2 years in a nutshell
My first instinct was to take tums. I think I took 6. Then I went online to do some research. I’ve had heartburn before, but it usually lasted only an hour. Drinking a cold glass of milk soothed only for 5 mintues. By now it was 3 am and I was completely exhausted. I fell asleep on my desk to be woken yet again but the severe pain or a hungry baby. This went on until the morning. I had another episode before I decided to go to the walk-in clinic 2 days later. (My own doctor would have me wait at the reception for 3 hours, then another hour in a “room” which has been typical for the past 15 years).
Turns out after having an ultrasound, I was diagnosed with “sludge”, a precursor to Gallstones. So I was recommended to see ANOTHER specialist whom I will call “Dr. X”.
My first appointment was scheduled to take place Sept 2007. A week before my appointment, I get a letter from Dr. X saying that my appointment has been moved to November. (ok. that’s fine.)
November comes. A week before my appointment, I get another letter from Dr. X that my appointment has been moved to December. (ok. this is dumb).
December comes. A week before my appointment, I get another letter from Dr. X saying that my appointment has been moved to March 2008. (ok. this is getting ridiculous).
I decided to call the walk-in clinic who had set this up for me and complain. So they scheduled me to see a NEW specialist whom I will call “Dr. Surgeon”. So, I thought that they would have cancelled Dr. X March appointment. But they never did.
So a week before my original appointment with Dr. X, I get a letter from their office again saying that my appointment has been moved to April. (ok. I lost it).
Mr. Hubsters, more livid then I was decided to give Dr. X a call. He said this was ridiculous. If they can’t take me, stop rescheduling and just recommend someone else. He had cancelled the appointment for me. (which is good anyways because Dr. Surgeon was already set up + I would have blown a gasket over the phone). So today, I saw Dr. Surgeon who advised that I should have my gall bladder completely removed. So technically, I could have gotten this information back in September. But I got it 7 months later.what did I decide? to be continued….