Here is my latest drama...
With 4 kids I really hate taking them to the doctor. Its hard enough with just one kid in the office, you know? But for well checks I'd like to knock them out at least 2 at a time. The pediatrician we've been seeing said they do "doubles" at 8am and 2pm. Neither of those choices are my preferred times of the day. Its just hard to get out the door no matter what time it is, but getting somewhere by 8am is too early. And 2 pm is naptime! Well I chose 8am.
Its 20miles to this doctor, so that would be leaving no later than 7:30. Its friday so Hattie and Silas have school. Jody said he'd take them. We got in the car at like 7:27. I chose the hospital on my GPS and headed out. At first I thought the GPS was taking me a new secret way to doctors. Then I panicked. I called my mom and she said I must be headed to the other hospital by the same name. WHO knew?? Not me!
I redirected myself and was going to be just a few minutes late. Then (I know I am prone to exaggeration, but this is the TRUTH) I hit EVERY single red light.
We walked in the door at 815 and the receptionist said they would only see one. Luke or Millie. I held in my tears and tried to be brave. I chose Luke.
I asked the receptionist if I could have anyother appointment that morning. No.
Luke did GREAT. Amazing. No problems. 2 shots, one finger prick. He wore his Super Lukey cape and cowboy hat. He was so good, so sweet. I have issues with well checks anyway. When I know my kids are fine and healthy, what is the point of paying for the doctor to tell me that? Do I have any questions? No thank you. He's my third kid, I think I know whats going on now.
I asked the nurse if Millie could just get her shots. No.
We checked out and I asked again if there were any appointments open today. No.
I felt like all these people were being so rude. I know I was late. I used to be very punctual before I had kids. I know we have to respect appointment times. But where is the grace and sympathy at all??
I really do like the doctor I see there, but I feel like the practice is so impersonal and uncaring. Again, I really understand that I was late. I know that I chose to have 4 kids. I don't expect special treatment EVERYTIME. But why couldn't I find some today??
I decided that I need a doctor that is closer. Maybe a smaller practice. I've asked a few people today and I have a couple options. Millie will be trying out option #1 next week.
4 days ago