So. Ella had her six month check up today.
Despite the fact that she turned seven months old recently…. when we made the appointment during her 4 month check up, this was the soonest they could schedule her in.
Have you heard me complain about her doctor’s office yet?
I hate her Doctor’s office. It is a converted regular office meaning that th weight station is a cubicle desk, the exam rooms are conference rooms with glass walls, and the whole thing is insanely crowded.
Also, the staff tends to not read the chart they are holding… I have been asked how we enjoy WIC despite the fact that we aren’t on WIC, I have been told how impressive it is that I know who Ella’s dad is (?!?), and I have had them think she was some other kid… a little boy.
The office also doubles as an allergy clinic and we have seen stacks of needles (some with meds (or soemthing?) in them) just lying about.
We arrive 20 minutes early. We learned last time that they intermix the walk in people with the appointment people and last time despite having an appointment, we waited for over two hours on the waiting room.
The office us dark. Empty.
Totally empty. Apparently they had moved locations.
And hadn’t bothered to tell us.
So, we drive to the new location.
(We had picked this Dr because of the location btw, We have to have a pediatrician who is both in our insurance and within walking distance. This was the only dr that was both.)
Ok, new location…. Technically still walking distance, but it will be a looooooing walk.
The new location isn’t a Pediatrician / Allergy Clinic anymore.
It’s a pediatrician /Urgent Care facility.
So, crowded and now the walk in people get preference over the appointment people.
We sign in. We are still technically early. We are also number 11 on the list.
We are lucky to grab a chair. The room is crowded and it just gets more so. Standing room only.
We get called back. They rush Matthew and Ella through the weighing and measuring (on a better surface this time). Meanwhile I pay the co-pay. When I finish paying the gal says “Ok, great, have a great day!” I say, “We haven’t had our appointment yet.”
She is confused.
I join Matt and Ella in the examining room.
Ella gets fussy.
We feed her a bottle, we play on the floor, we sing songs….
We are in this room for over an hour.
Finally the doctor comes in… not our normal doctor, but, we are quick to realize, a drastic step up.
She is friendly, talkative, she asks questions she answers our questions, she gives good information, she is great with Ella!
She tells us that the wait was so long because they had us mislabeled.
Ella gets her shots and is very brave, she cries but settles quickly.
Then back to the front to set up the next appointment and we escape the office almost 2 and a half hours after we arrived.
Home now… Ella basically got her bottle late, her fruit late, skipped her morning nap… in other words, the schedule is all out of whack… who knows how long it will take to get her back to normal….
Oh the joys!
Oh right… Dr office stats: she is 20.4 pounds, 27 inches long! Hooray!