That is exceedingly annoying.

I just spent over an hour on a bummed ride to the big town about 50 miles away for an appointment that lasted less than 15 minutes, because the doctor isn’t here and hasn’t been in all week. So I got a visual field test, and then shown the door.

And now I’m sitting in a parking lot, where I’ll be for the next half hour or more while my friends finish shopping.

It’s a nice parking lot, I suppose. If you like parking lots. Do things like this happen to normal people on a regular basis? I don’t recall.

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9 Responses to That is exceedingly annoying.

  1. Jim Price says:

    Yes, it does. That’s assuming I’m “normal” or course. The last two weeks have been that way for me. I’ve spent and/or wasted HOURS dealing with other peoples’ screw-ups.

  2. plblark says:

    I went in for a CT scan Monday … quick, uneventful. Monday afternoon I got the call that the machine had gone down and they didn’t have the images they needed. So Today I made my way back across town before work for another imaging session.

    TL;DR: Yep

  3. Kentucky says:

    Not even an IOP check?

  4. Ben says:

    Doctors are human, and so sometimes they have unscheduled absences. But there really is no excuse for the office not calling to reschedule to avoid your wasted trip.

  5. TS says:

    I loath going to town and going to doctors. All the drs/dentist we go to have been told how far out we live and are pretty good about working with me so my appointments and my husband’s appointments are scheduled all on the same day if possible. But yeah, there are still those days that annoy the crap out of ya when it doesn’t work out.

  6. Jeffersonian says:

    Sounds like how my world works.

  7. Mike says:

    I’ve had doctors called away for emergencies in the past that made seeing me an impossibility, but in each case the office contacted me by text telling me to call so the appointment could be changed. It’s pretty bush league for the doc to stand you up like this, especially if he was gone for a week.

  8. Ruth says:

    Yup, it happens. My “favorite”:

    I had to go in for a routine nurses visit. It was scheduled 3 months in advance, as usual. However in order to be legal the doctor had to be on site at the time of the visit so that she could sign off on the visit and the shot administered. But hey, thats why I schedule 3 months in advance.

    I arrived 10 minutes early, as is my usual, checked in, paid my co-pay and sat down in the waiting room. SInce its just a nurses visit they usually take me right back and I’m out of there by the time the actual appointment time hits. But this time not so much. After sitting there for an hour I finally went back up to the desk and asked how much longer the wait was going to be. After doing some checking the receptionist came back looking a little pale.

    The doctor had been out all week and they had been supposed to call me to reschedule and hadn’t. I took a great big deep breath, and agreed to reschedule for a couple days later with a different doctor.

    Half way home I got a phone call from the doctors office, the new appointment was going to have to be rescheduled due to that doctor also being out that day.

    I managed to remain polite, but I was more than a bit peeved at that point. Having said that, this office is usually VERY good about such things (I’ve been going there for years), and considering how many issues I’ve had with other places screwing with me I decided to give them one more chance, and its been a few years now and they’ve not pulled anything close to that since.

  9. Robert says:

    I go to a specialty clinic every six months. It is held just one day per week. I waited FOUR HOURS for a ten-minute appointment. There are three docs. Nurse while setting up the room: “Oh, sorry about the wait. Doc 1 is in surgery. Doc 2 is at lunch. We can’t find doc 3.”

To the stake with the heretic!