I have a pretty good doctor. I’m not overly fond of her, but she’s been pretty good for me. In fact, if I listened to her more, I’d be in a hell of a lot better shape than I am. I have several conditions that need attention, one in particular that is likely to cripple and eventually kill me. Every time I see her, she reminds me of just what I can look forward to if I don’t start treating myself better, and points out the damage it’s already wreaked — with my negligent help.
But one thing she’s pretty lousy at is time management. I am convinced that her office overbooks patients. I once had to wait 90 minutes for my appointment and that’s the lowest time. Last week, I had a 3:00 appointment. I called around noon, and was told I could safely show up at 4:00 without fear of missing things. By 6:00, I finally left and said I’d reschedule.
I have a followup this Thursday, at 9:00. I think I’m the 2nd or 3rd patient. At what point should I just leave again? And should I think about finding another doctor? As I said, she’s been pretty good to me, but having to take that much time away from work is just too damned expensive.