OK, here it goes.
I told you about the problem I'm having with my left heel and ankle. So I finally got up the gumption ( due to the pain getting worse) to call my foot Dr and make an appointment.
I was asking if he still did the x-ray and stuff in his office like he use to..well NO, not any more, so I would also have to go to another place ..not hospital.. and get the x-rays done.
I guess I should insert here that I am barely walking room to room now, let alone to several different places. I also don't have a car..so it's by taxi..which is a HUGE pain in the arse around here.This also means extra walking..which I don't need right now!
Oh, well you do what you have to right! I was just about ready to hang up ( because I have to check with PCP to get a referral). I asked, just like as a second thought...you still take my insurance right??? Imagine my surprise when she said NO! and didn't know of any other Dr. around there that does!!!!!!!!! With my disability insurance, you have to go to certain drs, that take it and a LOT don't.!
So it was off to the computer, looking up Podiatrists in the area...calling them to see if they take it!!! She was right!! A whole bunch DON"T!!!!!!
Well, I finally found one!! YEA!! Problem solved!! WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!
The usual procedure was to find the Dr. I needed, set up an appointment, call in to my PCP with the details of the time, dr, etc. and they fax the referral to them.
Well guess what, things have changed there too.....I called the Dr. for the referral papers and they informed me that NOW I have to come in to see the Dr. and she will decide if I need a foot dr or not!!
What part of "It hurts to walk, and I don't have a car and a taxi is a pain in the butt" that they don't understand?? So now I have to make more trips than needed..to see if she will ALLOW me to go to the dr. or will she just say she will take care of it herself and ship me up to the hospital or to this other clinic to get the x-rays done there. MORE TRIPS, MORE Walking, more climbing of stairs, etc.Then back to her for more pain, etc. The foot dr. I found does it all in his office!!!
There was a reason I was putting off going to the Dr. I sensed that there was going to be trouble..so I kept putting it off!!!. People are learning to accept that when I get that feeling, I need to listen to it!
I know I have to go..the pain is getting worse, but this is a bunch of crap to have to go through.Who knows how many unnecessary trips I'm going to have to make.
When I finally get things going, I'll let you all know what happened.