OK I HATE being on phone, i really dislike setting appts etc. I was wondering if it is everyone everywhere? I mean um...when I call to set an appointment, I ALWAYS get voicemail, and have to leave a message in order to get a call back in order to set an appointment. Seems no matter where I call, why I am calling- I ALWAYS have to leave a message and then wait for a call back. ANd then, most of the time, the callback comes MUCH later- long after I am sitting with calender and insurance card or whatever in hand. Very often it comes when I am in the car or something, or elbows deep in cooking something very messy, or in loud laundry room....ya know? I really find it quite frustrating, so tend to stockpile a bunch of phone calls so I am makeing a bunch at one sitting- sometimes holding off on more urgent things, simply becuz I cannot bear to deal with the leaving messsages etc. Nd then when the return calls DO come in, they can be equally as anoyng, becuz even places that ASK for detailed messages to be left, seems when they call back they do nt have any of the info I left for them. Or they did not get the message to the correct person who CAN help me, and they all me and say (or leave a message) simply that they returned my call. And YIKES I cannot believe how FAST people speak on voicemail- they rush thru their name, rush thru any number they MIGHT leave (and often no extension, that happens a LOT when school calls- so when I try to call back, noone is sure just WHO called me) I mean even if I could keep up with how fast they talk when leaving the number or name, they garble it in a slur or drop off or cut off letters or numbers.... There have actually been a few times where I have been out and about and in an area of somewhere where I am supposed to be calling, and instead go in in person to try to set an appointment, simply becuz it can be so hard by phone. BUT sometimes THAT backfires becuz sometimes places just are not set up or able to do so for "walk ins" even if all I want to do is set an appointment. Does anyone else get frustrated by this? Does this happen to anyone else? Then today I had one call to make where while I do not leave in say Texas or south CA but, the recording for the docs office I reached was ALL in spanish. I do not speak spanish. I listened and heard a beep and assumed that was when I could leave a message, but I was not sure, becuz I did not hear anything about getting the recording in English. Gosh it sure is easy for someone to say "call and make an appointment" but gosh, my experience of late is that it is NOT easy AT ALL. SOmetimes I think I might rather have a root canal than have to make phone calls, except to GET a root canal, I would first have to call and make an appointment!!!!! ACK!