I so hate going to see a new doctor... As most of you know, I just released from the military in November. So I just had my first appt with my new pcp on Friday, for my annual "female" check-up (nice way to meet her, lol). She's my mom's doctor, so she knows that I have multiple issues, and we discussed them quickly during the appointment. Anyways, at the end, she says "okay, see you in a year's time!" My jaw nearly hit the floor! I said, well, I'll be seeing you before that, as my med refills will need to be renewed next month! She thought that because I went to a pain clinic he did my meds, so I explained to her that he didn't want to, that he had asked if my previous pcp was okay with prescribing, he'd rather keep it that way, then he didn't have to get into doing the contract and urine testing. She says "well, what if I do that???" I told her I didn't care one way or another, it doesn't bother me in the least, he didn't want to, as it's extra work for him and his staff! So she said she didn't care, she would do it. So, she gave me refills for the next year, and again, says see you next year, but not only that, said, and hopefully as you finish up with your physio, you won't have to be on these meds for much longer. OMG. I guess she didn't even read her notes from the appt I had with her nurse practitioner last month, where all the info of my when my injuries happened, what injuries I have, what surgeries I've had, how long I've had them, what conservative care I've been through already through the years, etc etc etc... I tried to tell her, and she cut me off and just said yes, well, it all stems from your neck, so as your neck gets better, the rest will disappear. OMG AGAIN!!! I was livid.
Anyways, I was so flustered, I forgot that I had to ask her for a referral to a civilian psychiatrist as well (for my ptsd and anxiety). I remembered as soon as I walked out the office door, but when I walked back in, she already had someone else in, so they made me another appt for today. I also had a physio appt right before today, both offices are in the same building. My pt had told me that she had just done a letter to the VA outlining the program she's doing with me, what my issues were, that it's a chronic condition. I thought, awesome! and asked if I could have a copy to take to my doc. So, she fired a copy off to my doc, and when I got there, told the doc. Also that I had been seeing my pt on and off since 2009, so she knows me and my circumstances very well. That kind of opened her eyes a little I think.
So we get on the topic about the psych. First, she even questions me as to what kind of professional it is, didn't believe me when I said it was an actual psychiatrist. I tell her that the office is expecting the referral, and she makes a comment how it will take about 6 months to get an appointment. I said, no, they're expecting it, the doc already has my name. She waves her hand and makes some off hand comment. So, when I got a phone call 2 hours later from the psych's assistant to book my appointment for Feb 2, I sooo wanted to call her back to let her know how wrong she was, again. And all this to find out that she herself was in the military at one time too! So much for looking out for each other.
I'm just not getting warm fuzzies from this chick. My mom loves her, but I just don't think she has the capability or wants to take the time that I need her to. I mean, as a primary care provider, aren't they supposed to take an active part in our health care? I'm now stuck with her, as we're bound to a doctor for a certain amount of time once we've signed on with one, I think 6 months or something. So I have to give her a chance, but if she doesn't live up, I'm going to ask her for a referral to someone who is actually going to care and be active and possibly at least a little proactive in my care. I have a good understanding of what my issues are, but there is a lot I still don't know, as there are still things that the military left undiagnosed or that are ongoing, and she's made me feel like I shouldn't be going in to see her. I don't know what to do.
APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own