So yesterday I went to my doctor for my annual check up. I had an appointment at nine. When I arrived at 8:45, there were already five people there. I signed in and sat to wait... and wait... and wait. The doctor was MIA. finally at 9:30, I was shown to a waiting room. My weight and BP were taken. When I asked, the assistant said that the doctor would talk to me about it and left with my chart.
Again I sat and waited. Finally at 9:50, the doc breezes in. I coughed and he's ordering RX's for me. He listened to my lungs and looked in my mouth and was gone. Less than five minute. This is an annual check up? He tells the PA what he wants and leaves. Okay, I get that there are a lot of folks with this crap, but I wasn't there for that.
When I asked if I could get the blood test paperwork early, so that I could have the results done prior to, I was told the doctor needed to see my chart first, talk with me and decide which tests were necessary. He never looked at my chart. I know this because he walked from the outside directly to my room and the PA never let go of my chart for a minute. He said, "Get blood tests and come back, eh?"
At ten, I dropped off the prescriptions and came home. The doctor had given me an inhaler to help dry up my lungs. I used it and then called Sparky to blow off steam (what would I do without her?) She freaked when I told her what it was and made me swear I'd not use it again. Why? It's side effect include: coughing, a runny nose, headache, upper respiratory infection and thrush. It's for chronic COPD. I trust her more than my own mother and got rid of it. Strike one.
Fast forward to last night. I come home with a fistful of drugs. One is for my cholesterol, this one I know. One is a Z-pack and supposedly helpful, but then I have two mysteries. A clear gel pill that I'm supposed to take four times a day and a box of something. The instructions, "Use as directed by physician" aren't helpful when there were no directions - anywhere. Another call to Sparky. apparently it's something that is supposed to be taken in a very careful method. Again, she looked it up and said it was a steroid and was not even for my illness. Strike Two, Doc.
I wanted to see my chart... Apparently the doctor didn't care to see it, but I did. The PA wouldn't let me. Why is my own chart a secret from me? This is the guy who put me on high blood pressure medicine and nearly bottomed me out with it. I don't have high blood pressure according to Urgent Care and they immediately took me off the meds. The doc didn't seem to care one way or the other. I'm beginning to wonder about other stuff now, like why I never see the same office staff. Strike three.
I'm gonna be getting a new doctor. If you can't trust him/her, then what's the point? Not cool, doc. Just not cool
On the upside, the clear gel pills were for my cough and worked really well. I'm feeling much better after a good night's sleep.