Today, I am just here to say that the hunt is on. I think it is high time to find a new endocrinologist. Now, don't get me wrong, my current endo, Dr. B, is actually a really nice lady. She's really helpful when I go in for checkups. Yet thanks to the practice she is a part of, I have issues.
First of all, they never make reminder calls. Ever. I've even checked to make sure they have my phone number on file, and they have it. It's correct. Perhaps I should just keep better track of my own appointments by logging them on Google Calendar or putting appointment cards somewhere where they're easy to find, but all of my other doctors (GP, psychiatrist, gynocologist) have made reminder calls. Why not the doctor who should be most important to me? Also, since they charge a $25 missed appointment fee, I'd REALLY like to know when I'm supposed to be there.
Second, I usually arrive to my appointments right on time. Then I end up waiting a minimum of 20 minutes for the nurse to even call me back for the weigh/measure/blood pressure rigamarole. That's a minimum. Often, I am trying to get back to work after an appointment. People tend to talk if you have been gone for two hours in the middle of the day for a doctor's appointment that is only a few miles away. Also, the current endo's office is somewhat closer to where I work, while all my other doctors and my dentist are very close to my home. It's inconvenient for me to make morning appointments at my current endo's office because it's a distance to travel without traffic, and the morning rush in that area can be harrowing.
Last but not least, all of these annoyance factors combine to keep me from going to the endo's office at all. I have not been to see her in over six months because I just get frustrated at the practice itself. Dr. B hasn't done anything wrong. I really wish that I could just transplant her to my neighborhood in an office where she's the lone endo. She was even recommended to me this way: "Dr. B is great! But don't bother seeing anyone else in her practice." I think she just needs to get out and find a practice of her own, but until that day comes, I think I'm endocrinologist shopping.
Have you ever had to "break up" with an endocrinologist you've otherwise liked? [I'm thinking for a reason other than moving. I switched endos' offices when I moved from Delaware to Pennsylvania, obviously. That was a natural transition.]