My gi doc is pretty much a rock star now.... he wasn't when I started, but I figure on having to wait an hour or more every time I see him. But if it's an emergency, he gets me in that day, and takes the time I need. I just expect the wait, bring a book, and figure he is attending to other emergencies etc. It's annoying, but I know I can count on him if I really need him, and he's good enough that it's worth it.
I've had fewer appts with my surgeon, but I've also had to wait a lot there. However, when I decided on surgery, I left a message after hours, and the next morning her secretary called at 8:30 to see if I could come in in an hour -- the surgeon knew it was important that she see me asap, and she scheduled the surgery in two weeks, which was the soonest possible time for me with my pred taper.
My friend has another top gi doc who is extremely punctual.... but she leaves every appointment frustrated because he cuts her off, that's how he stays on schedule.
Some of the issue is regional, supply and demand of certain specialists.
Can't speak for others, but I've lowered my stress level a lot by just expecting delays and figuring that's the price I pay for a great doctor who triages .... I'm just glad I'm not the one in an emergency, and I know that if I were, I'd get what I needed.
The missed diagnosis and subsequent emergency surgery is a whole other issue, Dallas, and I'm sorry you had to go through that. Sounds horrible.
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery