Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thank You and Bye-Bye

So as I said I was sick this weekend and finally called the doctor around 7 p.m on Saturday. Well you know you have to go through the answering service first and they ask a million and one questions and one of them was the reason for the call and I told them I wanted to know what I could take for a head cold. She said okay I will have the doctor call you.

So we are now heading to W.algreens so I can pick up some meds and I'm holding the phone in my hand so that I don't miss the call. Some way from the time I step out the car with the phone in my hand till the time I reach W.algreens door it said I had a missed called. No idea how this happened as the phone never rung, but I don't put anything past AT.&T. Anywho, the doctor left a little smart voice mail saying. Well hello T@sh!da this is Dr. Brown calling you but since you're not answering your phone I guess that you can call me back later.

So I told Adr!@n that I missed his call and I doubt he is going to call back. I didn't feel like going through all the questions with the answering service again so I just said forget it. About 5 minutes later he calls back and I answer. I say hello, he says well I guess you finally decided to answer your phone today. So as I'm standing in W.algreen feeling horrible...I just take a deep breath and ignore his comment. Because I don't say anything he says hello T@sh!da this is Dr. Brown. I said hi, how are you. He said whats going on, I said I have a head cold and wanted to know what I could take. He said a head cold, I said yes, I have a headache, body aches, and my nose is completely stuffed. He says oh just take some T.ylenol Cold. I said okay any T.ylenol Cold and he says yes. I said okay thanks and hung up.

He could have very easily left a voicemail saying, sorry I missed you but I was told you were calling about a head cold, you can take T.ylenol Cold. Call me back in 'x' days if you're not feeling better. But no, he has to leave this little smart reply and call back with a smart attitude. After that call I was like I would think twice about calling about something even if I thought it was serious just because of how he was acting. So this was the icing on the cake to decide its time to move to another doctor.

So I decided after talking with DH last night he suggested that I go back to my Ob/GYN that I've been seeing since 2005. I like him and I like the office but I was just trying to find a doctor closer to home to make it easier for DH to go to appointments with me since he works near where we live and Dr. Graham is on the Northside so about a 45 minute - hour ride from the south side.

But DH said he felt where we were going was the ghetto and he would prefer going back to Dr. Graham. I said well I moved it down there so you could easily make the appointments and when I'm in the hospital giving birth you would be 20 minutes from the hospital instead of 45 minutes in case you wanted to go home while I was staying over night. He was like I would be staying over night with you and if you make your appts on Friday when I'm off I will be able to make it.

He was like well whats wrong with the hospital in our county and I told him they have only been delivering for 3 years and their labor and delivery is small with only 5 rooms or so. So thats why I chose the other hospital in the county near us which he is saying is the ghetto....its a very nice hospital with a Level III nursery. But at our last doctors appointment...we were surrounded by some um...'different' people in the waiting room....LOL...so I kind of see where he is coming from! One lady left her three bad kids while she was in the back for her appointment. So for the entire 45 minutes we were waiting everyone was looking at each other being so annoyed by what these bad kids was doing. Who leaves their kids like that...mind you...one was around 10 or so and acting like she was 2 going on 45 and she was supposed to be the keeper of the smaller two. She kept couting to 3 bossing around the younger ones....so annoying! But anywho....

So I was like okay, I'll check the hospital up there and see how I like it. I had my first lap surgery at this hospital back in 2005 and its a nice hospital. But I had never looked at the labor and delivery suites but they are really nice. I called the labor and delivery floor and asked how many people could be in the labor and delivery room and she said its up to the discretion of the patient and the nurse. THANK YOU! Because the hospital I had chose were saying 3 and only 3...like no exceptions. And I wanted, DH of course, my mom and his mom and Tracy the doula (I plan on having a natural birth and want a doula to help. Since I am considered high risk, midwives don't take high risk patients or they are not allowed to...hence the reason I have an Ob. So a doula will help me keep to my goals of having a natural birth when the doctors and nurses are running in recommending an epid.ural, or wanting to push me to a c-section because I'm not moving as quick as they would like.) and the other hospitals were like no only 3 people.

So this hospital is more laid back to letting people be there with you who you want there with you. So I call my old office because my biggest question has been how does the Ob side of things work. Dr. Graham has always done my papsmears and I've never seen another doctor but him. But wasn't sure how the maternity side of things work and I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be passed on an assembly line of whomever was on duty at the time.

So she said Dr. Graham will see me for all my appointments and he either induces his patients so that they deliver while he is on call or the on call doctor delivers you when you go in labor. Being induced is something that I do NOT want unless it is medically necessary so I will not just opt to get it done to have Dr. Graham be the one to deliver me. However, I will make it clear with Dr. Graham, that I would prefer him but if its not possible for him, I want it made clear to whomever may do it my wishes and desires. However, I do like that he sees me for all my appointments which was hard to find at offices around here. Most have like 3-9 doctors and you see all of them because any of them can deliver you.....I did not want that!

So thats that. I'm going to call Dr. Brown's office and have them transfer what records they have back to my old doc. I should have just stayed with him from the beginning...but anywho....as long as its worked out now.


Molly said...

Oh yeah goo d point about midwifes when i got my gest diabetes and start insulin i became a high risk too so i had to switch to OB. But they continued to support me (like a doula would) and came to my delivery (and took a role of doula) I hope that makes sense ! And then they came to my house every day to watch baby's jaundice and sent me back to the hospital wtih her ! If i had dr only i would have never known. Midwifes and doulas are awesome. Oh and if you have a birth plan make sure not to write down "absolutely no drugs or epid even if i scream for it", ive seen cases where people wrote it down and changed their mind adn htey wouldnt get it. I rather had I want to do without drugs but i am open to stuff if i find it necessary, that way you have the door little open

Michele said...

I love my midwife and was sad with our first pregnancy that I was too high risk for her. She recommended my OB and I love him. I cant imagine anyone else, even though she is still an awesome midwife and I highly recommend her. I'm glad that you have a doctor you like and trust.

And we drive 45m to a hospital even though there are 2 closer. But a high powered nursery and level iii nicu staff is extremely important.

RB said...

I'm glad that everything is working out in the end. I hope your head cold goes away soon!

Flower said...

OMG! You did say the Dr. right??? A Dr. acting like that on the phone...wow. I am glad you are going to go back to your old Dr. I hope you feel better soon.. At first, I thought you were saying good-bye...I was just about to go off on you...LOL

cady said...

one of the doctors who returned my two phone calls was like that. i was pretty upset. doctors should not treat patients like that.

cady said...

oh, and did i mention the dr at my re's office told me i wasn't allowed to call after hours again? i guess two calls when i was sick and needed to know what meds i could take is a bad thing. i had to call because the pharmacist told me to double check with them!