This week I have been trying (in vain) to find a family doctor. We are currently in a health care crisis and there is a SERIOUS lack of doctors. Many many MANY families have no family doctor and just show up at the local ER or walk-in clinic when someone is sick. Those who DO have a family doctor have to wait several months to get an appointment. There are also Nurse Practitioner's who are taking up a lot of the slack but who are also incredibly busy.
I have called daily for the past 4 days trying to get an apt with a nurse practitioner. I call first thing in the morning but they only book apts for 1 day, 2 weeks from the day you call. So once those apts are filled up they won't book anymore, you just have to keep calling every day until you manage to get a spot.
It's not a HUGE deal for us to go to a walk-in clinic (despite the hours waiting each time) when we are sick. But it IS a huge deal for us not to have a doctor who will be consistently following Aiden. A HUGE ENORMOUS deal. I was starting to feel rather desperate about it and cried a while bunch yesterday.
It is REALLY REALLY vital that we have a consistent doctor for Aiden.
I have called all the doctors I can find from our town and from the towns surrounding us. My next step is Thunder Bay- 4.5 hours away.
I called our pediatrician in Saskatchewan yesterday and asked if he, by chance, knew anyone he could refer us to here. He said he didn't but that if I managed to find the name of a Pediatrician he would do his best to get us in.
I have said it before, and I will say it again, Dr. Ramji in Prince Albert is the most amazing Pediatrician in the world.
SO my mom did a little bit of detective work for me and a grandma in her apartment building has a grandson with issues like Aiden and she gave us the name of their pediatrcian. There are none in town so this one is about an hour and a half (?) maybe a bit more away but that is much better than 4.5 hours.
I have to figure out his address and stuff and then I will pass that information on to our beloved Saskatchewan Pediatrician and PRAY that it works and we get in.
Feel free to pray too.
I find it slightly ironic that we have wonderful health care coverage as far as costs go- it costs nothing to see the doctor here in Canada and my husband's medical coverage at work covers 80% of our prescritption costs... but it all means nothing unless we can ACTUALLY SEE A DOCTOR!!!
I find the whole situation insane.
The beautiful part about our previous town was that the few doctors that were there accepted EVERY patient that came through. It meant all of them were definitely overworked but at least everyone had access to medical care.
Things will work out here for us. I know they will. Even if we have to travel to the city to do it. I know God will work it out.
But it still makes my tummy hurt just thinking about it.
Please pray we find a pediatrician who can get us into specialists that Aiden needs. And pray that I can somehow find a doctor who will refer me to a thyroid specialist so I can keep up with that. And please pray we all stay healthy and don't need a doctor anytime soon.