Many kind friends and family members have been asking for an update on my medical situation, but I haven’t had one to give them. Well, here’s all I’ve got:
Tues Oct 6th: Saw my cardiologist. Secretary Lori sent requisitions for different tests to two different hospitals.
Thurs Oct 8th: Called Lori. She told me to sit tight, I will hear from hospitals directly.
Tues Oct 13th: Called Lori and left message. No response.
Wed Oct 14th, 10am: Called Lori. She told me to sit tight, I will hear from hospitals directly.
10:30am: Called first hospital. They are missing a part for the bike machine, so can’t book me for bike echo. Recommended that I have Lori book me for this test at the Heart Institute with my other tests. Why they sat on the requisition all week? Ask Kafka.
11am: Googled the Heart Institute phone number. Navigated a maze of self-serve phone options. Reached Linda, who told me that they don’t take requisitions via fax, and so they were never going to book my appointment. She told me that there have been patients waiting six months before phoning to find out that they don’t take requisitions via fax! So why don’t they fix this process? Ask Kafka.
Linda told me that Lori must call her to book the test, and I need to walk in with the requisition in hand. Linda would not call Lori herself, but she did give me her direct line so that Lori wouldn’t have to navigate the phone system that I had dealt with.
1pm: Called Lori, who told me that she was swamped, but would try to call Linda today.
If you don’t know why I feel like Joseph K, I recommend Kafka’s The Trial.
Edited to add: Tests scheduled at Heart Institute for November. It’s gonna be a long wait.