Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I'm So Stupid

I thought I would go to the doctor.

Anyone who knows me knows that a statement such as the above means that I have been pretty damn sick.

I'm home for a session (church council) meeting tonight and an interview tomorrow so I thought, this being Day 21 of The Crud, I would make an appointment to have the doctor take a look at my clearly-full-of-something ears. I explained to the woman making the appointment that it would be a 2.5 hour drive for me and that I might well be late. No-o-o- problem she said.

Well, I was late, half an hour late. I decided not to call because the last time I went to the doctor, I had to wait nearly an hour in a waiting room crammed with other delayed patients. I didn't think my thirty minutes would amount to much.

The doctor had left. ALL the primary care docs had left by 2:15 in the afternoon!

Another antibitoic would probably help but is also probably unnecessary. I thought about going to urgent care and waiting around an hour or two. The hell with it. I went to the drugstore and bought decongestants.

I have two friends whose elderly parents have in the past week been literally, literally and physically, beaten up in the name of medical care and faced (in one case) and is facing (in the other) horrific departures from this life instead of the peaceful transition that might have been theirs had no one medically trained been around when they stopped breathing.

Can't get a five-minute look-see. Can't get an ethical and dignified approach to end-of-life care.

My city's economy is hugely dependent upon two major hospital systems. Go figure.

7 comments:

Jan said...

((GG)) I'm sorry. I hope you feel better soon.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Go to urgent care and wait. If you have an infection, you need an antibiotic. Don't wait for mastoiditis. Too painful.

Our medical system is falling apart. Along with other systems. But we still need to take care of ourselves (she said typing with two fingers on her right hand going numb)

Diane said...

I agree with Presbyterian Gal. If it's a bacterial infection.

and also what she says about the medical system.

Lisa :-] said...

I guess I don't have to tell you MY opinion about the whole medical system thing...

Kathryn said...

I really hope this nasty bug is gone from you soon. What a way to start seminary.

Good thing that I've sworn off doctors. Our health insurance for 2008 will be practically nonexistent - corporate America is so good to their employees.

Carol said...

I have so many mixed feelings about the state of healthcare in early 21st century America that it makes my head spin. Your experience, GG, makes it spin in frustration and anger. Don't tell me politics and healthcare aren't intertwined. UGH...
Feel better soon.

Virginia said...

I had a friend (from Mexico) who just asked me recently how the richest country in the world (us) could do such a poor job getting medical care to its people. He described how as a student in Mexico he had better medical care than I have now, as an employeed PhD scientist in the U.S.

Peace, Virginia