A Do Over

7 Dec

Let’s try this again, shall we?

This morning, I am going for labs and hopefully treatment if my white counts are high enough.  Fingers crossed and prayers said that they are.  I’m ready to get this show back on the road!  Who would have ever thought that I would be eager for chemo??

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I had an appointment with the urologist yesterday and I just have to vent for a minute because I know every single person reading this can relate to what I’m about to say.

There must be an unwritten law within the universe that patients should wait one hour (or more) after their scheduled appointment time before seeing the doctor.  My appointment time was 8:45 and I arrived a couple of minutes early.  After waiting 15 minutes in the waiting room, I was called to the back and taken to a patient room.  The nurse reviewed my meds and said the doctor would be in soon.  Tick.  Tock.  Tick.  Tock.  Almost ONE HOUR LATER, he comes into the room.  Sigh……….  :)

We talk for a few minutes and I learn that he is not going to do an ultrasound because the CT scan I had two weeks ago shows him what he needs to see.  Really??  Um, I thought that was the whole purpose of the visit.  Apparently there are some gaps in the communication chain between the oncologist’s office and the urologist’s office.  Sigh……….  :)

So, to sum up my morning, I spent two hours driving to to the doctor’s office (in the pouring rain), waiting to see the doc, and driving back to work for nothing.  Sigh………  :)

Remember that little lesson we learned yesterday thanks to our friend, C.S. Lewis?

I was sitting there in the patient room, killing time with my smartphone when I re-read those words and thought maybe this inconvenience IS my life, not just an unwelcome, unscheduled waste of time.


Maybe I should have appreciated the fact that I had one hour to catch up on some of the blogs I like to read, check email, etc. which I don’t often have time to do during a regular day.

And then my sweet friend, Amber, reinforced this thought when she replied to me:

I know it’s frustrating…but look around and see why you are put there at this moment???? God is working and can use you anywhere and anytime. Be still… and KNOW…. ♥

Sadly, I didn’t look for any opportunities to be used by God while I was at the doctor’s office yesterday because I was too annoyed at the time to see past my frustration.  BUT, I did refrain from giving them the evil eye when I checked out and they made me pay a $30 copay after wasting my time for no good reason!  Maybe that counts for something?  :)

Hope you all have a great day!  Let me know if you learn any valuable life lessons today.  Oh, and please say a prayer for my white cell counts – they could use your help this morning.

♥ Rachel


5 Responses to “A Do Over”

  1. The Savvy Sister December 7, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    This happens all the time…more so at a specialist. I worked as a nurse in doctor’s offices for over 15 years. If there was a delay it was policy to let patients know who were waiting that the doctor is running behind (there are legit reasons for this…one emergency or hospital admit from the office sets you back at least an hour)

    Someone should have at least told you that there was a delay….and offered you something to drink.

    It’s more likely the office staff, not the doc.
    I would absolutely mention it to the office manager.
    Sorry you had to go through that!

    • rachturner December 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

      I love the doc and he always spends plenty of time with me, answers all my questions, and takes my concerns seriously. I absolutely believe it is the office staff – they are less than stellar. And such a shame that it is that way and many offices. I certainly understand that more important matters come up have to be dealt with, especially when you are dealing with doctors – it just gets frustrating and sometimes you just have to vent. I feel better now that I did. :)

  2. Jim Fugate December 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Rachael: I have no health problems and yet, when I kept an appointment to see my doctor last year I had been waiting a few minutes and a nurse came out to announce he had been called to a local hospital in an emergency. So he was not seeing anyone–don’t know if that meant the rest of the day or just a few hours to give him time to get back to his office. I wondered in such situations if efforts to contact those who have appointments couldn’t be made to keep one–like me!–from traveling, looking for parking, etc.

    What was the result of your white blood count? I’m nosey!

    Prayers…Jim Fugate of West Virginia

    • rachturner December 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

      Hey Jim! Blood count was good and I was able to get treatment today. Yay!! I go back tomorrow for the 2nd dose of Treanda and then Friday for an injection of Neupogen.

      I do think there are ways the system could be improved for both the doctor and patient so less time is spent being wasted. I think they sometimes overbook in an effort to keep the doc from having any down time, but what about the rest of us who have to get off work to come to appointments and travel long distances? But maybe the doc is not fully aware of the delays and the extensive waits patients are enduring? Maybe they just go from patient to patient until they are done?

  3. Susan December 8, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    I can so relate! My oncologist is notorious for taking you in right away, then making you wait in the exam room for an hour at a time until he comes in. My mom always comes with me though and I must say, those times waiting with her are kind of fun. She likes going through the drawers and poke around at the medical equipment. Lots of comedy. They probably wonder why we’re roaring with laughter behind the door ;)

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