I am one of those people who never go to the doctor. I only go when something is really wrong. I don’t like putting those chemicals they call “medicine” in my body and only do so when it is absolutely necessary. Like a while back when I had a urinary tract infection(UTI). But my last several trips to the doctors office have left me extremely disappointed in the medical field.
It started with the UTI. I was pretty sure what was going on and needed testing to be sure and medication to clear it up. But I also had a list of a few things I wanted to discuss with the doctor that were possibly signs of another problem and maybe were all related to that one issue. I discussed the UTI issue with the doctor and tested positive, but when I brought up the subject of the other things on my list I was told, by the doctor, that he did not have time to discuss the other issues. His words were, “If I discuss everything on everyone’s list I would be here until 10:00pm every night”. I was shocked! I left and still haven’t discussed this with anyone in the medical field.
A few months later I had an issue (still ongoing) that I went to yet another doctor to have evaluated and blew me off, treating me as if I am an ignoramous wasting his time.
I don’t understand these doctors. And I don’t see them doing well in their profession. Seems to me they are just in it for the money and they don’t really care about the patients at all. They were both male and 30-ish in age. Do they see me as a hypochondriac? A 40 something female who has no idea what is going on with her body? Are they upset over this whole healthcare reform and taking it out on the patients? I know that I am older and somewhat over weight but do I not reserve the same respect as a younger, slimmer patient?
No, I won’t be returning to those doctors. I have been trying to find a good family doctor. Someone who will have permanent records to refer to in the future. And I’m not having much luck. I’ve heard about a couple of doctors close by, but they are booked so far in advance that it’s hard to get an appointment when you really have a problem. For instance, I needed to get the yearly physical that my insurance requires. I tried to get an appointment with one of those doctors and was told that the first available appointment was 6 months away. As hard as I try to keep up with my daily life I am just not that organized.
As many doctors as there are it is a sad thing that there are only a few that really care. And those few work themselves to death trying to keep up with the patients that need someone to really care and work hard to diagnose the symptoms the patients have taken the time to write down and bring with them on a crumpled piece of paper so they can give the doctor an accurate description and hopefully get a more precise diagnosis.
Anyone else feeling my pain?