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Doctor Shopping

I have two very swollen knuckles. They’re very tender, and my range of motion is limited. I made an appointment with a rheumatologist as it’s been two years of discomfort and pain.

Yes, two years. I guess I thought it would stop hurting?

Today I had an appointment with a specialist at 2pm. At 2.40pm when I was still in the waiting room I asked the receptionist if I could reschedule for another day. He was very apologetic and swore up and down that the doctor never ran late. We went back to a cubicle where a lady was tapping away on the computer, and she was going to schedule my appointment, she said she was too busy, and the receptionist and I were to find an empty computer where he could do the scheduling for us.

He found one and entered today’s appointment as a “patient cancellation” and then asked me which day would be convenient.

I stood there, trying to imagine which day I’d like to return and pay another $10 to park, and wait, and wait some more.

“I think we’re not a match.” I said. And left as politely as I knew how.

There are a half dozen highly regarded rheumatologists within walking distance of my home. It’s good to have choices.