Fed up with doctors...
I see 3 doctors at the moment, all 3 generally treat me like I have a time limit on my visits. I have had one stop me in the middle of describing my symptoms and say "We need to move on, we are running out of time." He didn't say he didn't feel what I was describing was unrelated mind you... just that he didn't have time to hear about it.
I have a horrible time contacting another of my doctors, I can't call and speak with her. I have to call her assistant. Now thats not so unusual, except that her assistant doesn't take calls either! You have to leave a voicemail to get a callback from the assistant and that can take 24hrs! The message sternly warns you that only one call can be made a day and that calls must be made before 3pm... remember, this is just to speak to her helper. I just don't feel there is any interest in connecting the dots and finding out what is really wrong with me. She just seems to medicate away my symptoms. Can't any neurologist can do that?
Even the doctor I really like is usually so fast during visits I feel like I am speed dating.
This takes the cake however, My wife is having a baby and yesterday was the due date she was given originally so we called her doctor to see what we needed to do and schedule an appointment (he told us to call if she had not gone into labor yet) But the prick had left the country! Yes, thats right... just left without saying a word to us. My wife is not prone to be overly emotional and she is a level headed chick... but as you might imagine this upset her a great deal. That pisses me off to no end.
We made the decision to use him based on the recommendation of friends and information we had gathered in meeting with him and spending time with him over the last few months. We now know nothing about the doctor that will be in charge of the delivery.
He robbed us.
I have often defended the actions of doctors in this blog, but I don't feel so forgiving at the moment. This is how they see us folks... I know it is different for each doctor, but I honestly think that in order to be successful as a physician you need to be able to be "selectively" empathetic. I think it helps a great deal to be able to turn off your concern for others like a light switch. Watch them like a hawk, and feel free to use them like they use us.