Well, the appointment is done, and hmmm... I think
maybe it went well!
We'll see. It was kind of a surreal day, actually. I was early for the appointment by nearly an hour since I didn't know for sure where I was going and was coming from another town, and the receptionists were super nice and chatted with me as I stood and sat and stood and sat and paced and sat and stood again. They were pretty sweet. Then the nurse came and got me 5 minutes EARLY!
and said (I kid you not) "I am so sorry we kept you waiting!"
I was like "is this really a doctor's office?"
After I got to the room, the doc's nurse practitioner was with me in minutes and proceeded to spend almost 30 minutes with me just listening and talking to me about
my pain history. It was the first time someone has really listened, I think. After that, the doc came in and did a brief exam and chatted with me about
next steps. This part was pretty brief, but only because my PM had failed to send him ANY of my records or images and had not told me to bring them either. Consequently, this doc was really unable to make any definitive diagnoses or make any serious treatment plans until he has all the information.
So... I have to wait for the neurosurgeon to get all the scans and such (he also took a couple x-rays before I left) before I find out what happens next.
I did like this office. The doc seemed pretty good and the nurse practitioner was excellent, so I am hopeful that they will figure out some way to help me. This appointment did also serve to remind me that my PM is really not someone I want to hang with long term, though. It seems pretty ridiculous to me that she wouldn't have taken care of the records thing.
Oh well... par for the course, right?
Anyhow, thanks all for your thoughts and well wishes. I will look forward to hearing from each of you about
your coming visits too.