Two birds, one stone… maybe
Ugh. I hate establishing care with a new doctor. I know I’ve blogged about that before. I just hate it. Last summer, a friend of mine decided to get braces, and literally went to six or seven different orthodontists before she found one that she really liked. I was in awe. I could so not do that: troop around to doctors on end, interviewing them, sizing them up… That sounds horrific.
With the five kids I have, the doctor of whom I’ve seen the most over the last 12 years or so has been my OB/GYN. I had a general practitioner, but it’s been… I think… nearly seven years since I’ve seen him. I liked him a lot; I just didn’t have much need for doctoring outside of my OB. And, my old OB functioned as my primary care doctor, and was happy to do so, which was another reason I loved him. Then, he retired. So, now, I have another OB with whom I’m very happy, but when our insurance told us that, in order to stave off a 15% increase in premiums, I needed a physical, my OB’s nurse, to whom I spoke about the matter, seemed like that was not their standard operating procedure.
So, I needed to find a new doctor.
I know I didn’t want my husband’s doctor, because — and I realize this is a long time to hold a grudge — when I was looking for the source of my various ailments (which turned out to be celiac disease), my husband’s doctor strongly suggested, to my face, that I was a hypochondriac. I left the office in tears. 😦 That was almost 13 years ago, but it was such a humiliating experience, I had to get ministry for it at church. I’m not eager to go back to him.
We also need a new pediatrician. I love mine, but he’s been on a medical sabbatical for nearly a year. It was supposed to be for six weeks. That turned into a few months. Then, it was, “He’ll be back in ____.” That became, “He plans on being back in ______.” Last week, when I asked the receptionist about our doctor’s return, she became snippy and said, exasperatedly, that she “doesn’t know when he’ll be back!”
So. Like shooting an arrow in the dark, I went onto my insurance’s website, and found a doctor who is a DO, who is nearby, who is a family practitioner, and who is a woman.
I like DOs because they tend to be more supportive of holistic or natural medicine practices, and aren’t as eager (usually) to just write up a prescription for “x” symptoms; they seem more willing to get to the root of a problem. And, I decided on a family practitioner, because if I like her, I can switch my kids’ care over to her, as well. And, well, about the “woman” part — well, as I get older (not like I’m ancient; I’m almost 36), I’ve been thinking that it might help with empathetic care to have a woman as a doctor.
My appointment is not until late this month.
I’ll let y’all know how it goes, I’m sure. 😀