So I’ve been waiting for a GI appointment for five months now. I was told five months ago that a referral had been sent.
I worked up the courage yesterday to call the GI’s office. They called me back this morning and told me that a referral had never been sent. All this time I’ve been waiting for a call about an appointment.
The specialist that did this has done this before. It’s not the first damn time. Not only that this is the same specialist that took me in a room shut the door and fondled me.
It’s why I asked for a referral to see a GI rather than have to go back to him again. Not that he ever told me I was supposed to follow up. I heard that from one of my specialists out of town.
The very first time I ever saw him, I thought he was great. He was the first one to diagnose me. After that, things went downhill. Four hour wait times past my appointment to see him, disappearing from the room in the middle of an appointment, treating me really bad just before I had my scopes done by him. Mr. CrankyPants was witness to that one. I had my scopes done after the incident as I hadn’t realized what happened wasn’t just an exam. It’s the scope situation and how bad he treated me that gave me the epiphany. You don’t always realize in the moment what’s happening. Call it freezing or shock. It’s hard to put into words. Your brain can’t wrap around the reality of what’s happening. Having been a sexual abuse survivor, my brain just couldn’t cope with it and when it was ready it hit hard.
Not returning phone messages. Or his staff didn’t answer at all. I had been in process of debating whether to report him for the fondling thing. The reason it’s been a tough decision is because it’s not likely much will be done and I’ll be the one going through hell after reporting it. If it does go anywhere, there could be a hearing. We plan to move out of province and if there’s a hearing I’d have to come back for it. The process can take up to a year.They would pay. You all know how hard travel is, not to mention the stress of a hearing. Even with a hearing, if they believe me there’s not much they will do. They’ll watch him but let him keep practicing.
After this and finding out he’s the reason my neighbour died. I’ve decided to report him. Maybe a mark on his record will be enough to stop him from doing it to someone else. Maybe there’s others like me who are too scared to report or have reported.
Really nice how the bad guy’s off the hook whilst their victims suffer basically for life. I already had a fear of Dr.’s that was pretty extreme for reasons I just can’t talk about right now.
Now this Dr. has made things all the worse.
I’m so very tired of fighting with our medical system. They are supposed to take care of us and have our best interests at heart. Sadly it’s very rarely the case anymore.
Sometimes I feel like saying to hell with it all in regards to my lack of health and just let nature take it’s course. It seems the meds and the medical system are no better than the diseases.
Sorry guys, I’m just so livid today. They’ve pushed me too far.
To end on a positive note, the GI’s office was great. They very obviously dislike the doc that caused all this. They told me exactly what to do to get a referral quickly. I did that. They said they’ll wait for it and get me in asap and they apologized for the other Docs negligence. That was so welcomed in the moment.
I won’t say I didn’t cry with frustration. And I rarely cry.
What would you guys do re reporting or not? Would you get a Lawyer involved?
Rainbows & Sunshine,