The other night, I got home from work and the gym and realized I had a message. It was a nurse from my doctor’s office who left a message indicating I should call the office as soon as possible.
Ugh. Nothing like giving your patients some anxiety with vague and semi-urgent messages.
It gets better.
I called as soon as the office opened the next morning. I sat on hold forEVER waiting for her to get done with a patient and tell me why she was calling. Finally, after dozing to depressing classical music she picks up.
Me: I’m returning a call you left for me indicating I should call the office.
Nurse: Oh, yes. Dr. Chang wants to make sure you schedule your physical by March.
Me: I actually already have an appointment for next week. Is this in regards to the bloodwork I had Monday?
Nurse: And the doctor will discuss your results when you come for your appointment.
So not the answer I was shooting for. What a jerk! I have my theories about what she’s not telling me, but I thought I’d make it fun.
Predict what’s “wrong” and I’ll send the person with the most accurate prediction my favorite workout mix. Enter by 9am Tuesday, February 23rd.
To help you along, I’ll tell you that the doc ordered the following tests:
- Regular CBC
- Lipid Panel (HDL, LDL, Triglycerides)
- Fasting glucose
- Vitamin D
- Possibly a full metabolic panel–I can’t remember whether she ordered this one this time
- C-reactive protein
And yes, the doc and I will be talking about that nurse’s evasiveness and phone-side manner (though admittedly, I could have specifically stated I wanted the results over the phone).