I arrived by cab, at 9:15 a.m., my insurance provides me with 24 round trips per year. My appointment was for 10. When I sat down, I was alone in the waiting room, but there were a few people on the other side of the partition who looked busy enough.
Around 9:50, I was called up and provided paperwork, which took me 15 minutes to fill out. And at 10:15 I was put into an exam room.
At 11:00 I started getting antsy. I had scheduled an 11:30 pick up for my 1:00 appointment across town, thinking I arrived early enough to provide plenty of time for filling out first time paperwork, and 90 minutes provided plenty of leeway. and I went to the nurses station, where they assured me it wouldn’t be long, there were only 3 more people ahead of me!
True to their word, the doc got to me at 11:20. I told him I needed an endoscopy as part of my prescreen for gastric bypass surgery. He inquired if I had a cardiology consult. I told him I had seen my cardiologist the day before.
“Did he do an echocardiogram, ekg, and a stress test?” the inquisition continued. I said yes, wanting to get the appointment and get out of there, but he wasn’t going to let me off easy and he repeated his question. ‘Okay, officer, I confess’. I reluctantly told him that he hadn’t done the stress test.
“You’re going for the whole ball of wax. If it were me, I’d want to be sure that I was getting off the table, and I’d demand a stress test. But that’s between you and me.”
He went on about all the stress my heart has been through damages the heart. Guess he doesn’t believe in the old adage, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
He scheduled the procedure for early next week. “I want to see cardiology clearance when you walk in the door. Pick it up and carry it in with you. I will not perform the endoscopy without seeing clearance from your cardiologist.”
I rushed out, no cab. I called the cab company, who claim not to have me scheduled to go to another appointment and they were going to take me home. I called my insurance company, they called the cab company, and they weren’t going to be able to get me across town in time. I ended up rescheduling my next appointment.
My 11:30 pickup came for me at 2:20!
When I arrived home, I called my cardiologist and had them fax over my clearance. I also asked that he call me, and remind me why he felt that I didn’t need a stress test.
I then called the gastro’s office to verify they received the fax and informed them that the doctor wants to see it before my procedure next week.