I am in Houston! I went to a new doctor today, a surgeon to hopefully schedule gallbladder removal. I had a bit of trepidation as (1) I have never met this doctor and, (2) the warnings of others about bureaucracy.
NEITHER was an issue. In fact I was actually startled and pleasantly surprised at the lack of paperwork in order to meet Dr. James Wallace, surgeon. The reception door opened promptly at 11AM, the appointed hour and I was taken to an exam room. Dr. Wallace immediately popped his head in the door and said he was taking my sonogram x-rays to review and would be right back. He was.
He examined me briefly. Showed me a pamphlet on the gallbladder and told me about the procedure.
He asked if I had any questions. I didn't and he ushered me into the office of "Nancy" who had been so gracious in setting up the appointment for me initially.
Nancy immediately made a call to St. Luke's Outpatient Center and confirmed the penciled in appointment that she had previously scheduled. I was then sent from the 24th floor to the 12th, which is St. Luke's pre-
register floor, where all paperwork was efficiently completed by two different individuals while I was there.
Then an EKG, blood pressure check and blood was drawn. I was through.
Information sheets along with a map were given to me and I was told where to go on Monday at 10AM for noon surgery.
Unbelievably smooth and efficient service. Add to that that each person was very polite and courteous. I was extremely impressed.
I don't know what I expected but with all the horror stories, I certainly didn't expect all of this to be completed in under two hours.
All is well with the world.
Monday I will do as they say. I will be where I'm supposed to be. This will all be over and a blip on the memories of life.........hopefully.
The weather is warming up and I intend to enjoy being outside for the next few days before I have to be inside for a couple of days or so.
In Houston at least, the medical world is running as smoothly as ever. Halleluiah.