Now when I say Appointment Delays With Chronic Pain, I am on about physically sitting in the waiting room when you are in pain, not waiting to get an appointment!
I am writing this because yesterday I had an appointment to see an orthopaedic consultant, I hate being late and so we arrived twenty minutes early as usual and booked in. I actually don’t mind the wait, we chat and people watch and seeing as this was the first time I had left the house this year, it was kind of nice!
I took Oramorph the night before and I took some about an hour before we left, so I was well prepared for the appointment. However it became obvious that there was going to be quite a wait, the consultant himself wanted to see me and that always means a wait, his registrars are busy seeing people but that’s no good for me.
After quite some time I spoke to the nurse who was in and out of the consultants room and asked how far down the list I was, the answer was quite a few and so we sat and waited. My pain was slowly building and so I took another dose of Oramorph to help. We got talking to a lady who was also having problems after knee replacement surgery and that helps as distraction is a valuable tool against pain.
However the pain then reached the point where that wouldn’t work, I was getting irritable and struggling. Then the pain took a leap and told my wife that I couldn’t wait much longer and so we once again spoke to the nurse and I explained. The consultant walked past to use the loo and I joked saying that if he was truly dedicated he would catheterise himself. I told the nurse that I actually don’t mind waiting, I have previously sat there hours when there has been delays and it doesn’t bother me, but now pain meant it was a problem.
So I ended up leaving without seeing the consultant!
This isn’t a post to moan about delays, our doctors and nurses are busier than ever and their time is limited and so clinics are very busy and delays are now normal. I knew I had to still push out and get home and I had no desire to get to the point when I am then in tears in front of everyone!
This is just to see what you do?
If you suffer from high pain levels and being sat waiting drives them up into levels where you can’t wait, how do you get to see a consultant? Leave a comment and let me know!