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    Time is important to all of us. Some people respect that, others don’t. I have had some major issues recently with doctors offices & long waits. It infuriates me. I feel like I am at the mercy of these doctors because I don’t have a medical degree and can’t perform my own physical, allergy tests, pap smears, etc.

    Today, the straw broke the camel’s back. I had an allergist appointment this morning. I arrived 10 minutes early and asked if Dr. F was running behind, as he typically does. Last time I was there I waited 30 minutes to get back to the exam room and 30 – 45 after that to see the Dr. Completely unacceptable. I was informed that I didn’t have an appointment today? WHAT? Yes, I did – their office called me to schedule the appointment. The receptionist went to get my chart and sure enough, I had an appointment. Well, duh?! I wouldn’t be wasting my time standing in your office if I wasn’t supposed to be there. I asked again if they were running behind and was told yes. I asked how long and she said she couldn’t tell me. Okay – can’t or won’t? I wanted to ask that, but I didn’t. I explained that I couldn’t sit there for as long as I did last time. She repeated that she couldn’t tell me. I asked to speak with the office manager and was told she would be out in a minute. When she came out she told me the same thing. I expressed my concerns and added that since I wasn’t even on the schedule, even though I had an appointment, that will most likely make my wait even longer. She continued to stick by her guns. I couldn’t even get out of her how many patients behind they were. I made a snap decision to leave the practice then & there. I fired my allergist. I asked for copies of my records and the kids and was on my way. The manager apologized and I told her that it was unfortunate that I had to leave, and I liked Dr. F, but this was not fair to me.

    I have a tendency to cry when I get mad and I hate that about myself! I was able to compose myself today, even though I was furious. I am so tired of being taken advantage of. I fired my primary care doctor last month and started seeing my sports medicine doctor for primary care now as well. I loved my PCP, but again, my time is valuable too.

    So, how am am cooling my mad self down? With one of these:

     

    *Photos courtesy of Breyers.

    Breyers newest gluten-free treats! They are amazing! I can’t decide which one I like more – the chocolate covered strawberry or the triple chocolate chip. Seriously, these bars are worthy of hiding from the kids. Simply put at the back of the freezer and don’t get caught eating them. Jon caught me on Sunday as I was eating the last one. He was all over me – where did I get it? Could he have one? Guess I better be prepared to share my next box. When it is not appropriate to have wine (breakfast time or for lunch), have one of these instead. It made me almost as happy. :)

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