Doctor Frustration

July 20, 2011

4-6 months.  That is a long time and it is WAY  longer than I am willing to wait for some doctor to hand me a prescription for testosterone.  Today I spent some time contacting endocrinologists in the area, asking about appointment dates and doctor availabilities.  This is what I was told:

a) Yes, Dr. Popular is accepting new patients, but we probably won’t be able to get you in until October or November.  Okay, first of all, if you can’t get me in until 3 months down the road then in my professional opinion you are most certainly NOT accepting new patients right now.  Secondly, why the hell is Dr. Popular booked until November?  Everybody and their parents must be in need of an endocrinologist right now.  Booked, everyday, from 8am-5pm, until November.  I might suggest inviting another doctor to join your practice, Dr. Popular, you know, to help share the burden of giving hormone treatments to every single person in the entire state of NC, because according to your schedule, you must be treating all of them.  Seriously, I know someone who dislocated their shoulder, got scheduled for surgery, had the surgery, and nearly fully recovered in the time it would take for me to just get a consultation visit with an endocrinologist.  MED STUDENTS: I encourage you to look into the field of endocrinology.  Based on my research, you will be constantly busy and will therefore be a billionaire.

b) Oh, you’d like to schedule an appointment?  Actually, you need to have your referring physician (this being my therapist) call and schedule the appointment for you.  You can’t do it yourself.  As if having to go to therapy for months and getting diagnosed with a “psychological disorder” didn’t already make me feel incompetent and insane, NOW I can’t even book my own appointments?  Are you kidding me?  You actually need me to call my therapist and get her to schedule my appointment for me?  I feel like a child.  I was so taken aback by this question that I continued to offer alternatives until the person on the other end just cut me off.  I mean, I can schedule it and then have Dr. Parks call you?  Or how about I can get Dr. Parks to fax over my records and then I can call back and schedule it? Or how about—-Nope, nuh-uh, I’m sorry, but you can’t do it yourself.  I’m feeling incapable and insulted.  Also- how the hell am I supposed to schedule a time with Dr. Parks to call together?  I mean, she doesn’t know my availability for appointments, and I know she is super busy, and she’s having a baby in a few weeks!  This lady needs to rest, not stress about finding time to schedule appointments for me like she’s my mother.

Overall, I feel discouraged.  I guess I just don’t understand why this has to be so damn hard.  I’ve been waiting for a while to go on T and every single time I get close I feel like something pushes back my start date even farther.  Bahumbug, y’all.  I’m calling some different places tomorrow and let’s hope I have better luck.  If it really comes down to it, I will definitely travel for hormones.  If I can get a prescription in Charlotte in a month, but can’t get one in Chapel Hill until November then you bet your ass I’ll be driving to Charlotte.  I’ve been waiting too long and I’m getting antsy.

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