Omg. Talk about lunacy. I'm just sooo flabbergasted, I can't even tell you. Even my high school sorority would never consider black balling me. Thus... you can imagine how, at the age of 68, I must have felt to find out I was black listed from... get this... MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE. Man. They were fucking NUTS. Well, not the doctor per se. But his receptionist, for SURE. She's a bitch from way back but regardless, I will almost put money on the fact she was the one to throw me under the bus.
It kinda began when 3 weeks ago, on a Sunday when I was in major pain. It had started with a mild ache in my tooth for about a week, but I figured I'd see how it played out. Until Sunday that is, when the pain crept up to my sinus' and along my cheekbone and basically was heading to envelop my entire freakin' body . THEN all of a sudden I was in full blown trouble and I totally couldn't tolerate it any longer. Which is when I got up from family room chair and said: THAT'S IT. I'M HEADED OUT TO URGENT CARE which of course was care I urgently needed but fast. So boom. Off I went.
Luckily, I was taken right away and bingo. The doctor there examined my nostrils and ears and told me I had a sinus infection, etc., handed me a prescription for Amoxicillin and told me it wouldn't relieve the pain immediately, but after about the third day, I would feel way better. Except I sort of didn't. The nasal and cheek bit felt better but the tooth pain was riDICulously crazy. So I got to thinking... maybe the infection is from my tooth, not necessarily my sinus'.
Which meant NOW I had to have my dentist check it out, damnit. So, once again I headed out to see WTF was happening. After x-rays, etc. he told me nothing really showed up but this WAS the tooth on which he did a deep filling two years ago and if it we give it another few days we can then decide whether or not I may need a root canal procedure on the nerve. ROOT CANAL???? Fuck no I don't want a root canal!! At which point two things occured: 1.) I immediately began willing my tooth to start getting better NOW and 2.) he told me to let my ENT doctor take a look at what's doing. That's when the black listing bullshit began.
The dental office would call my ENT office and boom. I'd have an appointment. Uh... it took days for that to go down btw. FINALLY about a week later, I get a call from my dentist telling me I needed to call and talk to an assistant who would set me up. Except.... when I called the ENT office lo and behold I'm told:
UH SORRY. YOUR FILE SAYS THIS OFFICE WILL NO LONG SEE YOU.
WHAT???????? What do you MEAN you won't see me? Are you kidding me??? Well, the assistant didn't really know why I was kicked out of the office, but she would check and call me back.
Oh, she called me back alright. In fact she called my kid back given he decided he needed to see what the hell was going on. In the meantime, the lady tells him that apparently I had refused to fill out some mandatory forms the last time I was there thus whammo. My chart said I could no longer be seen. But... she'd look further into it.
WTF?? I had NO clue what the lady was talking about nor did I have any memory of this sort of event. What I DO remember however was that I had a perfectly fine visit with the doctor and had left his exam feeling pretty good about my diagnosis. So what the hell the forms bit was all about I couldn't even tell you. In the meantime... when the lady called back, this time I took the call, naturally telling her this is totally crazy ass, reminding her I had no clue whatsoever this paperwork deal was an issue and I was shocked given I've been to plenty of medical offices and NEVER have had problems with their procedures.
So back and forth this went for a couple of days... basically the receptionist' word against mine, I guess... and eventually I am glad to say: I WAS ABLE TO BECOME UN-BLACK LISTED. Eureka. I was able to see the doctor again. Which is good news/bad news given he not only saw me but also ordered a CT Scan for my nasal passages. Don't ask. I'm not thrilled but we do have to see what the hell is going on.
I do have to say I was pretty stunned at this entire episode for although I have no recollection of any problems filling out medical forms... it's not TOTALLY outside the realm of possibility. I mean seriously... if some idiot receptionist is going to give me a hard time, then yeah. I MIGHT have to set her straight although once again, I don't even remember this happening. I do remember hating the receptionist from the get go, however. Funny how I remember clearly whatever SHE has done yet nothing about what I may have done. So typical of me, right?? Anyway... the doctor is fantastic and his receptionist can go to hell. I mean really... WHO GETS KICKED OUT OF A MEDICAL PRACTICE?
Uh... apparently me.
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