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Doctor's-office phone calls. 
21st-Sep-2009 11:08 am
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"Hi, my daughter's a patient; we need X prescription."
"Still at Y pharmacy?"

"Hi, I need to make an appointment."
"Okay, we're booking in December."
"...okay, but I am in September, and it is sort of urgent."
"Is it an emergency?"
"We could do November."
*deep breath* "My skin is peeling off of me and it itches and it hurts, a lot. Pain. Suffering. Is there a cancellation list I can get on?"
"Well, if it's an emergency, we could do midOctober."

(Am I not understanding the word "urgent" properly? Or is it them? I'm not happy with this dermatologist anyway, as teh itchening has never shown much of an improvement. But I am desperate.)

"Hi, I need to make an appointment."
"Want to come in this week?"
"...yes. Yes, that would be excellent. Thank you."

I will not bore you with more, save that my rheumatologist can't see me til the last week of October (but as long as he'll call in my Celebrex refill, I'm fine with that), and my neurologist could see me either in ten minutes or early November - but that's just a checkup and I'm fine holding off on it, and they stressed that if I had any sort of pressing matter, I could call and they'd work me in. So okay.

I want a new dermatologist, though. Here's hoping that the allergist manages to fix that situation...

I hate telephones and I hate doctor's-office bureaucratic bullshit. So I get a cookie, dammit.
21st-Sep-2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Any time I have ever had to make a dermatologist appointment, I've had to wait months. It's awful. Only one time I've been seen like ASAP, and it was when I was pregnant. I've never had such an issue making an appointment with any other specialist, but dermatologists seem to be the worst of the bunch.
21st-Sep-2009 03:32 pm (UTC)

Love you. Hope things get better.
21st-Sep-2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
OMG, best macro ever.

I don't know if it made Shade's day, but it sure made mine.
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21st-Sep-2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
I have had really good luck with Dermatology Associates of Concord, who are actually located in Watertown across from Mt Auburn Cemetery. They booked my original appointment very close to when I called, they arranged for me to only see female practioners, and when I needed a follow-up they schedule a special 8 am appointment so I wouldn't be late for work.
21st-Sep-2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks - will see if they take my insurance! That's just one bus from me...
21st-Sep-2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Just searched the site, and they are on our insurance (note that they're technically in Cambridge, which is why I couldn't find them at first). That said, you should verify when making an appointment, of course.

Edited at 2009-09-21 04:50 pm (UTC)
21st-Sep-2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Hope you stop itching soon.
21st-Sep-2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Dermatologists don't really do emergencies. Much of their stuff is elective, and most of it won't significantly worsen by waiting a week or six (and some of it will go away on its own in that time!). It sucks for people who actually have skin emergencies, but there are some dermatologists out there who do do such things.
21st-Sep-2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Thou hast a lot of doctors, yo.
21st-Sep-2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes. An example of the prompt, responsive appointments that our private-payer health insurance guarantees!

Oh, wait...
21st-Sep-2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Balls on your dermatologist.

I'd recommend mine, but she's ... a bit out of your way. Good luck making the bullshit go away.
22nd-Sep-2009 12:19 am (UTC)
Good luck with sorting out the dermatologist.

Oatmeal baths meantime?
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