Thursday, January 10, 2008

Escapade at the doctor's office/A fun day off

This morning I had a 9:45 appointment at my doctor's for my annual physical. The office called yesterday and said to arrive by 9:30 (they didn't say why) so I obligingly arrived at 9:30 am. I filled out paperwork, peed in a cup, and paid my co-pay, and was ready by 9:45. Soon, the nurse called me in, took my blood pressure, height, weight, checked my vision and hearing. Handed me a gown to put on. So by this time it was around 10 am.

I started reading a magazine.... then read another... then was 10:30 am. Had they forgotten about me?

The back story to this fascinating tale of woe is that I had agreed to pick up a friend after her... ick... colonoscopy (yes, I'm approaching 50, too, so it's in my future as well). The pick up time was around 11:30, but they would call me on my cell phone.

You know where this is headed, right?

So I'm waiting in the doctor's office, it's now 10:40 am, and my cell phone rings. My friend will be ready to be picked up at 11 am.


So what did I do? I did what any self-respecting person would do in this situation. I got dressed, and left. Told them I had to leave, and that I'd waited too long, and that there was someplace else I had to be.

And I went and picked up my friend from her appointment.

So I'm pretty annoyed. I don't like the fact that I have to wait an hour, maybe more, at the doctor's office. Overall, my doctor gives me good care, and someone will usually see me the same day if I'm having a problem. But there is often quite a wait.

I probably shouldn't have planned on having the physical and picking up my friend in one morning. I should have known that the doctor's visit would run late.

But by rights, a 9:45 appointment should be done by 10:45, don't you think? 11 at the latest? Especially since I arrived early (on their request) and I was ready at 9:45. Shouldn't they give me the same courtesy?

It's been such a fun day already, and it's only 1:30 in the afternoon. I really really enjoy my days off.


Anonymous said...

No, you're right. You should call them back to reschedule and tell them that you want the first appointment in the morning. They owe it to you to move stuff around. Ask to talk to the practice manager if they give you a hassle.

nyjlm said...

I think you did the right thing too- and you know what? I would have wanted to do it, but not felt brave enough. Good for you.