I’ve been a resident of North Carolina almost three months and so far it’s been a great change for us. I was worried about finding good doctors to take over Sophie’s care but I was lucky to find a really great pediatrician who is very proactive in working with me to keep her healthy. The other eight specialists have been a challenge to schedule as there are no local specialists. I have to travel to UNC which is an hour and forty-five minutes away. I have to get all the kids on the bus and be back home in time to get them off and I have had no luck in UNC’s scheduling department. It seems the only times they have available just won’t work for me.
In Florida when I needed to see a specialist there were plenty locally and I would be given a referral to set up the appointment and give to them once we arrived. Here it does not work that way and I don’t like it. Here the doctor sends the referral over to the specialist and they call you back with an appointment. How that makes any sense is beyond me, I just cannot comprehend how you would schedule someone an appointment without checking with them to see if they are able to make the specific time slot. One of these appointments I received via mail a month after the doctor sent out the referral and when I called to reschedule they moved the appointment to almost two months out.
I knew that moving to this area would demand more driving distance for specialist but I never thought it would be so frustrating to try to set up an appointment at a time that I could actually make. I thought it would be pretty simple. The last bus comes at 7:30am so if I could I could hit the road as soon as the last bus was off to school it would give me a good two hours drive time. That is I would need to get and appointment between 9:30-10:00am this would give me a good two hours for the appointment and I should make it back to the bus stop in time to get the kids home. But, no one has morning slots open on the days I need how wonderful, right! NOT!!! And I cannot allow the kids to skip school not to mention I babysit two other children. I cannot go to an appointment with Sophie and five other kids, I won’t survive!
As much as I like it here I am really hating the appointment procedures!!!