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Drive-by rant

Why, for the love of little green apples, is it impossible to see a doctor in less than four months? I just called Children’s Hospital (Boston) and was told that they were taking appointments for MAY! MAY! It’s FEBRUARY! Two and a half months. That’s fucking insane.

And we’ve got good insurance. Well, insurance.
What if she has something that will get worse with time? The brain does eventually stop recognizing signals from optic nerves — what if treatment this week would help and treatment in May will be too late? I had a lump in my breast and was told that the soonest mammogram appointment was several months away. WTF?

It wasn’t until I asked if there was anyway, at all, that I could find an earlier appointment, that the guy said “Well, if you’ve got a car, we can give you an appointment tomorrow morning in Waltham. Other than that, the earliest I’ve got is late March in (somewhere really far away that I can’t remember).”

There are so many things wrong with this country. Healthcare is so broken, top to bottom, inside and out, front to back. The insurance, the cost, the insane wait for doctors, the drug companies, everything. I want to gnash my teeth and weep.

Though that might just be PMS.

Categories: health
  1. February 25, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    No, it’s not PMS. Health care in the US really is broken. But for what it’s worth, when my mother was little, she had a lazy eye and the doctor had her wear a pair of non-prescription glasses with clear nail polish painted over the lens of the non-lazy side to force the lazy eye to quit slacking off. It worked. I don’t know for how many hours a day or for how many weeks or months, but I can find out if you’re interested. Might be worth a try while you wait.

  2. karriew
    February 27, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I just saw this or I would have given you a ride. M was at school today so I had both a car and an empty, installed carseat.

    Maybe call her ped and ask if there is anything you should do in the meantime? Like an eye patch–Let’s play pirates!–to help strengthen the weaker eye.

  3. February 28, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Wait I thought waiting was supposed to happen when healthcare became socialist. I thought in our capitalist system we got in right away and this was the main argument for making sure not everyone gets to go to the doctor. No?

    No need to weap – vote for the right candidate – let other’s weap – it’s their turn already!

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