No, not laughable. I think everyone would rather get it from a doctor, but when you feel terrible and you've got to the end of your tether and your doctor is telling you it's in your head or whatever, that's what happens.
I think some of us have seen behind the curtain and realise the whole process is kind of random so it changes how you feel about it. My endo only gave me t3 because I'd already got it from a private doctor. Why couldn't he have done that months before when I was having to miss out on all kinds of stuff because I was so ill? I kept jumping through his hoops, waiting eagerly for the next appt and being sent away w the inevitable levo. My poor partner's birthday that year ended up having to work around how breathless and bloated I was and his weekend away can't have been very much fun for him. Multiply that by 365 for the year before I was on t3. All it took was one doctor to say yes, and now I get it through my gp. But I've bought it online because I got sick of the gp holding the cost over my head. I refuse to wait for the day they decide to take it from me.
I'm sure this sounds very earnest and I hope it doesn't sound cross as I don't mean it to (I'm cross at this frustrating situation, not with any fellow sufferers). I know how you feel and I just want to illustrate what the other side of this experience looks like. I don't think a single person here is cavalier about self-treatment.