Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mid Week With Pete

Pete is below 300 pounds.  I'm excited for him, even if he is a bit reserved about it.

He went to his behavioral health appointment yesterday.  It's the last thing that he needs to complete (other than the insurance phone calls) before he can schedule the surgery.  He came away frustrated and I don't blame him.

First of all, he's had the appointment for about 60 days.  The mental health clinics around here schedule out that far.  He went to the appointment early, just as they told him to.  When he got there, there receptionist told him that they had double booked the appointment time.  He was angry.  They told him to have a seat and see if the other person showed for the time slot and to see what the doctor had to say about trying to fit him in.  The other person did show up and told the receptionist that she no longer wanted the surgery, but wanted to see the doctor about her overeating.  Again Pete was angry.  Then they came out to Pete and told him that the doctor would not be able to fit him into the schedule.  The whole exchange left a bad taste in his mouth for the clinic and the way they handled it.

Then they informed him that he could reschedule with the doctor for his appointment*s*.  Appointments?  It turns out that Pete will meet with the doctor initially and talk about his plan for the surgery.  Then he'll have to take the MMPI test.  Then he goes back for a session with the doctor for follow up questions about the testing results.  Then he has a final appointment where the doctor tells him her recommendations as far as the surgery.

Again, Pete is upset.  No one told him it was a series of appointments.  I understand his frustration.  Remember this quote from "When Harry Met Sally"?
"I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
It's not that Pete is waiting to spend his life with someone new.  He's tired of waiting for the new him to start life.

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