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I Got Bullied By A Nurse

Updated on January 6, 2010


Although this happened prior to the New Year, I’m still seething about it, thus the blog entry. I had gone to the doctor in November for just a usual sort of check up and then went back in December. The first nurse I saw informed me that I was supposed to have come back for the results within two weeks and it had been a month. When I told her that the doctor told me if I didn’t hear from him than nothing was wrong and to make the follow up appointment at my convenience she looked at me with a sneer that seemed to say, “You’re a liar.” When I finally got into the doctor he assured me that most of my levels looked good but that I did needed to go for an additional test due to one of my levels being I don’t know, orange? Do they rate them like the terror threat by color? Who the hell knows?  Anyway, at the time of checking out I made the appointment with the lab to get the test done, only to have to cancel it later due to work scheduling. You can imagine my surprise when I received a phone call on a Friday at 3pm from a nurse from the lab. I got bullied by a nurse – Don’t Get Me Started!

I was driving in my car trying to get some last minute holiday shopping done before I headed to the east coast. I was in a parking lot about to park at the time so I figured it would be safe enough to answer my phone. On the other end was a cheery voice telling me that she was from the lab and had noticed I had cancelled my test. What started off as a friendly conversation soon turned ugly…really ugly and it went something like this:

Nurse: I just wanted to see if you wanted to re-schedule your test.

Me: I’ll need to do it when I get back in town, you see I’m about to go out of town for a couple of weeks for the holidays.

Nurse: Well, did anyone tell you that we have Saturday hours?

Me: No.

Nurse: I have an opening tomorrow at 10am or 10:30am will either of those work for you?

Me: I have another appointment at 11am

Nurse: It only takes fifteen minutes so either one would get you to your appointment in time. Which one would you like?

Me: (admittedly whining a bit) But don’t I have to drink like a gallon of water two hours before the appointment or something?

Nurse: It’s 32 ounces and yes, two hours prior to the test.

Me: But that means I have to get up at 8am to start drinking. I don’t want to do that on my day off. No, I think I’ll just schedule when I get back, thanks.

<Entire Mood and Voice Change>

Nurse: Well, you know you’ve all ready waited two weeks to get this test and the doctor really wanted it as soon as possible. If you don’t come in tomorrow then I’m just going to send this back to the doctor and then you’ll have to go back and see him before you can come to the lab for the test. You’re really just making it more difficult for yourself.

Me: Look, do what you have to do and I’ll deal with it when I get back.

Nurse: We’ll see. (She hangs up)

At first I was proud of myself that I wasn’t bullied into making an appointment when I didn’t want it but the more I thought about it the angrier I became. You see, I know a thing or two about insurance and the end of the year and the more I thought about it the more I realized that she was just trying to get me in by the end of the year. Did she really give a shit if my kidneys were falling out? I think not. On the whole I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I know when I smell a racket! Someone was putting pressure on the nurse to get as many people as she could get in by the end of the year so that they could fill their quotas with the insurance companies and no doubt $25 co-pay me as much as possible.

Whatever happened to the health industry caring about our health? Great that they’ve passed a health care bill that won’t take effect for two years and will be crappy at best but for those of us who faithfully pay our premiums, stay healthy and do what we’re told, why should we be raped too? Or I guess the better question is why don’t we all realize that the health insurance industry and drug companies are all ready raping us more than Catholic priests? No wonder so many people hope they can just stick an herb up their ass and get healed! Doctors used to be Gods you didn’t question and you were in awe of their knowledge and compassion now they’re just prescription writers and “come back in two weeks” when you’ll pay another co-pay criminals. But old habits die hard and there’s a part of me that is sure I’m dying if I don’t go in and get those tests. Rest assured I’ll make that appointment soon but I’m going to be less relieved and more pissed when the results come back that I’m absolutely fine. And what sense does that make? I got bullied by a nurse – Don’t Get Me Started!

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      fuzzylogic 6 years ago

      God, how I hate rude people! I mean, seriously, YOU are the customer so they should be doing their best to please you! Sorry, I tend to get worked up over these things :) I hope you are ok and somehow karma cmes round to bite that nurse in the ass.