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Monday, October 11, 2004

What do you mean April 7th?

I just called my dermatologist's office to make an appointment. I am lucky that I've never had bad skin or acne problems but I have had a few ailments that have resulted in my needing to visit a dermatologist. Today's particular ailment is a mole on my face. Luckily it is not a big mole, nor is it very noticeable in general, but to me it is awful. I have hated it since I was young and have finally decided to get it removed. I also have two moles on my upper chest that I would like to have taken off too. Again, not big or ugly necessarily, but I would like to have them done away with.

There are 3 doctors (2 males and 1 female) at the office I use and I have seen 2 of them (1 of the males and the female). I like the female best so when I called my dermatologist to make the appt I asked for her. Now, silly me, I thought surely 6-8 weeks would be plenty of time to get me in, or at least by the end of the year. The date I was given you ask. April 7, 2005! I am not joking when I give you this date. That's almost 6 MONTHS away. M.O.N.T.H.S. Yes, months! When I sounded shocked the woman I was speaking to acted as though that was a standard time period.

Of course being the negotiator that I am I asked if there were any appointments available with the other doctors for a sooner time. She asked which one and I said either. Then she asked if I wanted to be seen in my city or the one 30 minutes away to which I responded either. 30 minutes seems reasonable to me to be seen sooner than 6 months from now. I will now be seeing the male doctor I have seen previously on December 22nd, 2004, a mere 10 weeks from now.

I know this may just be a dermatology appointment but there is something seriously wrong with a doctors office if 6 months seems standard. Maybe I'm crazy but I hope this isn't the trend for all doctor's practices.


Blogger Dawn Marie said...

6 months?? What is this woman? A freeking miracle worker? lol Glad you were able to get an earlier appointment, but 10 weeks still seems insane to me!

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree with Dawn Marie. Six months is laughable. Either you must live in a very, very small town where dermatologists are limited or they are understaffed and cannot accomodate any more patients. I'm used to seeing specialists (excluding RE's) between 1-6 weeks time. Luckily for you, your condition isn't that serious. I hope that the 10-week wait won't be so bad for you.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

The anon above was me - sorry. I don't know why it was on Anon when my name is usually checked. Crazy Blogger.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

It is the exact same way here! I tried to get into the dermo once and it took almost a year! Ridiculous! I'm glad you are getting in sooner.

1:06 PM  

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