.  I consider anything up to 20 minutes or so reasonable; more than that, I become cranky.  More than that, I really wish they would tell me they are running behind, and give me the option to reschedule.

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