chicken%@*$

(Insert clucking noises here).

I don’t think I can call the RE’s office to kindly request that they *really* consider giving me an earlier appointment. For starters, I HATE talking on the telephone. I hate the way I think my voice probably sounds. I also don’t want to be one of those patients. I want to be calm. I want to be patient. I want to be nice. Really, it all boils down to this: I want them to LIKE me. I want everyone to like me, especially doctor’s offices that could help us produce the offspring I keep writing about wanting.

Also, this is how I imagine the conversation going:

Office staff: Thank you for calling ______ office. How can I help you?
Me: Uh, uh, I have an appointment with Dr. ______ on August 10th. Um, well, uh, I, uh, I’m a teacher, and that’s after school begins for me. It’s really hard for me to leave in the middle of the day for an appointment.
Staff: Well, that’s the earliest appointment we have with Dr __________.
Me: Well, I was just really hoping for an appointment before that. I had one, and you guys moved it.
Staff: You are automatically placed on a waiting list.
Me: Well, um, how does that work? Can I make sure you know that I can make ANY appointment, ANY time between now and August 5th?
Staff: The computer makes the waiting list.
Me: Ok, well, um, uh, so there’s really nothing I can do.
Staff: Not really.
Me: Uh, OK, sorry. Bye.

Me (after hanging up): &%*#$ *^$#&….(tears).

So, I figure, why go through the hassle?

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~ by Larisa on July 5, 2005.

6 Responses to “chicken%@*$”

  1. Hi, Mrs. Hope:

    I’ve been lurking on your blog for a couple of weeks now.

    CALL THEM!! Take a chance that one of them might be human enough to go beyond the “that’s not my job” indifference and actually stick a post-it note on her scheduling computer with your name and number.

    I know that nurses and medical office personnel are often similar to government employees (NOT teachers, of course) in that their attitude is one of “YES. MAY I HELP YOU.” so they can get back to bitching with their co-workers about the incessant stream of annoying patients who keep showing up and calling and generally providing them with an income!!!!

    Sorry. Please call them. Take that chance. You have nothing to lose by doing so, and lots to lose by missing this opportunity. You can at least say, after the fact, “I DID do everything I could.”

    AND, what if you have success, not only in procuring the appointment, but also the ACTUAL success you’re after? Won’t you be glad you took a deep breath, pictured those bitchy nurses on the john or in their underwear, and MADE the call?

    I know you don’t know me. And I don’t know you. But maybe think about it? I wish you the best!

  2. Give them a call. As long as you are polite I am sure they won’t hold it against you. Remember – they deal with irrational infertile women all day, every day (not that we are all irrational – but I am sure we have all had our moments)! Besides, if you don’t ask – you will never know.

  3. I agree with everyone else. Give them a call. It can’t hurt. All you have to do is be nice and as calm as you can be. The worst they can say is no and then you’ll be no worse off then you were before you called.

  4. No need to be embarrassed. Do you know how often I call them? Its a lot! Even Dr. V said to me yesterday — you know you can call if you have any questions. Also, one time I was checking out there and I overheard another lady saying she was a teacher and needed to work around her schedule and they totally did… so I’d say its worth a shot.

  5. Mrs. Hope, my dear sweet people pleaser (just like me!)…

    What I’ve come to realize is that no matter how annoying or whiney you think you sound- they’ve dealt with a thousand times worse.

    Look at me. I practially barged in to my RE’s office, laid down on the floor, threw my legs up in the air and cried until someone agreed to take a look down there.

    And they love me. At least I think they do. Have you tried the magic bars yet??
    🙂

    -D.

  6. Mrs. Hope,
    Here’s the other thing – they’re probably not really going to like you even if you don’t call. They don’t know you. And as long as you’re not screaming at them they’ll have no reason to dislike you. Even if the conversation plays out as you scripted it, you haven’t lost a bloody thing by calling. Call them!

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