This is a really hard post for me to write. I don't want to reveal too many specifics in case anyone associated with my real-life medical care sees this and feels hurt, so please excuse the vagueness.
Still, does anybody else feel that their doctor neglects them? I am polite but assertive in my dealings with the medical world, but I am tired of having to deal with their unpredictable (and occasionally foul) moods, of my phone calls not being returned; of my requests - sometimes urgent - for help being ignored.
My doctors all say how much they appreciate the fact that I'm aware of the pressure that they're under and that I try not to hassle them too much. However, I am starting to feel that *they* take advantage of my politeness and keep putting me off or ignoring me, thinking that I'll continue to be kind and understanding (and give them chocolate) no matter how they treat me.
I keep wondering, do they treat their other patients this way, or is it just me that they choose to dump on, simply because they feel reasonably secure in our medical relationship?
I have been on the verge of writing this post for a while, but the final straw came this afternoon when I discovered that my GI has gone away until November, even though he asked me to speak with him today and despite the fact that his secretary passed him a message before his departure saying that I was deteriorating, finding it hard to manage, and needing advice.
I really don't know what else I could have done. I couldn't have been any more graphic or specific with his secretary, and she *did* say he'd call...
Anyway, I'd appreciate knowing that it's not just me, and that they treat everyone badly...
Ivy, frustrated, fed up and