Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Poor Doctor...

I make an appointment for one thing but I go with a long list of crap for her to look at or fix.

I have been trying to get an ingrown (that spelling looks totally bizarre) toe nail removed for two weeks. I have tried the after hours clinic but they consider it a minor surgery/procedure so it has to be done during regular hours. Being a teacher, I had to wait for a day when I could get the last appointment of the day. That day was today. Turns out she was already super busy seeing a bunch of people with the swine flu. Yup, it is here people.

THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS TMI....YOU MAY NOT WANT TO READ:

I had this toenail problem in June (that was the first toenail problem I ever had) and when I had it removed she was quite surprised by how large it was. This time the doc and her new assistant were there and I chose to lay down rather than watch. Even though I was numbed 3 times, I could still feel her cut a little and the pulling. Lots of pulling. And then I heard them both say, "that is huge!" So I had to sit up and inspect it. It was twice the size this time. She gave me the option of seeing if it happened again (uh, no thanks) or killing part of the nail bed. I went right for the kill. Get rid of this problem because it is getting in the way of my workouts (no kick boxing tonight, too numb still and my toe is so wrapped up it looks like a light bulb) and it is painful.

So while she is "fixing" my toe I pulled out my sticky note of problems I needed to address.
Such as: my awesome new disease - ringworm, my new 21 day cycle with extreme pain for which I requested pain meds, this new weird spot on my left arm, this big callus on my right big toe, checking my thyroid (which is slowly dying) because it has been a year and I am supposed to check it every 6 months (oops), etc.

She addressed all my issues, fixed my toe, gave me a prescription, asked about my weight loss and goals and discussed a time table for when I want to have a baby. I was out in an hour and that included the time I had to wait for her to finish up other patients. Not bad.

I feel slightly bad doing that to her as her last patient of the day and I know she is running late for getting home to her family (she has 2 YOUNG kids) but I really want to get my $20 co-pay's worth out of my visit. Does anyone else do this? Just curious.

Hope you are having a healthy day.....I am off to watch Biggest Loser.

14 comments:

Christa said...

All I can say is OUCH!!!! I hope killing the nail bed takes care of it...sounds painful!

Deb said...

YeeeOUCHIE!!!! Hoping you heal quickly. :)

Hadley said...

Yeep. That sounds painful. Here's to hoping your it's the last of your nail problems.

I'm all for getting the most out of the doctor when you go in for it. As long as you're there and paying for it, you might as well get everything taken care of.

Sara said...

YAY baby planning! excuse my cheeseball nature but i can't help but think how brilliant it would be to transition from weight loss blog to 'havin' a kid' blog- and me end up being about 9 months behind you for both! lol

big_mummy said...

ouch ouch mo fo ouch.

also, yay baby planning! That part of my life is so long ago i get way excited at other people baby making lol

Aimee said...

oooh, do tell - what do your baby making plans look like???

hope the toe heals quickly.

AND what did you think about biggest loser? i was so proud of them all last night - and ol' julio even surprised. rebecca is a fav of mine - she's spunky. and i still have an emotional attachment to abby. and orange dan. :)

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

They call that the "doorknob" appointment. The doctor has his/her hand on the doorknob to leave and you say, "Oh, by the way, can you look at . . . ."

My doctor friend says it happens to him all day long!!

I'm glad you got your money's worth out of it!! Did I see that you want to have another baby mentioned in that post? That would be exciting!

Mae Flowers said...

That's a great idea to bring a list. I always forget everything I want to have her address when I'm there!

FollowMeDown30 said...

Ouch! I hope everything is taken care of for a while.

I do it to my doctor too-like if one kid is in sick and I feel a tickle I hit her up for a RX for both of us & pay my copay on the way out. She is always really nice about it though because in our metro area she is a very popular doctor and can be difficult to schedule with.

FollowMeDown30 said...

Ouch! I hope everything is taken care of for a while.

I do it to my doctor too-like if one kid is in sick and I feel a tickle I hit her up for a RX for both of us & pay my copay on the way out. She is always really nice about it though because in our metro area she is a very popular doctor and can be difficult to schedule with.

Jenn said...

Man, that sounds painful!
I don't see anything wrong with asking all those questions. That's her job, isn't it?

The Road Curves Ahead said...

Yeah, I think most people do then when they have doctor appointments. When I go to my doctor he always asks "Is there anything else you need?" I love it when they open the door to the flood gate of questions.

Lisa eats too much pizza said...

I had that done to my right toe back in grade school because i got them so much...

S. said...

I totally do that to my doctor. I do not love going to the doctor and so I figure I should get it all out of the way at one time since I won't go back until I have to. Plus, surely she'd rather than I talk to her about five things than make five separate appointments??