As I mentioned in our last weigh-in, I haven’t been able to work out because I haven’t been feeling well. More specifically, I’ve spent the last couple weeks feeling like my head is about to explode!
It hasn’t been my migraines and I knew it was sinus-related. Between the light-headedness, pressure, neck pain, and nausea, I couldn’t take it anymore!
I made an appointment with my doctor. I’ve only been to this doctor once before. I really like her. She seemed patient, willing to listen, and thorough.
Khaleef came with me and I was glad because I wanted him to be on board with her. We’ve had trouble moving on from our old doctor because she was the BEST and we were with her for around 10 years. She is also too far since we moved and I want us to have someone local.
His First Impression
While we were waiting for her, we heard a bit of a raised voice coming from outside the room. It turns out, it was the doctor speaking (loudly ) to a patient on the phone.
From what I heard, the patient was being a nuisance to the staff and pushy, and the doctor had to put her foot down!
What Khaleef heard was that the doctor was being abrasive and mean.
Khaleef -1 Sherrian – 0
Khaleef here: I wouldn’t turn away from the doctor for this alone. She was being mean to her patient because (based on her side of the conversation) she felt it necessary to stick up for her staff. I don’t mind when a business owner makes their staff feel protected and appreciated, so she can get somewhat of a pass from me for this.
His Second Impression
She came in and did her thing and diagnosed me with a sinus infection, and everything was cool.
Then she lost him. He was already watching his clock because he needed to get to work when she decided to spend another 15 minutes talking to me (really – US. I mean, she saw an overweight couple and saw her chance) about diet and exercise.
I let her go for a while, and then kindly tried to tell her I was losing weight… but that didn’t seem to matter. She continued trying to tell us how to count calories and even her efforts to change her diet.
Khaleef -2 Sherrian – 0
Khaleef again: I see that my lovely wife left out a few important details, so I’ll list my problems with this “doctor” and let you decide.
- We arrived a few minutes early for an 8:15 appointment.
- We went into a room around 8:30 and someone came in to take vitals and ask pointless questions for 3 minutes
- We waited for nearly 30 minutes with no update from her staff
- The first time we heard anything from the doctor was when she was blasting her patient over the phone
- Once she came into the room (45 minutes late), she didn’t even acknowledge being late
- She started her lecture by stating that she recently finished a crash diet for a wedding!!
- If the crash diet wasn’t enough, she stated that she lost 8lbs in 3 weeks by following it – normally, I would say that 8lbs over 3 weeks is pretty good; however, if you’re going to lecture people on how to lose weight, you need to come better than that on a crash diet!
- She took 15 minutes to give this unsolicited lecture and kept us there until 75 minutes after the initial appointment time
- Her 15 minute lecture boiled down to eat veggies (we’re already doing that), count calories (we’ve been doing that), and look on YouTube for chair exercises (no idea where that came from).
- What makes this even worse is that Sherrian told her that she’s been losing weight about 3 minutes into the lecture, and the doctor STILL felt the need to give the speech (repeating the first 2 tips about 23 times)
- Then, her doctor (yes, I am not claiming her as of today) starts to put in the prescription for two different medications while she is giving the lecture. She pulls up the wrong pharmacy and Sherrian had to correct it for her.
- While driving home she got a call from the pharmacy stating that one of them was ready. When she called back, they stated that they only received one prescription from the doctor.
- The doctor’s office wasn’t willing to call the pharmacy to correct their mistake and made Sherrian call the pharmacy to have the pharmacist call the doctor in order to get the 2nd prescription.
- It turns out that the doctor sent both prescriptions, but she sent one to the wrong pharmacy that Sherrian corrected while she was giving the lecture. So if she shut up and did her job, I could have gotten the drugs before heading to work (later than anticipated because of the lecture) and Sherrian could have been taking them a day earlier!
So I hope you now get a better picture on why this was so frustrating to me and why it won’t be easy for me to forget. I think it was extremely presumptuous to assume that we aren’t doing anything to lose weight and have no knowledge of basic nutrition. Since Sherrian is new to that office, she has no clue if she is at her highest, down 100lbs from her highest, or simply down 2.2lbs from the previous week.
A simple question and humble attitude could have saved us at least 15 minutes in the office, the confusion of the prescription being sent to the wrong pharmacy, and an extra day of illness because the medication wasn’t ready when we needed it to be.
Is It Over?
I mean, she’s a doctor. I figure, she would feel irresponsible if she didn’t say anything. Khaleef was really annoyed and felt she should have cut the monologue short after I told her I was already trying to handle the issue.
I can’t really gauge if he’s totally against her yet, but let’s just say all I keep hearing are snarky comments about her speech.
I was really bothered that she felt the need to keep going as well. I just took it as fuel to meet our goal.
It’s so hard to find a good doctor and build a relationship, I don’t want to keep searching forever. I can overlook this one thing, we’ll see how he feels.
Khaleef for the last time: I have an appointment with her in a little more than 2 weeks, so we’ll see how my experience goes at that time. You better believe that I won’t put up for 15 minutes of fake nutritional advice from a doctor who does crash diets for weddings and can only manage to lose 8lbs in 3 weeks on them!
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