I wasted my whole morning at the Dr's office AND I MISSED MY RUN.
I had an appointment at 10 am with a vein specialist. I made an appointment several weeks ago and they called to reschedule for today. No biggy I understand things happen. I got there 20 min early thinking I would need time to fill out a ridiculous amount of paper work like we always do at the doctor's office. When I arrived there nobody was at the front desk, I was not sure what to do so I walked in and I saw someone who told me to go sit in the recovery room. I sat there....and I waited and waited and waited.
At 11 am I got up to go see if someone was working in that office!
I see a gal and she says "it will only be a few more minutes!"
We don't have the same definition of "A FEW"
11:15 comes and I start thinking about leaving because I had to be at the school at 12:30 at the latest.
Then a patient comes in the room, her legs are wrapped in compressions. She looks at me and asks if I am a patient so I say yes. She says " You are? your legs look great! did he fixed them for you?" I say no not yet. She asked me several questions about why I was there and kept saying that my legs looked good, I got a little annoyed I must say.
Finally a nurse, not even sure she was a nurse..someone dressed like a nurse, comes and call my name. I get in a room and meEt the Doctor. He does not apologize for being over 90 minutes behind schedule and he proceeds to ask me all the questions that we usually answer on the traditional forms and he enters the answers on the computer himself! I could not believe it! Why not do all that crap with a nurse BEFORE seeing the Dr! He had a hard time getting the info in and it was taking forever. All I could think about was that I would be late to pick up Jonathan. The nurse came in and asked for my card insurance and I say that I would pay now because I would have to leave quickly after we are done with the Dr's visit.
This was the craziest office I have ever been to. Completely unorganized. I was there for my varicose vein and all he wanted to talk about was my thyroid and the fact that I looked stressed! He took my blood pressure and resting HR and he asked if I was a runner. Only bonus points he scored with me!!! BP 100/60 and resting HR 58.
I WAS WONDERING IF HE WOULD EVER LOOK AT MY LEGS! Finally he did.
He said he would need to do an ultrasound for the insurance company to see if they would approve paying for the treatment. OK so I was standing and he puts the cold gel and starts the ultrasound. After a few minutes he says: "This will not work because you have goosebumps!" WHAT???? He says you should have stayed warm in the waiting room (I was wearing shorts thinking it would help since I was there for my LEGS) and you should have drank a lot of water. Well it would have been nice if someone would have told me about both those things when I made my appointment! He said I should make another appointment and we will try this again another day! ALL that waste of time for NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!
I was furious!
He told me it would cost me $300 to fix one vein and that the recovery would be 2 weeks.
2 weeks of wearing compression socks 24/7.
2 weeks of no running.
He said "we can do this before the spring so you are ready for your racing season!" ??? Hello racing season? in the Spring? in Southern California??? hmmm?
I don't even know that we have a real racing season here since it is pretty much all year long but if I had to choose one I would pick the winter months!
So I got no answer, no plan, no nothing. Still at square one but with frustrations.
Not sure I will go back.
Other doctor who could help me is in Los Angeles...that sucks a little.
To be continued.
Running this week:
Monday: 3 miles recovery, my legs were pretty sore from my 10k.
Tuesday: 4 miles in light rain! I loved it!
Wednesday: boooo hoooo
Thursday: Speedwork 400s or tempo: 5 miles..I don't know if the weather is cool and nice I will have a hard time going to the gym.
Sat: 3 miles
Sunday: 8 miles
This week is Red Ribbon Week at school: Say no to Drugs.
Every day they have something going on, Sunglasses day, crazy socks, PJs day and today crazy hair day!! Hilarious!!!
|Will's 2nd grade class. Will: 4th from left|
|Jonathan's K-1 class. |
See how tall Jonathan is (2nd from right)? Boy next to him is in 1st grade.