Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cloth Gown

So I told y'all recently that I owned a sunbed.

And I may or may not have mentioned the fact that my favorite doctor in the whole. wide. world. - the same God-like doctor that stayed by my side through my entire labor to deliver Alise - is no longer with the medical group she was with and I recently had to switch to another doctor in the group. Wheeellll...last week was my annual check up. And it wasn't fun, let me tell ya!

I swear the lady reads my blog! {waving} Hey, Doc!

First of all, those were the fastest forty minutes of sitting in an GYN's office that I have ever experienced in my entire life! Forty minutes. Tops! The longest I ever waited for my previous doctor was four hours.  Don't judge. You would wait, too, if this doctor saved your life from a tubal pregnancy.

So I'm already in a pissy mood and I truly, truly do not want to be in this office. The nurse triages me, I ignore the number on the scale, and pass on labs. The nurse is ticking me off because she's asking me questions that my regular nurse/doctor would already know. She would never have asked me about the other pregnancies. I notice a rather tall woman wearing green scrubs walk down the hall to an office that I know for a fact use to belong to "my" doctor, because I was counseled several times in that office. And I hate what little decor I can see from where I'm sitting. I'm reminded of the first time I was ever in Dr. S's office.  Wayne was with me. We had decided we wanted to have a baby and she told us, "That's the best news I've heard all day!" She was always so happy for me.

I'm finally directed to a room and I see a cloth - CLOTH!!! - gown laying on the exam table.  I asked, "Oh, no! What happened to the paper gowns we use to have?" The nurse said, "Oh, we've gone paperless.  We're using cloth gowns now."  I wanted to ask, "From the freaking 1960's?!?  Omg, they were awful looking and I cringed as I got undressed thinking that the gown I was putting on had not been washed and I was putting someone else's funk on me. Seriously {When I finished and put my own clothes back on, I saw no basket or anywhere to put the gown. I left it on the exam table and thought, "Oh my God!  They really are reusing these gowns! I really did get someone else's funk on me!}.

So the doc comes in - the same doc I saw walking down the hall, shakes my hand, never asks a thing about me, my family, or anything except, yep!  You guessed it!  "DO YOU LAY IN THE SUNBED?"

My mouth literally dropped open. I mean, this was before she even EXAMINED anything! And I was covered up by the cloth gown! Luckily, though, I was on top of my game that day and I came back with, "I OWN a sunbed." To which, said doctor replied, "Oh! Then I won't be able to tell you anything anyway. The ones of you that own your own sunbeds are the hardest to convince." 

MOTHER of God, get me outta here.

And He answered my prayers because three minutes later, I was fully clothed and walking out the front door. 

Two more things happened.  She reprimanded me about the mammogram that I'm nearly two years past due on. She insisted that I go right then! Right after my appointment with her. I'll take that one. But THEN she made the comment, "Ladies hate coming to the doctor as much as they hate getting a root canal."

I'm like, looking around and thinking WHO IS THIS LADY!?! And how does she know about my root canal??  So I told her I nearly died from one in January and she hushed about that.

My heart just missed Dr. S that day. She would have asked about Alise and how things were going at my job.  She would have asked about Wayne and what was going on in my life. She would have asked about the night sweats and how the samples she had given me had worked. She would have listened to me and we would have laughed together like we have for well over twelve years and most assuredly, she would have hugged me when she left.  Cloth gown from the 1960's and all. 

But none of that happened.

Instead, I walked out the front door.

In forty minutes.

15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Laura ! I had my same doctor deliver 4 out of my five children and by the time our youngest was born my doc retired ! I was devastated but found a female doctor by asking for suggestions and I ended just loving her. Ask around and maybe just maybe you can find a different doctor to go to she sounds awful. Happy Tuesday lady !

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    1. Yes, I was devestated when I found out my doctor was no longer with the medical group. I haven't decided if I'm giving the new doc a second chance and a chance to redeem herself or just find someone new. I have another doctor in mind.

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  2. Oh no! I'm sorry you had a bad experience. It's going to be a sad day when my doctor retires- they call me their kid (I'm the youngest patient in the gastroenterologist office!), and bedside manner is SO important! Hope you find a better fit!

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    1. I totally understand! I was one of Dr. S's first patients and it just hurts so darn much!

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  3. You know I can relate on this on so many levels! So on Friday it's my turn to share loves from the Internet on the Blended blog and I'm totally sharing this story. It's the little things and a great OB/GYN is everything. Boo on new one!

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    1. Cheers to THAT, Sista! A great OB/GYN is everything!

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  4. UGH!!! Having moved twice in the last 7 years I feel your pain. I had an OBGYN in Richmond that I loved and had seen for over 12 years. Thankfully with both moves I've been able to get good recommendations for new ones and liked both of them. This new doctor of yours really does sound cold and prickly and that is certainly not what you want from your GYN. I always tell people I think GYN's and hairdressers are the 2 hardest things to replace...LOL. Seriously, you need to talk to your friends and find out who they see. "Ain't nobody got time for that!" kind of Dr. in their lives. I'm sorry it was such a bust. Hope the mammogram went better! :)

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    1. And, yea! That mammogram. Hasn't happened yet! But I promise it will by the end of March!

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  5. Sorry, I had to laugh - you just worded it so perfectly that I can totally relate.
    I would have taken the gown & thrown it in the garbage saying, I thought that was your laundry bin. EWWWWWW... that freaks me out. My OB/GYN uses cloth but theres a PILE of them so you can tell they are freshly cleaned.

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    1. I'm like really? And the gowns were plaid! A freaking 1960's plaid! Yuck!

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  6. Oh, I'm sorry! I am supposed to be booking an appointment with a new doctor as well. After having the same doctor for 13 years, he retired on me. I think I am 3 years overdue, all because I don't want a new doctor. Sigh!

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    1. Girl, make that appointment! I'm hoping you have a better experience than I did!

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  7. It sucks when we have to get new docs. I haven't had a doctor who really knows me in ages but then again I only go once a year. HA! Rest assured the cloths are removed as soon as you leave and everything is sanitized and fresh stuff is laid out - wait that is here in NC not sure about LA, y'all are a little different (HAD TO XO). Why the hell haven't you had your mammo or blood work? I could come beat that tail over that! I know it can be scary but it can also be pretty awesome and make sure your girlies have you for an extra long time. I don't care about no "sunbed" - I'm guessing that is a tanning bed? Meh we all get to pick a few things we do that are stupid - God knows I have mine!!!! Love you to pieces Ms. Thang - I'll be out to LA to take some blood and make sure your tits get squished real good to see that you are healthy as can be. OK? XOXOXOO

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  8. I have to find a new GYN because our insurance changed and my old one isn't covered anymore. BOO. Sorry you had such a bad experience!

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  9. I can't even imagine! I have been with my gyn for about 16 years now...both pregnancies with her as well as some procedures. She is quick and efficient and so friendly...I'd hate to change!

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