Navigating the health care system
Well, this morning I'm full of complaints, so reader beware.
You know, when people complain about wait lists in Canada it really gets my proverbial panties in a knot. That's not because there aren't wait lists in Canada -- there are. That's not because I don't think things could be improved over there -- they could.
It's this idea that our health care system is so flawless, that we can just go into the doctor here and set up surgery. And that couldn't be further from the truth if you have anything out of the ordinary.
I have to have complex and unusual surgery on my femur (thigh bone). I found this out August 31st. I've been trying to arrange surgery since then, and I've gotten almost nowhere. First, trying to even figure out which surgeons specialize in what I need is a nightmare. I need a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. That shouldn't be too hard, right? Try finding a pediatric surgeon that will still operate on someone over 18!
Next, in the extremely slow communication world of over-worked nurses, it takes a week emailing back and forth to even approach answers to my questions.
What's this? Finally a doctor in KC who might be able to see me?! Oh, yes, he can help you but his next availabe appointment is February 16th!
I need to have this surgery, which I fully expected to have by now, and I'm just finding that any type of plans I make keep being smashed to pieces before my eyes. It's been such a frustrating ordeal, not in the least because I'm just sitting around, waiting for news, unable to plan what the next however many months of my life are going to be like. I don't think I've ever been so frustrated in my life, and all I can do is wait. And the waiting is hell.