Sunday, January 30, 2011

Da Count-Timing

It's been fairly crazy around here, hence the lack of posting.  One bit of good news is we've had a neurology appointment for Calypso.  The doctor who was most highly recommended as being able to sort out complex and mystifying issues is notoriously difficult to get into.  I called on Thursday to schedule an appointment for Calypso.  The receptionist told me her first availability was March 8. March...8...  That's kind of a long way off.  My kid has been unwell for months.  I don't know if we've stumbled upon an underlying cause or if we have some new and scary thing going on and I'm supposed to wait until damn near Spring to even begin trying to get that answer.  I hadn't slept properly in days because of being sick myself.  I was just stunned by...March 8... 

It was the straw that broke this camel's back.  I sniffled in exhaustion and discouragement.  The receptionist asked if I was okay.  I couldn't even maintain a facade by pretending I was.  As tears rolled, I just said I was worried about my kid.  The receptionist said she felt like crying now but I should hold on.  She came back and told me she'd opened up an appointment on February 14 for another reason but she was giving it to me and putting me on a list to call in case there were cancellations.  I thanked her very profusely.  Then I hung up and just bawled.

An hour later I got a call, "We have a cancellation tomorrow at 2pm."  She barely got the sentence out before I said we'd take it and I was thanking her again.  She said she wanted to cry again.

Friday, Calypso and I saw the neurologist and began the process.  I thanked the receptionist in person.  She said she normally left an hour before she got the cancellation but had wound up working late.  She said she felt like when the cancellation came in we were the reason she had been unintentionally stuck at work.  The doctor seemed thorough and Calypso was comfortable with her.  Extensive lab work and MRI's were ordered. 

I knew it was hard to get into the office. I had an appointment less than 24 hours after I called.  I'd been warned that the office staff could be surly and the doctor quite aloof but was referred there because the doctor is the best in the area. The staff was obviously very personal and kind toward us.  We established decent rapport with a doctor who I felt explained things well.  I was told it might take a week to get pre-certification from the insurance for the MRI.  I got a call before I was home that we were allowed to schedule the MRI at our convenience.

It's a big, BIG count for having the path cleared of so many obstacles in ways no one ever expected.  Thank you, God.  And thanks to each of you for prayers and good thoughts.  The follow-up visit is currently not until March but things are in motion and hopefully headed in the right direction.

15 comments:

Craig said...

Thank you God, indeed. . .

You know, you really don't know any more than you did before, but just being able to see the doc, and get the process rolling, does wonders for setting your mind at ease, doesn't it?

And that receptionist just made a whole pile of Treasure in Heaven for herself, eh?

WizzyTheStick said...

My continued prayers for you in this regard...going through something similar with my two year old and may have to go abroad to find someone to treat him... it's going to be alright is my constant mantra. I can't contemplate any other outcome

Hilary said...

I'm so glad that your appointment worked out this way. What a gem of a receptionist. Continued good thoughts going your way, Michelle.

~Tim said...

Still sending positive energy your way. Hang in there.

Mother Theresa said...

I hope the rest of the path is as clear as that...no more obstacles! Crossing my fingers that all the tests turn out okay and that Calypso will soon be well. Hugs.

Gledwood said...

Strange how some people's surly can be another person's attentive and nice!

I'm glad it went well :-)

KFarmer said...

I'm so happy things worked out the way they did... Now onward for some answers and solutions! Holding good thoughts for the Lime Clan : )

S said...

Im so happy you got a break there.
Dont even worry about what other people say about this doctor, you were obviously meant to find them.

clean and crazy said...

sometimes moms have to push a little bit more to get what their babies need. i am so glad you have the grace to get through these hard times, prayers for you and your family

Suldog said...

It's always nice to be reassured that the cumulative effect of prayer is as expected when the prayers were undertaken. Here's hoping - and praying - that the results will be what you desire and need.

Craver Vii said...

Outstanding!!! Praise God for his grace and providence. Yea, God!

(M)ary said...

Ohhhh....that is amazing. When things like that happen, it gives me chills. Prayers are answered!

Good luck with the rest of the journey!

Beach Bum said...

Prayers and good vibes coming your way, hang in there!

secret agent woman said...

That's fantastic. And you know, if something urgent shows up on the MRI, they won't make you wait until March.

Jocelyn said...

A good case for their being angels...