that this has to become a goal. I’m so angry.
It’s been three years since my last, so I’m a year overdue, but I’ve been prevented from doing it on two occasions and NOW I’M ANGRY because this is a basic neccesity and it’s hard enough without other people failing to do their blooming job.
Months ago I said to myself that I was just going to do it. I’d procrastinated because there’s no female doctor at my medical centre anymore, but I thought bugger it, I’ll bite the friggin bullet because I have to.
I got to my medical centre… it was closed for some family emergency. Bugger that, I thought, and turned and went to the one down the street. I’m going to GET THIS DONE.
I waited… the doctor on duty was an older doctor and seemed nice, so he’s been-there-done-that and this will be done and I’ll be fine.
But no… he back-peddled faster than I could have done and said he shouldn’t do it because he was just a locum, not one of the doctors at this surgery. The spineless fraud. And he called himself a doctor. Even I could give myself the darn PAP smear with the new thin-prep scraper… it’s not that hard! You scrape some cells, you send them off for analysis! For crying out loud!
I went home, just a happy not to have some stranger poking around where they shouldn’t be poking around, but angry that I had been strong and stepped up to have this done only to be knocked back by a dithering incompetent doctor.
Months along, my medical centre employs a nurse a day a week specifically to do PAP smears and breast exams… great, I’m not the only one who’s been holding out because it’s uncomfortable presenting to a male doctor to do this (not to mention being LET DOWN already). I make an appointment after work and rock up on time.
I wait. Patients for the doctors come and go. I get into an all-in discussion with four other patients in the waiting room, much to my enjoyment, despite the lady with pneumonia who wouldn’t cover her mouth when she coughed.
I wait. I start to notice people who arrived after me are seeing the doctor and leaving. I’ve been waiting for an hour and a half and the place closes in an hour. I get up and ask the receptionist about my appointment with the nurse.
The receptionist looks startled. She checks my appointment then checks to see if my chart was waiting in the nurse’s waiting pile. Then I’m informed the nurse has just left… someone must have put my file away… would I like to make another appointment next week?
You’ve got to be kidding. I’m pretty sure the receptionist grabbed the wrong file (some other patient was called and wasn’t in the waiting room) or didn’t grab my file at all when she asked me to sit and wait.
No… I had an appointment. I did not want another. Why can’t I just get my freaking PAP smear done.
I might have slammed the sliding door a little when I left.
I am angry. Incompetent people doing incompetent jobs. There’s no consequences for their bungling. Usually these people are employed in government departments… but I forget… they’re EVERYWHERE.
One word baby… karma…
I still have to have this thing done.