I really believe that doctors, particularly specialists/surgeons, are in dire need of a reality check.
I went to see a surgeon today on referral from my (new-to-me) GP about some issues I’ve been having with my gallstones. The surgeon took one look at my ultrasound scans (done 5 years ago) and basically implied that I’m a ticking time bomb as my gallbladder is diseased and ‘totally full of sludge and gallstones’.
Well, okay, then. He essentially said I need to have the gallbladder out as soon as possible – when can I have it done? I said “Well, I probably can’t have it done until after I get back from my trip in October/November.” That was apparently the worst idea in the history of bad ideas, because what would happen if I was overseas and had a major gallstone attack? I had a pretty bad one 10 months ago… he seems to think it’s only a matter of time and how have I not had another one before now?
Me: “Maybe early October?”
Him: “What’s wrong with September?”
Me: *mental facepalm*
I tried to tell him how short-staffed we are at work and I can’t do that to them. He eventually relented and thought we should aim for 2 October but I should confirm with work first and then let his receptionist to know to book it in.
WELL. That was all before I actually received the quote for the surgery, which I was given as I was paying for today’s consultation. Let’s just say that the surgery is not happening any time in the next 6 months AT LEAST. I certainly don’t have $2000+ lying around to hand over… and that’s not even including hospital fees or anaesthetist fees!
WTF is wrong with specialists/surgeons that they all seem to think people just have that kind of money lying around? Like, seriously. Most people I know DON’T have that sort of money saved up and are, as in my case, just about living paycheck to paycheck. It’s not ideal, but can’t really be helped in some cases, y’know?
So I came home and cried because he’s put the fear of God into me, thinking the ‘diseased organ’ is going to end up killing me and OMG YOU NEED THIS SURGERY NOW… but I don’t have the money. As a singleton who is renting, commuting every day to Brisbane and therefore paying those petrol/parking costs (mind you, public transport is not THAT much cheaper!)… how the F**K am I mean to afford this goddamn surgery?!
Universe, do me a solid, please. Just a small lotto win is all I’m asking. I’d be happy with $5000. I could get the surgery and pay off my last small debt and then we could call it square. I swear.
Meanwhile, if you could give every specialist/surgeon with unrealistic ideas of the world a great big KICK UP THE BUTT and a reality check… I’d appreciate it.