This doctor was crazy

United States
August 11, 2010 6:54pm CST
I have been looking for a new doctor. I like the doctor I currently go to but if I am sick and call, the soonest I can get an appointment is usually a month away. So I got an appointment with another doctor covered by my insurance and went to see him today. Boy, was I shocked! When I walked in the door I noticed that carpet was missing, the carpet needed vacuumming, and it smelled like a mixture of motel and cigarette smoke. The receptionist was dresses in what I would consider lounge wear. This was my first signal that I should just walk out but I didn't. I waited in the waiting room for 45 minutes. Finally she called me back and took my blood pressure and oxygen rate. She said the doctor wasn't there yet (it's 9:45am) by this time but hopefully would be there soon. I sat in the exam room for about 1 hour until he got there. The doctor came in with his shirt all wrinkled and sweat all over his face. So he asks a bunch of questions and sends me out for a urine specimen. The woman that showed me to the restroom looked like a ... well I can't say what she looked like on here! She was wearing bright red lipstick (I mean like apple red) that was exaggerated to make her lips look huge, her eyebrows were painted on and were very thick and highly arched, and her cheeks had red rouge covering the whole sides of her face. Not to mention that her shirt was low enough that you could see everything (no exaggeration). When I got to the bathroom the ceiling fixture was hanging open with no bulb because she said she forgot to buy bulbs so there was a lamp in there. I later find out that she is the doctors wife and he has to tell her how to write up the labs and such. Oh yeah, he was cussing in the room with me too. He decides that I need bloodwork done so of course who gets to do it.... yep, the wife. She tried for 10 minutes to get the needle in my vein (I've never had this problem before). She only stuck my one time, the rest of the time she was just wiggling the needle in my arm. By this time I really don't have a good feeling at all about this visit. I finally tell her that I think she is going to have to stop and just try another time. She takes this as me meaning that I was getting sick and I didn't tell her any different. I just wanted to get out of there... I was really getting creeped out. I left, no blood work got done and I have no intentions on going back! What do you think of this? I normally don't judge people on their appearance but this was just too much today.
4 responses
@BigTips (305)
• China
12 Aug 10
Obviously, they were not professional doctors indeed. So, all what you need to do is to try your best to find those REAL reliable doctors. According to what I know, these days, it is really a difficult task for us to find a quality doctor even if we have made much efforts on this case.
• United States
12 Aug 10
It's just really scary to think of the patients that will continue going to this doctor. He tried to prescribe me medicine that I didn't even need for a gallbladder problem. My gallbladder was removed 4 years ago. I shredded the prescription when I got home.
@magtibaygom (4865)
• Philippines
12 Aug 10
Good thing you have bailed out yourself out of that dungeon! What I am worried about is the cleanliness of the needle they stuck on you while getting some blood... You have mentioned the clinic was so damn dirty... I am worried about the needle they use.. It's a good way to acquire HIV.
• United States
12 Aug 10
Good point! But at least the needle was clean. I was there while she washed and put on gloves and opened the needle from a sterilized package. I should have just left as soon as I realized I had made a mistake!
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
12 Aug 10
wow, sounds scary to me too! didnt sound like they were too professional. time for a new dr!
• United States
12 Aug 10
Exactly, they were not professional at all. I'll be lucky not to have nightmares tonight!
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
12 Aug 10
Maybe the insurance company should be notified. They will not know if they should keep him on the list of qualified doctors unless someone helps them to warrant an investigation.