Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fighting the system

What can i say today?
I am still here, and I think still pregnant.
I wouldn't know though, as I havent seen hide nor hair of a Dr in weeks. Meh. At this point I figure that if something is going to go wrong, at this stage there is nothing I can do about it. I wouldn't mind seeing a Dr though as I am in pain pretty much constantly at this point - I can't tell whether its my uterus or my stomach (I think it switches between both) but it's cramping like heck all day long, and it hurts.

But I've been putting off calling the hospital for my first OB appt, not sure why.

{EDIT} ok now I know why. Decided while writing about it that I may as well just do it. *sigh* enter my first of many fights with the public system. Just spent half an hour being transferred from one section to another to another, getting hung up on TWICE, calling multiple people, all to eventually be told "OK we have an appointment for you on July 28th"

*blink*

WTF? No, I will not wait 5 weeks for an appointment.

At that point she got shitty with me. So I said fine. Book the appointment. Now put me through to D***, your supervisor.
HA!
Then she was nice, wasn't she?
Team Leader comes on the line again "why do you think you need to see Dr P*** for your first appointment instead of the midwives? (which is standard here for the 1st appt)"
Me "I don't, all I'm saying is I am not waiting 5 weeks for an appointment. I have complicated pregnancies, multiple miscarriages and a full term stillbirth (which was not detected by anyone there...hence why the head of OB was my personal Dr last time, and hence why I want him again!)"

Eventually the end of the story is that she will have one of the miwives ring me and see if they can override it.

No wonder people pay thousands to go private.

6 comments:

  1. I feel your pain. I've been a public patient for all of my pregnancies and the system can be maddening. After my full term stillbirth, I fought like hell to make sure I got the care I deserved in my next pregnancy and for the most part, I did. Don't give up. Keep asking to speak to someone else, cry when necessary.
    Thinking of you.
    xo

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  2. I'm so glad you decided to call, and I hope you hear back from them soon with an appointment with the right person. It's horrible that in order to get good medical care a person has to pay so much money or make a lot of noise. You shouldn't have to deal with this on top of all the anxiety an infertile pregnancy brings.

    Good for you for fighting the system. Keep it up and make sure you get what you need out of them. I'll be thinking good, head-OB thoughs for you.

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  3. ugh. I'm sorry that it's like this ... and glad that you decided to call and to ream them out. Anxious for you, but also thinking good thoughts for you ... :(

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  4. Wow that's awful. Good for you for standing up for yourself and not waiting until the end of July for an appointment! I hope you feel better soon...

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  5. Yipes! I think it's awesome that you stood up for yourself! Better to be a "problem patient" and get the care you need. Good luck!

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  6. Aaauggh, the suspense! I hope you can get in quickly and will soon have great news to post.

    I, too, have procrastinated setting up appointments only to find there will be a long wait. It's an outrage! When I finally get around to calling I want to be seen NOW!!!

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