Monday, August 17, 2009

Go With the Expensive One

I went to the doctor today to get the xray done that he wanted of my pelvis to see if there were calcifications on my ischial tuberosity. Luckily the xray came out right away and I was able to swing by the doctor's office so he could take a look. The result? There is nothing and so he prescribed me some heat treatments and pushed me out the door. I felt like he didn't even hear what I was trying to say. I have been in excrutiating pain all day long and wanted to explain that. Especially since when I saw him last week, my leg wasn't bothering me that much. He also didn't even take the time to explain the treatment that he had prescribed to me. In any case I was pissed. My leg is killing me, I have been super uncomfortable all day and the damn doctor doesn't really want to help.

So what do I do?

Go with the typical plan of going to an expensive doctor at a good clinic. Normally I take this route always (my gyno is at Clinica Las Condes) because well, there are just too many crappy doctors & crappy resources here in Chile and I don't want to take my chances on out-of-date medicine. But this time I figured I'd give the Colmena clinic a try since it is my insurance and would be cheaper. It is also relatively close to my work, but it costs about $1200 pesos in taxi to get there because of the location. Let's just say that is the last time I go the cheapest route just for the heck of it. Actually, I did get a recommendation for the clinic from another gringa, but since I am not happy with how he treated me I am going to the specialized clinic tonight: Meds. It is a sports-specific clinic with some of the best doctors and specialists in the country. I am hoping the doctor who sees me tonight will actually give me the time of day to explain the pain I am having, the injury itself and everything in between. Wish me luck.


Amanda said...

I went to a really good ears, nose and throat doctor at the Colmena place. I hated my gyno at Clinica Alemana, by the way. I had a GREAT gastroenterologist at la catolica. So, yeah, you know, take your pick!

Maeskizzle said...

That sucks! I have had that kind of experience here a lot. Though once I had a Bolivian Ear Nose and Throat doctor who took a bit of time to talk with me. I feel like the only way to get them to elaborate on my condition is if I study up before I go, have a list of questions I want answered in my hand, and I fire them off one after another before they have a chance to usher me out the door. It shouldn't be that way.

I'm glad you've found a good specialized clinic and I hope it lives up to its prestige and is able to offer a good treatment.

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