How do I handle this?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by flutterbee, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    Ok. So I *still* don't have an appointment with a neurologist or a rheumatologist. I took my daughter in yesterday for an ear infection and asked the receptionist how that process was going. She dug through a pile of papers and found mine near the bottom. She said she has a call into a neurologist, but hasn't heard back yet and that she hasn't called the Arthritis Center (I guess where they're going to be sending me?), but she could do that. And she said that in a way like she was doing me a big favor.

    I really, really like this new doctor. She is the first one that is looking this as a whole body thing, rather than just looking at each symptom individually. However, I really need to get something going. My life is basically on hold until I can get into the right specialists.

    I'm afraid if I make a stink that my doctor won't want to see me anymore and I don't want to start all over. But, at the same time we need to get something going. It will take a couple of months to get into these people AFTER they call to schedule.

    How do I address this without offending anyone or putting anyone on the defensive?

    It doesn't help that I'm having just a completely overwhelming day with pain. I've been on the verge of tears all damn day.
  2. nvts

    nvts Active Member

    Flies with honey my friend! Does she look like a Dunkin Donuts type or Starbucks!

    Seriously, I'd just ask the doctor if she could put you on the top of the referrals list because you're afraid that if you move while waiting for the appointment, and the specialist calls you at your soon-to-be old number, there could be missed appointments and you're in too much pain to add time to said appts. Be complementary and sincere when you talk to her, praise the efficiency of the girl at the desk who wanted to help you.

    When you praise their staff you're usually in like flynn!

    Hoping the pain lightens up today!

  3. Star*

    Star* call 911

    In Like Flynn is right!

    Wyntersgrace - have you ever been tested for Cushings? Just curious.

    Sorry you are still hurting - Hugs
  4. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    ((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))) for your pain. I am so sorry that you are hurting, sweetie.

    DEFINITELY have to play the game. Eat a little crow and bark at the moon. Bring in some holiday goodies and butter them up.

    I hope this goes smooth as silk.
  5. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful


    Kill 'em with kindness, dear. Works like a charm.

    Office staff are often overworked. They appreciate and remember kind thoughtful patients. :smile:

    I'm sorry you're hurting so much.

  6. Star*

    Star* call 911

    I bark at the moon - naked, with chicken livers taped to my elbows. Ask Sue -

    It does NOT cure your difficult child, but it WILL keep your neighbors from sending their kids over with every overpriced chocolate bar and wrapping paper brochure.

    (author notes no one really saw her)

  7. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Oh, so sorry Heather.
    I agree with-the Starbucks or chocolate idea.
    I hope you feel better today.
  8. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    I personally would do what the others said, but I also would contact your dr directly. Tell her you are in so much pain, that you may need some sort of medication to help with it (just as a way to let her know how serious this is). Usually when you ask for pain medications, they have to stop and think if the pain warrants a medication - and when they do that - hopefully the dr will realize the urgency of the matter and direct the staff to make things happen. I think communicating directly with the dr about the intensity of your symptoms is the best way to motivate her, to then, in turn, motivate her staff to get you into to see a specialist.

    Good luck!!!! And I hope you are feeling better soon.
    Sending major positive, healing thoughts your way!!!!!