......thanks to everyone who's encouraged me in the past to ditch the rude, dismissive, unhelpful consultant & be pro-active in helping myself.
I had an appointment with him on 8thJuly so I went in to his chest clinic the previous week to ask nicely to see someone else instead.
After a slight verbal curfuffle it was changed to my seeing one of his registrars (a madam jobsworth insisted I couldn't see another consultant, only a registrar. I wonder if that's true).
Mrs Nice came out: "dont you worry my love, that's no problem, we'll change it for you" & assists nice young chap manning their computer to change it. Anyway a great relief to know I wouldn't have to see him again and a non stressful few days until my appt.
Went in nice & early on 8th, at reception stated my name to jobsworth, appt at 11.10 & that I was to see an unnamed registrar. "Oh no" said she, "your appt is with Prof ..... at 11.20.
"No, no" I say nicely, but quaking inside. It's 11.10 with a registrar. Nice young man looks worried.
"No it isn't, you're seeing Prof ......."
"Er, No, I popped in last week to change it. I dont want to see him so a very nice lady & this young man kindly changed it for me" (now a little weak with terror at the possibility of seeing Prof or standing my ground or having a punch up).
"No you didn't", my jaw drops & I'm speechless for a moment. Young man cant remember & they find nothing on computer.
As I'm repeating - nicely, while deep breathing to avoid coronary & white with rage - my special trip in last week when Mrs Nice comes out, "oh hello love, I remember, we changed it for you didn't we young man". And all was calm again. Back to my seat to relax - for an hour........
Big smile on my face when I hear my name called, turn to the speaker and it's bl..dy HIM!
"Come through" he says as he turns away "No, I think there's been a mistake, I'm seeing someone else today" I say to his back.
"No, you're seeing me". "No, I'm seeing a registrar". No, you're seeing me, we're sharing". "I dont think so thank you" say I to his back. "I'll re-appoint & come another day".
Finally the penny drops & he gives me some eye contact and says "oh, do you want to see someone else". Phew, at last. Panic over.
An hour later a lovely young woman comes out. A very warm greeting, says "I'm Caroline, I've read through your notes, this is your 3rd visit and I cannot understand why you haven't had a CT scan. Lets start at the beginning". So we did.
I'll stop waffling now. (I'm avoiding doing some cleaning or some planting in the garden.
CT scan tomoz and hopefully a diagnosis down the line, followed by the right treatment to manage whatever condition I have. Just in time for the winter, cant wait.
I couldn't have stood my ground without the knowledge I've picked up here over the last few months so thank you again.
I hope you're all feeling alright and have some respite from the heat. peeg xx