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Fibro Feelings – Appointment Mistake

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I was so upset when I tried to check into my rheumatology appointment last week and found that it had been scheduled with the wrong person! I had been having some new hip pains and my other doctor told me to try to get in with my rheumatologist earlier than my next appointment. I called to see if my rheumatologist had any cancellations open up appointments and they said they did. The receptionist got me in half a week earlier than the appointment I already had sucheduled. I had an odd feeling about that appointment – knowing it’s usually hard to get in that easily and now I know why!

When I showed up to my appointment and they said it was with a different person, I found out that my doctor and his nurse where actually on vacation until next week. The office manager came out and apologized, but part of me wants to make a list of all the ways the mis-scheduled effected me to give to the receptionist who messed up. =) I just don’t think a typical person would think of the fact that driving almost an hour and a half round trip would aggravated some of the symptoms I was hoping to see the rheumatologist about, cause me to get less sleep (I had to get up earlier), throw me off mentally, which in turn throws my fibro off, cost a decent amount of gas and clearly take up time. I won’t be writing a letter, but thanks for listening to me vent here!

Some good news is that my feet are almost back to normal. They’re only hurting when I stand barefoot on flat surface flooring for awhile. While I’ve been trying to rest my feet more I edited photos, finally worked on some sewing projects, updated my personal website and did a little reading. Of course, I also did some Olympics watching. The Helpful Hubby could watch the games all day, every day. I absolutely loved their flame cauldron and the way it moved and doubt I’ll ever see one that beats it.

Did you watch the Olympics?

olympic cauldron

I loved watching the petals come up to form the cauldron shape.*

*Image Credit: from by williamsdb.


Comment from Gf
Time August 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

I had an appt re-scheduled due to a vacation this summer..from June until Dec. Another 6 months. I was not a happy patient that day. But it’s been resolved thanks to cancellations. Still wish that it was easier to get it – I like my PCP but he’s a little rushed.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Wow, 6 months is huge! I was originally in in Sept., then got in at the end of Aug b/c of cancellations., then got in this week, then supposedly got in last week – but that was just the receptionist’s fault.


Gf Reply:

Yeah. It would have been almost a year between visits! I’m still in limbo with DX/new issues/fibro funk so I really need this upcoming visit – hoping to find out if I can get a confimed diagnosis of RA..or something. It’s more than fibro going on .


Comment from GinRClark
Time August 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I’m sorry you had to waste precious energy only to be turned away and unseen by your doctor. That is disappointing on so many levels. I hope you still have your original appointment time on their books.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

It wasn’t! They didn’t have anything for me this week, even though I originally had an appointment tomorrow. I have a feeling they just stuck me onto the end of my doc’s schedule for today to get me in. I feel a little bad for my doc, as this is his first day back from vaca, but I needed this appointment.


Comment from Nikki
Time August 21, 2012 at 2:24 am

I always find it weird when I talk to other people with FM. Some who get regular treatment and see there rheumatology at least once in a while… and others like me, who saw there rheumatologist once when they were diagnosed and never again and really have not had any treatment. Well, I’m on Lyrica since it is used off label for chronic migraines and my neurologist though why not? Two birds, one stone. I like it for FM, does nothing for migraines. Still it amazes me there is such a discrepancy. I had a severe problem with my feet a few years back and could only shuffle walk very painfully for about a year, I saw my general doctor about it and he did nothing but give me a cream. It went away as fast as it came, but that was one heck of a crippling flare. That arch pain comes back once in a while and is nasty, but has not lasted that long since… and hopefully not again. But… yeah, never been sent back to the rheumatologist. Weird eh?
PS… I mentioned your blog in my last article on
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