Tuesday, June 09, 2009
So, the EKG that my dr insisted was so important to perform before I went back to exercising this morning was cancelled and rescheduled for next week. I wish I could be surprised, but rescheduling appointments (usually after waiting a few weeks for one in the first place) is pretty commonplace here. And I've been thinking about if I really want to persue this problem with my current physicians.
The pros of staying with this group are:
-They took over from my old dr and have all my medical records and perscribe the migraine meds I want
-They are convenient to my home / I can walk to the office
-I know their phone number as well as my own and can recall it off the top of my head
Wow - What totally lame reasons to stay put! (Except the first one.)
The cons of staying are:
-Frequently changing / rescheduling appts
-One dr is obsessed with numbers from tests and doesn't really think things through well before perscribing medications (trying to give a combo medicine to lower cholesterol and blood pressure to someone with borderline low blood pressure is NOT good)
-This same dr doesn't feel it necessary to check basic things like blood pressure when you come in for a yearly physical (says it's always been low he isn't worried about it)
-The dr I want to see isn't seeing "new" patients even though he saw me numerous times at the last office, at the new one he will only see "his"
-The new guy I saw doesn't seem to understand english very well, asked me the same questions multiple times, and didn't seem to really hear me when I was giving him my symptoms.
-The new guy repeatedly tried to give me a referral and didn't seem to understand me when I repeatedly corrected him on which insurance I had and that I didn't need one.
I think my biggest fear is that if it's more than just a basic thyroid issue that I'm either going to end up misdiagnosed because of the language barrier.
Since I didn't have to come to work late due to the ekg this morning, I blew off getting the bloodwork done today too. I'm thinking maybe I should just look for a new dr and hold off and see what bloodwork he's going to want, and then everything can go to just one dr. Time to log into my health insurance and see who else is in my neighborhood!
Went online and found a new dr that's taking new patients. Even closer to home, and the receptionist assures me he speaks very good, clear english. We joked about it for a few minutes, but I realize that the language barrier really is a HUGE thing. My new appt is next Wednesday. I am cancelling all my other appts with the "old" doc. I'm also going to start exercising again. I don't like the way I feel when I don't. I'll take it easy, but I'm done being stagnant!