I have been wanting to change pediatricians for several months now, but keep putting it off because there really is no reason, other than I just don't like ours. Is that reason enough to make a change? I felt like if I did change it would be rude because he hasn't done anything wrong. Well, I have just scheduled an appointment with a new pediatrician, and it is not because of our peditricain, but his office.
This morning we went for Antalya's 18 month visit. I admit, I arrived 5 minutes late. That was my fault, and I should have made a bigger effort to arrive on time - but I was only 5 MINUTES LATE. Antalya was not happy with me, since the appointment was right during her morning nap (it was originally scheduled so that it would be a good time of the day for her, but a month ago the Dr's office called and said they had to reschedule). There was one person in the waiting room when I arrived. We got checked in, and started to wait. The room filled up with about 4 or 5 other people, and then I watched as one by one they all got called back. So then I asked how much longer of a wait and was told I was next. So we waited. One by one more kids filled in to the office, and one by one they all got called back after waiting about 5 or 10 minutes. After we had been there over 30 minutes Antalya was screaming and I was done! I asked to reschedule and was told the soonest would be in July. Are you joking? You can guess what I did. I picked up our stuff and we left.
On our walk home I realized I could have handled the situation a little better. My storming out of there didn't accomplish anything. The problem won't get fixed for the next person, because I never explained the problem nor asked for a solution. The Dr will never know why we didn't keep our appointment, and why we are never going back. Why is it so hard sometimes for me to control my emotions and communicate problems, rather than just get upset and walk away?
Hopefully I can remember this experience and handle things a little better if it comes up again. We have to wait over a month to see our new doctor, but I have heard a lot of good recommendations from other T21 mom's in the area, so I hope it is worth the wait!