Gavin’s appointment didn’t go well.  Actually it didn’t go at all

I don’t normally vent in a manner this uncensored but I’m fucking pissed. If I have any hope of sleeping tonight I need to purge just a little bit. 

We had an appointment with the boys psychiatrist tonight. Actually, we were supposed to have a appointment.  

For the most part, and Emmett were just med checks, so it’s not a huge deal for them.  In regards to though, it’s an entirely different situation.  

We needed this appointment for him because of everything he has going on right now.  Unfortunately, we ended up leaving without being seen.  

Our appointment was at 6pm and we were there by fifteen minutes till.  
Reception was already shutdown and there was no office staff present to sign us in or let us know what the wait was going to be.  

Shortly after we sat down in the lobby with our three kids, two of which were already wanting to go home, we were joined by another . Turns out they were waiting for the same doctor and their appointment was at 5:30pm. 

Time went on and we learned that there was still someone with a 5:15pm appointment and they weren’t seen until between 6:15 and 6:30pm.

As more time went by, the boys were getting really upset because we had already been waiting for damn near an hour and a half and there was still a family in front of us that still hadn’t been seen yet.  No one had even come around to give us any information either. 

The boys couldn’t wait anymore and it’s was already close to bedtime. We left about 7:30pm and the family with the 5:30pm appointment still hadn’t been seen. 

This family’s son was older, maybe Gavin’s age and he was very patient. 

Unfortunately, our two youngest were far too anxious and upset to last any longer. We had to leave or the boys would never sleep tonight and frankly, the had already started. 

This is really frustrating because the last time we were there, we got bumped for an emergency appointment for someone else.  

What really pisses me off is that it was already impossible to get seen to start with but now our insurance will only cover appointments on Mondays. That means everyone with a form of Medicaid, can only be seen on Mondays. This makes it even more impossible to be seen.  

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  • dotdash

    Child psychiatrists are very very difficult to find, no matter what your insurance restrictions or where you live. There just aren’t enough of them. Residency programs in psychiatry + pediatrics are long and hard and there won’t be any more of those slots coming any time soon. If you have a psychiatrist who knows your kids, hang onto them, even if there is a glitch here and there. I would rather start over with any other doctor, , therapist, priest — anyone — rather than lose our child psychiatrist.

    • You’re absolutely right. The idea of starting over is not a pleasant one. At the same time, our situation anymore is more the opposite in the sense that glitches are the norm and running smoothly is the exception to the rule.

      I was really upset last night cause this just keep happening but having cooled off, I think you’re right about hanging in there.

      Like I said in the post, last night I was running on emotion and frustration. Today I’m in a much better place.. ☺

      Thanks Dot…. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.