How to Piss Off a Pregnant Woman in 19 Easy Steps

March 2, 2006

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People, I am at my wits end. While I work in the health care industry, I am still a health care consumer and have reasonable expectations about how I, as a patient, should be treated.

Well, that expectation has not been met. Again.

I had an amnio on Friday. With a raging head cold. My stomache was / is a mess and it was a shitty weekend.

On Monday, I had a follow up check up. As with every check up, I had to pee in a cup. No biggee. But, this time, Dr. Handsome tells me, “Oh, by the way, you may have a bladder infection.”

Huh?

I guess it was early and the symptoms hadn’t really kicked in. They did later that afternoon. So, I called his office the next morning and said not to wait for the lab results, I most definitely had a bladder infection, here is my pharmacy phone number and I’ll pick up whatever prescription you call in later today thankyouverymuch.

They called in Macrobid. Ok. I’ve never taken it before, so I ask the obvious question: Are there any strange side effects I need to worry about? Nooooo… it’s the safest antibiotic and he always prescribes this one.

Ok.

I go to pick up the meds and there are 4 different stickers on the bottle with side effect warnings. Great. Know what my favorite one is? “MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS AND DROWSINESS.”

What it should read is: MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS OR DROWSINESS AS IF YOU ARE ON SOME ACID TRIP AND YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO FUNCTION AS A HUMAN FOR AS LONG AS YOU ARE ON THIS MEDICINE.

Well, that isn’t going to work. I have work to do and a Swimmy to cart around and groceries to buy and, oh, shit to do, people! So, I call the nurse back. I tell leave a message (because G-d forbid you reach an actual person) telling her about the side effects and that I need to switch meds ASAP. I leave (pay attention) TWO phone numbers and say very explicitly to please CALL MY CELL PHONE IF YOU DON’T REACH ME AT HOME.

So, what do you think happens? I hear nothing but pick up a message on my home vmail that says, “This is Nurse Crappy McSuck, please call me back.”

WHAT?! HOW HARD IS THIS?! Here’s an idea: LISTEN to the messages. CALL the other numbers. STOP making this harder on everyone. Jesus!

I’ve spent the last 27 hours trying to make contact with someone with no luck. I’ve started and stopped an antibiotic. I had symptoms appear, disappear and re-appear. And I AM PISSED.

Dr. Handsome and I have had a nice working relationship up to this point. But I believe it is time he and I had a little sit down. Because this? is totally unacceptable. THIS? Will make me change doctors.

THIS? Is not what I need right now.

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2 Responses to “How to Piss Off a Pregnant Woman in 19 Easy Steps”

  1. Tina Says:

    I’m POd for you because I’ve been through the exact same idiotic game. I had a full physical with my GP the week before I got a bladder infection. I call his office and tell the nurse what’s going on (I’m a big girl, I know when I have a BI) and would she call in a script. No. The doctor has to see you. Great. When can I come in? Next week. WTF? Have you had a bladder infection I asked the nurse because they really hurt. You won’t call in a script and you can’t see me for a week? Even though you just saw me last week? Inhumane. I changed doctors that day. The medical system is so screwed up.

  2. Em Says:

    I work for an urgent care company in Florida … it’s new, it’s actually quite different and BETTER than any other urgent care facility structure around, and we make sure issues like this don’t happen. Maybe we’ll open a few in TX soon. :)