“Your doctor screwed up.”

Never thought I would hear another doctor say this about a referring doctor, but it happened today. This just furthers my case I have been building since 2009 and my ACL injury, followed by the statin and Vitamin D prescriptions to the latest in a series of follies that have me very frustrated…check that pissed off as it relates to my most recent injury, my left knee.

Let me quickly recall the folly as it has taken place to date. Sunday, March 4, I play soccer for the first time in about 9 months. In an “I told you so” moment, I hurt my left knee after falling on the outside of the knee. Later that evening I am working on my knees and I hear a pop, suddenly I have a shooting pain on the inside of my knee. The following day I get an appointment with the nurse practitioner since the doctor isn’t available.

After work I stop by the office for my appointment and after waiting 15 minutes I am admitted to a room to wait for the nurse practitioner. About 5 minutes pass and she walks in and asks some routine questions pertaining to what I thought and how I hurt my knee. She spends no more than 5 minutes with and says “it’s just sprained.” Followed by the standard, ice, heat, elevation and an anti-inflamatory medication, which she was too thrilled to prescribe. She also noted on my record physical therapy IF I wanted it. I declined, but the note stayed on my record, so I could call and they would send off the referral.

A week goes by and the knee doesn’t improve, it’s swollen, sore and honestly I am having a difficult time walking. I call and ask for a referral to my orthopedic surgeon. I am told I cannot have that because the nurse practitioner would need to see me for a follow up, but the doctor wouldn’t. Figure that out. So I take the physical therapy since it was the only referral I was granted. I call and make appointments, but the soonest they can see me April 3!

I give it a day and call back and tell them I am in excruciating pain and walking is becoming a difficult. I get an appointment for Tuesday and the nurse’s assistant has me strip to my shorts as I wait for the nurse practitioner to see me. She walks in and right away her demeanor is different. She can see something now with me knee, she obviously couldn’t feel in her 5 minutes with me the week prior. She pulls and yanks at my knee and says, “your meniscus is torn.” She then writes up another prescription and a referral to the orthopedic surgeon.

Today, some 2 weeks after my injury I finally get to the orthopedics’s office. As seems to be customary, I was on time, but waited about 40 minutes before I get into a room, in my skivvies waiting for the orthopedic surgeon. The first words out of his mouth after he greets me, “you know, your doctor screwed up.” I explain my frustration to him, why I don’t know but then he says, there is nothing I can do since the doctor did not request x-rays. Thankfully one of his assistants was nice enough to get me the referral to get x-rays done on my left knee. Unfortunately, he didn’t even ask about the injury and I had to reschedule my appointment for Wednesday.

So that 30 minute appointment turned into a 3 hour fiasco, but I did get the x-rays and I am just livid with my primary doctor’s office. I believe that was the final straw for me. Hell, I might not even go back to get his opinion on what his prescription of Vitamin D has done for my alleged deficiency after I get my blood test in about 2 weeks. I can’t believe I have had such a poor and frustrating experience. I am sure not all doctors are this bad or experiences this frustrating. Unfortunately for me I have just seem to draw the poor luck when it comes to doctors. While I am still looking for a new primary care physician, the list is quite long, some 300 doctors in our local area, all accepting new patients. To be honest it is somewhat mind boggling because outside of reading reviews on the Internet how does someone know if they are going to get a physician they like? So the search continues, but my journey has only just begun, much like resolving this left knee pain. More on Wednesday…