It’s like a bad joke.
Ages and ages ago, I wrote about my OB/GYN office and their really annoying habit of cancelling appointments either the day of or the day before. Basically, they make office appointments even when they’re the on-call doc at the hospital. So I was always getting calls that my doctor was in a delivery. It happened for nearly 2/3 of my appointments when I was pregnant. Sometimes they could see me later the same day, sometimes it got pushed off as much as a week. That was plenty bothersome when I was still working and 30-odd weeks pregnant. Now, while I don’t have a typical 9-5 work day to deal with, I do have two 13-month-olds. Who take two naps, and who don’t like sitting still in a stroller for mommy’s doctor’s appointments.
When I went for my six-week checkup almost exactly one year ago, I went ahead and made my appointment for my annual exam. It felt so funny, knowing that I’d probably still be a SAHM, and not entirely knowing what that means. Well, here I am. The appointment is tomorrow. Though the time is technically in the acceptable window between AM and PM naps, I know that it’s a whole lot easier to just go by myself, so I had M ask his boss if he could work from home in the morning.
You obviously know where this is going. They called at about 2:00 this afternoon. Less than 24 hours before the appointment. My doctor will be in surgery tomorrow. They can reschedule me for October 28. Yeah. Six more weeks. Because they cancelled an appointment I made a year ago. Don’t most doctor’s offices have policies about 24 hours notice cancellation? Maybe they should pay my co-pay this time, since they didn’t honor that.
I am beyond frustrated. Not that I was so looking forward to a pelvic exam. Bleh, no one’s idea of a good time. But seriously. I arrange things so that I can honor the appointment I made. Why can’t they?
And yeah, I understand that obstetrics is an unpredictable thing. Sort of. But it’s not even like she got called away an hour before my appointment (or 10 minutes into it, as once happened to me post-miscarriage). She scheduled a surgery. What’s the first thing to go? Obviously, the routine annual exam on someone who isn’t pregnant. ARGH!!
Part of me is so mad, and I just want to find another practice. But part of me likes my doctor, and figures I only go about once a year, and am unlikely to be needing her actual obstetric services anytime in the near future, so maybe it’s no big deal. Except that, today, it is a big deal. It messes with my day, which messes with my kids, and my husband, and even by extension his coworkers. Yeah, I’m being a little overly dramatic. But come on. Don’t treat me like my time isn’t valuable and isn’t deserving of the same respect that I show your office.
Alright. I’m done. Rant over.