Friday, November 12

Clinic woes

I'm going to moan and groan in this post. You have been warned.

Yesterday I finally bit the bullet and went down to the local clinic to get my Official First Pregnancy Test done so I can start regular doctor's visits.

I know I left it a bit late, seeing as I'm going on four months here. But as I learned when I was pregnant with my first two, if you don't go to the doc until after the first 3 months, there's a bunch of tests they can't do on you. You know, a bunch of those tests that tell you something's horribly wrong with the baby and you should abort it right now.

Those ones that are only about 40% accurate and give false positives all the time. Yeah, THOSE tests.

Anyway, I also left it a bit late because I hate going to the clinic.

Someday we'll have decent insurance and I won't have to go there. But until then, lowest common denominator, and that's the clinic.

I went equipped with a thick book, and stuff to write my menu and grocery list on, since I hadn't done that. I knew I was in for a long wait, because you have to stand in the Walk Ins line for a pregnancy test. They don't let you make an appointment for it.
Dark Lord of Derkholm

So I stood in line for an hour. I got my lists all made and ploughed through a decent chunk of my book. My book being The Dark Lord of Derkholm, which is 517 pages, I thought it was a good candidate for a long, long doctor's office visit.

Finally made it up to the clerk, and found out the test was only going to be half price, since they like returning patients. That was nice. I got my number and sat down.

Slowly the waiting room drained out, and they called all the numbers above and below mine, but never mine. So I read my book and waited. And waited. And waited some more.

Finally I noticed the various nurses packing up and leaving, and I was the last person still waiting. So, feeling near tears (this was now two hours later), I got up and asked the clerk if they had called my number. She checked, looked horrified, and said that they'd be with me in just a moment.

And indeed, in just a moment they whisked me into the back, did the test, filled out my paperwork, and had me all finished up in about five minutes. Turns out I'm due April 9th. If I can hit this due date, I'll have a birthday in March, April, and May.

Oh, dear clinic. My first visit back, you make me wait three and a half hours because you forgot about me. How I have not missed our long, awful relationship.

6 comments:

Meg said...

Ugh. That is so horribly awful. You'd think they would rush the pregnant women through first... Well at least you got some stuff done while you were there!

Farm Girl said...

So sorry about all of that, but like Meg said, you did get stuff done. And you now have a due date :) So it isn't all bad.

The Vixen said...

I had an experience with my doctor's office in September when I was supposed to get the ultrasound to determine if the baby was a boy or a girl.

My appointment card said Thursday, 9/8, at 11:10 AM. It had the wrong day of the week (9/8 was a Wednesday), but I figured the date would be more correct than the day of the week they wrote down. I had my family there along with Rich's mum and step-dad who were visiting, and we were all waiting, looking forward to it. I got up to the front desk, and they said my appointment was for the next day at 11:20. I pointed out what they wrote on my card, but they couldn't do anything about it. I left in tears.

The next day, we went there again, only to find out that they forgot to schedule an actual ultrasound and only had an appointment with the doctor ready. Because of the way things were going, I had a feeling they had forgotten, so the doctor walked into the room with me in tears again. When he found out that I was supposed to have an ultrasound that day, he scrambled to arrange one as soon as possible - a couple hours later. My dad and Rich had both taken time off work, so I was worried they wouldn't be able to take more time off to be there; but they both stuck around, anyway, and we just went to lunch while we waited. That's not to mention the waiting time both times before I got called back despite my scheduled appointment. *sigh*

These sure can be fun. :)

The Vixen said...

Sorry, this is Lisa/Mishael. I didn't know what name it would post me under.

Jennifer said...

You are having a baby! Now, it's official. Thank you, Clinic. Congrats!

Kessie said...

Mishael: That's AWFUL! And you even had it in writing, too!

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