I'm frustrated by all of it!
First, a kvetch about insurance. I was sent a lovely brochure from my company with options for my health insurance. My current coverage was in there, so I knew I would be opting for that. But when I signed in to enroll in my benefits for next year, I found that my current coverage is considered an "HMO" even though it's actually a POS plan. Because it is considered an "HMO" and we already have a regional HMO in Kaiser, I cannot choose my existing plan. I had to choose the PPO plan which has higher deductibles and co-pays. I'm pissed because Kaiser is not equivalent in many ways to the plan I currently have, and I would be forced to change all my providers if I switched to them. ACK!
Second, I think that I mentioned that I went to see a cardiologist. Well, the cardiologist neglected to tell me when I went for my stress ECHO not to take my Atenolol beforehand. I had to work really hard to get my heart rate up, which in the process shot my blood pressure through the roof.
I called to make an appointment for follow-up on the test and the blood tests that I had done and I was told that the doctor would call to tell me the results by phone. I waited a couple of days, and he didn't call, so I called again and insisted on booking an appointment. I was put on the waiting list for January/February.
When I got home, the doctor had left a message on my machine saying that my ECHO looked fine, except for the high blood pressure reading and that my blood tests were negative (okay, negative for what, I thought one of the biggest things we were looking for results on was cholesterol). Then this weekend, I get a prescription in the mail from his office with a sticky note attached saying that the doctor wanted me to start on this new blood pressure medication. It's a medication with a pretty consistent side-effect of drowsiness, so I'm not excited by the idea, anyway, but that it's been prescribed in this manner makes me feel more than a little uncomfortable.
I'm off to call the office to have them send me the lab results, so that I can find out what a "negative" cholesterol result is, and then to call my primary care doctor to ask for a consult with her before I start to take this new medication.