I'm firing my doctor.
Which is sad because I rather liked her. And Slappy will be working with her in January. But I've reached the official critical mass here and I can no longer tolerate this kind of behavior.
Example number 1: During the first week of the now 14 day headache, I called on a Friday afternoon indicating that I had a headache I was concerned about. I asked for a call back the next week to re-evaluate the decision to use Topamax. On Monday, when the headache had not disappeared, I called again, leaving another message. On Tuesday, when it continued to be ever-present, I called again. NOTHING. Not a call from the nurse, not a message from the front desk. Never a returned call and at this point the headache was on day 6. When a patient calls and tells you that their pain is an 8 out of 10 for 6 days, you should at least call them back and tell them that you're receiving their messages. But they didn't.
So the emergency room called for me and she let me come and see her the next day.
Example number 2: That appointment I was given was not a prescheduled one, and since her office was unhappy about the fact that she squeezed me in, they decided to make me the last appointment of the morning, even though she had me come in for 9:30. I'm not really joking. I heard the woman at the front say, "well, if she thinks she can come in whenever she wants, then she can wait." And so I did. And while this was not my doctor's doing, it didn't make me feel very welcome.
Example number 3: At the appointment, the doctor ordered an MRI. She scheduled it for Monday so that it could be read by Wednesday so that she could get the results quickly because she was leaving for vacation on Thursday. Do you see where this is going? Do you? Because I've had a headache for 14 mother fucking days and she DIDN'T FREAKING CALL ME. I don't give a flying fuck if my MRI is pristine, she still owes me a phone call. She told me to my face that she would call me by today, BY TODAY, and she didn't. And now she's on vacation, indefinitely, with no timeline in which to call me and give me the results. I don't know if she's coming back Monday or a week from Monday because she was supposed to call me today.
Long story short, I'm in the market for a new doctor. I think it's time to find someone who specializes in Chiari, I know of several, none nearby and only one of which will accept my insurance, which should be fun. Honestly, I just want my head to stop hurting. I'll travel far and wide if that's what's necessary. To the ends of the earth and back.
Just to make it stop.
I'm firing my doctor.