Since I understand that you must be a very busy man I shall make this short and sweet. I suspect that I might have cracked/broken/smashed a teeny weeny little bone in my right foot. I say suspect since I’m no professional in the medical area, but have had plenty bones broken, ligaments torn, bones completely smashed etc, and therefore I think I’m entitled have an opinion on this.
I realise that you will probably tell me the same thing you tell every other unsuspecting patient be it over the phone or otherwise…”make an appointment and come and see me”. I have 2 problems with this.
First of all I am absolutely petrified of doctors. As in I get completely hysterical, I cry, I become a spoilt little child who likes throwing tantrums.This is a big problem. You’d think that after the 2 weeks in hospital and all follow up visits I’d have grown used to you people in white lab coats..but no…I’m still petrified.
The second problem is more of an ethical one. I have a problem with the fact that a doctor can charge me anything between R200 and R400 per visit of 10minutes max! jeepers! and I thought my charge out rate was ridiculous! It doesn’t cost you a cent to quickly glance at my foot, write a little note to the lady at the x-ray centre and send me on my merry way within 2 minutes…this of course after you made me wait for 40minutes…despite the fact that i pitched up on time for my appointment. I think, since I am paying you a small fortune, that you should at least have the decency to see me at the appointed time.
Maybe you can just e-mail me a little note which I can produce to the sweet little lady at the x-ray lab? that way I don’t have to see you and nurse a stomach ulcer due to the stress caused by this and you can save the 2 minutes you are going to spend talking to me…..lets say at a fee of around R50?
I’ll describe the foot to you. Its blue, slightly black, green, purple and very red around the point of impact. Extremely swollen, though I dare say I managed to get rid of the worst of that by applying some herbal stuffies. And it hurts like hell when there is any physical contact, when i have to walk…hell, actually it just hurts like hell all the time….have found that large amounts of alcohol works for a short while, but a more permanent solution would be nice.
I hope that you and I can come to some sort of arrangement in this regards