Let me start by saying I had my dreaded doctor’s appointment at the neurologist’s yesterday morning. I feel like I am just an after thought at this office since most people they see are dealing with things like MS, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy and so on. Not to mention that when you call in, the staff can be less then helpful (see 7-1/2 Minutes + a Verbal Shake Down & Take 2 and Call me in the Morning). So, as you can imagine, my tummy was knotted up by the time I parked by car at the hospital.
I made it into the doctor’s office and went to sign in. This is when the magic started happening. I was pulling out my check book for the co-pay and I learn that I do not have one. There is some kind of credit or something on my account. Well – that is $25 that will go to the pedicure I didn’t think I could afford. Then I went to sit and wait. I was called by the nurse before my butt had become to warm the pleather! As I walked toward her she said good morning and told by my dress was precious! Hold crap – this is awesome – I am getting some first class service today.
The nurse goes to weigh me (we won’t discuss those #s) and take my blood pressure. She says its perfect – 120/80! Well that is just amazing – not being treated as a second class citizen does wonders! Then it is time to go sit in the Dr’s office while he talks and takes his dictation for my case at the same time (while a bit a nerving, I always know he has his facts straight).
“You look tired, you aren’t sleeping well” yes this is true
“Your secondary pain is helped by Lyrica – but the primary pain is still there, yes?” yes, this is true too
“Well, lets put off surgery a few months and try pain management – I am recommending nerve blocks – is this ok with you?” YES! YES it is, I will try anything at this point! I just am so sick of the pain!
“We will make sure they sure they see you as soon as possible” Holy Crap – It’s a miracle!
So – I get sent out to the nurse’s station to get all my new appointments squared away. As I sit thinking to myself, one of the nurses is eating her breakfast… and it hits me – I left my breakfast at home. I must of muttered something and before I knew it a nurse was handing me a cup of fruit, cinnamon roll and mini chicken biscuits. She had me eat the fruit immediately and packed the rest for when I got to my office.
THEN they get my first pain management appointment for Monday morning. This morning! By this point I am looking for the “pods” because this may look like the same doctor and nurses – but these versions seemed to actually care. It was just amazing. I walked out into the parking deck with a spring in my step, an appointment card in one hand and a bag of breakfast goodies in another.
They are trying to get rid of my pain! It’s a Miracle! God does love me – and it is more than just giving us beer (which I can no longer drink).