Don't see a new Weekly Chat, so I'll just post here.
Yesterday was AWFUL! Last time I saw my doc we scheduled the next 3 appointments. Yesterday's, Oct, Nov. She said next visit we would schedule Dec. I try to go first thing in the morning because ... surprise! I have a job! We ended up with a 6 week instead of 4 week spacing for yesterday's appt, then every 4 weeks at 9am. So. Yesterday was 10:40. And we get there & there is an hour & a half wait. Last time our appointment was at 3:40, the written wait was an hour & a half, and we waited 2.5 hours!! And I never got back to work that day.
So I told the receptionist I had to cancel that I could not just be gone from work for over 2 hours (it's a half hour drive from work) without advance notice. And they acted like this was a big deal, and I might not be able to leave or would have to find another doc because they hadn't seen me in 6 weeks. I asked what other working moms did. She told me that most of his patients were repeat clients & just understood this was how it was, most popular doc in the valley, etc. Which tells me nothing about how working moms do this - only that most of their patients are NOT working moms. Because most working moms cant "just understand" being gone for several hours for a doc appointment. She told me he is ALWAYS at least an hour late, even first thing in the morning, because of births, rounds etc.
I asked if they have WIFI so I could work while I wait. Nope. Can I call ahead & arrive an hour late if he's running 1.5 hours behind or more? Nope. WTF. Seriously. I was so angry. So fine. I'll just have to skip this one (I'm seeing a perinatal doc as well so whatever) and I'll go make my December appointments.
Guess what? The only appointments they have available (for the month where I have to go every other week) are between 11 am - 2 pm. So, apparently I'm supposed to tell my boss that every other week in December I'm going to be gone from the office for about a half day. Uh, right. She said, I'm sorry those are the only appointments. I said - you realize if I get fired I won't have insurance & won't be here anyway? Well, he's a very popular doc blah blah blah. I burst into tears. Had a complete meltdown in the docs office. The very, very, full docs office. And nope, I can't switch. There are only 2 docs in this entire area that do VBAC.
I got it worked out. I'll be taking a wireless hotspot with me to every appointment from now on. And this doc IS awesome. Normal practice for immediate chest contact, delayed cord cutting, whoever I want in the room with me (including my 4 yr old if he wants to), etc. Everything else except that he is WAY overbooked. And he is SUPER supportive of VBAC. Sigh.
I'm also going to call next week & make my January appointments. The practice I used in Chicago booked me out for my ENTIRE pregnancy after my first appointment. I don't know why a doc this busy wouldn't do the same.
Loving mama to
R (1/3/2015) and DSD (16).