I can finally be considered a free agent; well, at least in the eyes of the medical community.
Recently, I’ve been experiencing pain in my right shoulder essentially when moving it. Not knowing the cause or how to treat it, I thought it would be a good time to call my doctor’s office to get it checked out. When I called them, I told them my situation and warned the receptionist I was speaking with that I hadn’t been in to see my doctor (to remain nameless in case I go back there, everything’s connected on the Internet!) in quite a long time.
I was then transferred to another receptionist - I’m assuming a more senior member of the staff - who told me all of the grizzly details. Apparently, I haven’t been in to see my doctor since - wait for it - 1998! 13 years! I was either 9 or 10 years old, depending on the time of the visit. Here’s some quick facts about 1998, for those who forget what was going on at that time, courtesy of Information Please:
- The Clinton sex scandal played out, finding him impeached at the end of the year.
- France won the 1998 World Cup over Brazil.
- John Elway led the Broncos to a Super Bowl Championship, defeating 29-year old Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers.
- The final episode of Seinfeld aired.
- Titanic won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
- Viagara was officially approved by the FDA.
Yeah, it was a crazy time in 1998. Anyway, back to the story. I was then told by the receptionist that I am technically no longer a patient of this doctor since I hadn’t been there in so long, and understandably so. For all the doctor knew, I died in a freak accident. Upon asking what I should do, the receptionist didn’t seemed thrilled to participate in any of this. She reluctantly said that she would call me back later to schedule an appointment because she “can’t deal with this right now.” That floored me.
And then it hit me: that was the reason I hadn’t been to my doctor in so long. The staff was terribly rude and inconsiderate and the doctor left us with more questions than answers. Now, the remainder of my family still visit his practice, but what does that leave for me? Do I find a new doctor or do I stay the course and go back to that cesspool?
TL;DR: I was dropped by my doctor’s office due to inactivity. Advice?