Timeline of events:
Mid-December: receive a letter in the mail dated Dec 7th, that our family doctor, Dr F, is retiring in April 2010. Great. Now both B and i are very lax about visiting the doctor…neither of us has been in at least 8 years (i know, i know, slap on the wrist). To be honest, at my last eye doctor appt ( i am very good about seeing Dr S, the eye doc, regularly at least! and we both are excellent in seeing our dentist), Dr S asked me my family doctor’s name and i had a complete mind blank – had to come home and ask B who it is! But i do believe you need to be “under the care of someone” and at least have a doctor to go to if and when it’s necessary. Anyway, Dr F’s letter states that he has been unable to find someone to take over his practice, so our best bet is to find ourselves a new doctor, or to contact Health Care Connect Program for assistance.
Seeing as it’s almost Christmas and there is a ton of stuff going on, I put the Doctor Search on the backburner.
Monday January 18th: Go pay a visit to mom and dad’s doctor’s office. I am hoping to get in with their Dr H because he has treated mom and dad very well, and is also NOT near retirement age. I hope that a personal visit and a link with mom and dad being patients will get us in the door…I get to speak with Receptionist R for a full 22 seconds. She makes a note with our names and says she’ll leave a note for Dr H and get back to me.
Monday January 25th: I think that enough time has passed for Dr H to decide YES or NO, and call Receptionist R. She says the note is still on his desk. I decide to back off so as not to get a rep as a nag and a bother.
Friday February 12th: Dad has an appt with Dr H and puts in a good word for us. Interestingly, Dr H asks if we have kids. Upon hearing no, it’s just the two of us, he says he would not accept us AT ALL if we had kids. So i take it that soon i will hear a positive reply. But i continue to hear nothing.
Monday February 22nd: After biding my time all month, I decide I really need an answer. If Dr H says no, I gotta get on the hunt. Call Receptionist R – oh yes, she has a note on her desk…Dr H has declined to accept us as patients. Well, not the response I was hoping for, but at least I have an answer! (notice, i had to call AGAIN, even though she had a note on her desk. BUT i DO realize she is truly busy, the office is zany, and at least i got my answer).
Wednesday February 24th: Pop by Grandma’s doctor’s office. Dr B is located within a 7 minute drive which would be nice. A very nice receptionist (much friendlier than Receptionist R) tells me that Dr B is not accepting patients, in fact, he is looking to retire soon. I DID know that, but also know that someone will be taking over his practice. So no luck despite playing the Grandma card.
Thursday February 25th: Call my BFF Debbie’s doctor’s office. (Decide to save time by skipping a personal visit…losing faith that this approach works). Immediate negs on my question of whether they are accepting new patients…not surprised as Deb had warned that her own parents-in-law were turned down…but it was worth a shot.
Same Day: Call the Health Care Connect Program. At first, believe i am talking to a machine. After a few minutes, realize the monotone voice is indeed a real person, but script reading. Bottom line: they can do nothing to help us find a new doctor until Dr F is officially retired and we are indeed doctor-less. With this line of information sharing, the male voice on the other end has switched to “real talking” and says in order to get with their program, i would need to first ditch Dr F. I decide this program is f&$^#’d and i will wait til April.
I just want to note that while frustrated with the system, I was not angry. more appalled and saddened by the state of health care in our area. and we’ve got it good compared to some people and some communities and most countries!
i decided that my mantra of “things work out as they’re meant to be” would guide me, and i would keep the faith that something would work out for us.
Wednesday March 3: receive another envelope from Dr F’s office. Before opening it, I think, “great! they’re going to tell us to get a move on as they want to pass along our files.” But no!!!! The letter states us that Dr Mary-Melinda Gillies is taking over the care of Dr F’s patients. And the best part? Her office is on Albert St, beside the Waterloo Public Library – within WALKING distance of our condo. I am very pleased to try a female doctor (don’t know how b feels?!) and so happy that things DID work out as they were meant to be. Amen!