Wednesday, June 3

Got Patients?

Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve seen a doctor. Quite a long time for me in fact, but that’s by the by and has no real bearing on this post. This particular post is in fact about looking for a new doctor. 

I called the clinic here in town and asked about getting a new doc. I also asked who, if any, were taking on new patients. I was told 3 are currently taking on new patients, 2 of which are female, 1 a male. The receptionist then asked me if I preferred male or female, and I said female. So far so good, and perfectly normal. 

The receptionist then asked me if I had any patients. Hmmm, I’m thinkin’ I need a new doc, that would make me a patient, doctor’s have patients, patients don’t have patients. Instead of smartassing her about that though, I decided to ask what exactly she meant by my having patients. Her reply, “You need to have patients for this one doctor that’s available, but not so much for the other one.” No clarification on why I need patients yet, but I remained polite and asked why I would need patients in order to see the one doctor? Finally clarification, it seems that this particular doctor is very thorough and not prone to paying attention to the clock, therefore, I would need patience, not patients, pronunciation is so important :D. Well, that’s nothing new for me, I’m used to doctor’s thinking that a patients time is meaningless where as theirs is incredibly valuable. So, I made an appointment with her. Yep, I chose to take an appointment with a doctor who’s almost guaranteed to make me wait anywhere from half an hour to 2 hours after my actual allotted time scheduled. 

You may be right, I may be crazy
But it just may be a lunatic you're looking for
Turn out the light, don't try to save me
You may be wrong for all I know, but you may be right

Sorry, I got a little carried away! As I was saying, you may be right, I may be crazy, but damn-it, I want a doc who will be thorough and not rush me through an appointment with less than half the info needed to make an informed decision in regards to my health care. That to me is very important, granted, not wasting my time is as well, I just hope she is all she’s cracked up to be, but only time will tell!

And yes, I know you've all been sitting there and practicing the difference between the sounds of patients and patience!


  1. oh i was just complaining about this today myself. my family doc is hilarious. my mom writes lists of questions for my dad to ask when he goes in, cus you know he won't ask, and cus my mom is paranoid, and the doc sits there and writes smart ass answers back for her

  2. It appears that your family doc has patience Blunt, having read your blog, I do believe you do as well. Definitely a good thing to have! :)

  3. I hardly think it's crazy to want a doctor to spend more than five minutes with you when they're diagnosing something that could effect you immensely.
    I fired a neurologist a few months ago because they herded her patients through her office like cattle. She would come in to the exam room and check her clock and at exactly ten minutes, she would interupt you or stop herself mid-sentence and say "Well, we're obviously not going to cure everything today."
    All that was missing was her saying "Move along" while zapping me with a cattle prod!

  4. I'd fire a doc that did that as well Tracy! And thank you for saying I'm not entirely crazy :)

    I gave my oldest monster a link to this blog, now I just have to wait and see what she says about I did make a mistake though, I told her to take the link for Ask Tracy to find you, I suppose I had better let her know it's Dear Tracy. Granted, if she does indeed come here she'll read this and know that already wouldn't she? After all, she is 17 and more than capable of figuring these things out!

  5. Take a good book with you! LOL

  6. Yep Sue, a good book to read as well as a book of Sudoku's and Jigoku's! At least that will give me something to do :D


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