The receptionist at my rheumatologist’s office just called to tell me that she made a mistake when she scheduled my appointment for Monday, June 14 with the nice Dr. since I am a patient of Dr. Blank. (DEEP BREATH…) She said it is their office policy to not allow patients to switch Dr.s. I said, “So even though it is my choice as a patient to chose my Dr., because of your office policy I can’t choose. ” I told her that when I saw the nice Dr. when he filled in for Dr. Blank, I told him that I wanted him to be my Dr. and he said it would be tricky (– not impossible). I am so upset about this. So, now I don’t have an appointment. When she asked me if I wanted an appointment with Dr. Blank the same day, I told her no. I also told her to tell them that I might be getting my records.
I hate conflict. I am not the type to get in someone’s face and argue or yell. I mean, don’t provoke me, but generally speaking, I try to avoid conflict. I feel stress as a result of this incident involving the Dr. world. Needless to say, I have already begun my search online for other rheumatologists as possibilities. But if I have to start from scratch with another rheumatologist, I will have to wait three or four times as long to get an appointment since I will be a new patient. But I might also find a great Dr. that values what I have been doing to support my immune system naturally and understands the importance of breastfeeding. Oh wait–I already did find that Dr. But I can’t get an appointment with him because of an office policy!