I Hope They Call 1


I’m currently waiting on a phone call that probably won’t come. I called the doctor’s office this morning, not really expecting to get in today as it is a Monday and everyone and their mother is trying to get in to see the doctor on a Monday morning. I said I was in on Friday and I needed to either be seen or to get some antibiotics because my sinus infection was worse. The reception asked if I really had a sinus infection. (What I wanted to say: Well, gee, that’s what the doctor told me. I know that the summary says allergic rhinitis, but the summary always says something bullshitty on it.)  I told her yes. She asked why he didn’t give me antibiotics then. I explained the whole I’m-allergic-to-almost-every-antibiotic-on-the-planet-so-I-don’t-get-them-until-it-is-an-absolute-necessity thing. She asked what antibiotics I could take. I told her doxycycline. (I bet she writes down that it’s the only one that I can’t take because wouldn’t that make total sense?)

She told me that a nurse would review my file to see what the doctor really said (because asking for a fairly cheap antibiotic that almost no one takes is a sure sign of a drug seeker and an addict) and that the nurse would call me back. I’m not exactly sure if the receptionists are in on the fact that the nurses never call back. My mom needed insulin and they’d called in a prescription that got her enough for about 3 days. She called in to talk to the nurse and they promised the nurse would call back. My mom called the next day and got the same answer. Eventually, I think my mom explained that the nurse wasn’t calling back. She’s done the same when it comes to her blood pressure medicine. I’ve had the same thing happen with ultrasound results, blood test results, etc. Basically, the nurses there don’t call back. They also never seem to have the time to do such frivolous things as take a proper blood pressure–yeah, that’s happened–or to ask a person before touching them with a latex glove if they might get itchy or nearly die when exposed to latex. Of those those are the ones that are always able to get in fights with one another that end up lasting anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour and that all the patients hear.

Yeah, I really don’t have faith that I will get a phone call back.


About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.


One thought on “I Hope They Call

  • Angela

    its shitty service from healthcare workers that us unemployed & truly in need that we both have to deal with while all the well to do patients get the best quality care… makes me lose hope in the overall society. “lets cater to the ones who can afford the ass raping prices we will dole out and fuck who cares what happens to the ones who are truly needing it that can’t afford over priced insurance, etc”

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