Thursday, February 12, 2009

A letter to my doctor

Dearest Doctor,

I wanted to take the time out of my busy day to write you a letter. You see, I really need to thank you for the wonderful start to my day today! I sprang forth from my bed, chipper and alert, at 5:15 this morning. I smiled as I drove 45 minutes to the office & got excited (really!) as I was called in for my appointment right at 7AM. But it was really too, too generous of you to ask me to sit in there (naked from the waist down, mind you) with no magazines or television for forty minutes before you came in, entertained only by the sound of the ultrasound gel warmer clicking on and off (and on and off, and on and off) over and over again.

But you just didn't feel that was enough to express your appreciation for the tens of thousands of dollars I've spent at your office, did you? No...of course not. So when you sweetly asked where we were in our search for a donor, I told you we were still looking. To which you replied, "Oh, where are you on the waiting list?" Of course I told you that we're not on a waiting list, we're trying to procure our own donor. And you so nicely told me, "Oh, no! You don't want to do that! Definitely go anonymous! That's the only way to go!" Thanks for reminding me that you make a doctor's salary and, if you ever needed to, you could make a decision like that so easily, without having to think about financial constraints.

Finally, after the hour spent in your office (for a 5 minute ultrasound & 2 minute bloodwork), I am so glad that I got to spend 50 minutes (while rushing back to work) in the car reflecting on my wonderful experience at your office today. I am so happy that I only had 5 minutes to prep my classroom for our Valentine's Day party before the kids came in...I mean, who needs to be overly prepared for three-year-olds anyway?

Thank you again for everything today.



Ter said...

bleh, I don't like doctors.

And I probably wouldn't be able to have restrained myself from using a few curse words had I been the one writing that letter. ;)

Nichole said...

So Sorry Sweetie! Most Doctors have absolutely NO CLUE!


Erica @ life's not a paragraph said...

Must've been a bad day for OB's everywhere yesterday. I had a horrible appointment myself. I swear I'm the only one upset or concerned that I had a miscarriage. The doctors didn't even tell me what I should/should not do in the next few weeks. The little medical information I have, I've had to find myself. So frustrating.

Cathy N said...

(((hugs))) What is it with doctors? It seems like the more we are paying for the visit, the less "care" we get with our health care.

Tipp said...

Seriously, you were obviously one of his first patients, WHY SO LONG??

You are so strong. It would have taken all I could muster just to get up and go to THAT doctor that early. Honestly, I prob would have bailed.

Hafsa said...

Girl, I know the feeling. I liked the sarcastic tone in your letter, and don't we all wish that we could actually send letters like this?

I also wanted to tell you that I really appreciated the comment you left on my blog. I know you're here for me and it's nice that even if our beliefs aren't the same we do believe in the saving graces of Christ. Thank you.

P.S. how'd your v-day party go? Becasue in my job I (of course) get stuck trying to wrangle 14 preschoolers while having them hand out v-day cards and candy. It was a mess!

babymamawannabe said...

Ugh, I can relate to your pain. So far, in two months I've spent almost $5000 at my RE's office, and they have been rude and unresponsive. If I'd spent that kind of money anywhere else, they'd be treating me like a queen! You'd think, knowing how sensitive the whole issue is, they would hire very sensitive people to work at these offices. As far as the doctors are concerned, my beef is that he doesn't volunteer any information unless I ask for it. Um, why am I paying him the big bucks? So I can do all the research? I hope it's some consolation to you that we're all in this together. Hang in there!


Dr Smart said...

Ahh!! I can feel your pain and yes why am I paying him the big money? So I can do all the research? I hope it's a comfort to you that we are all in this together. And this is shocking for me to read what you wrote "naked from the waist down, mind you with no magazines or television for forty minutes before you came in, entertained only by the sound of the ultrasound gel warmer clicking on and off and on and off, and on and off. :("

Good Luck.