Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 11/27/2007 7:55:06 AM (GMT-7)
I had the same problem with my gastro about a month ago in the midst of a flare up. His nurse was so kind - she said 'all you patients with chronic illnesses want to wait until you're having a flare up and then see the gastro, when you should just be coming every 6 months'.....I wish I had thought fast enough to say 'oh - great idea - maybe I'll get lucky and be having my flare up on exactly those 2 days out of the year' - but instead I just booked an appt. for 2 months later and eventually (with the help and support of this forum) went to the ER and got the help I needed.
I then tried to find another gastro to become a 'new patient' too and I can't even get ANY appointment (their computer's don't go 'out that far')!!!!! Can you believe it??
I feel your pain! It didn't used to be this bad (being able to get appts).....
I can't believe some of the crapola patients go through to see their docs! Established patients should be able to get into see their specialists within 2 weeks, especially during a flare-up. What I don't understand is how I'm able to get into see my PCP in a day or two and I have to wait several weeks to see the GI unless I'm close to comatose. I think it's probably because the PCP works 80 hours a week and the GI works 40.
What you should do if you really want to see your guy is call every day and ask if there have been any cancellations. If you annoy them enough, they should be able to get you in. It's really too bad that's the case, especially since most of us don't want to be "that annoying patient."
Another thing to do would be to ask to speak to your doc's nurse, or, even better yet, your doc. That way you can bypass the office staff.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 11/29/2007 6:32:32 PM (GMT-7)