November 10, 2009
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… I don't cry easily. It's important that you understand this, because how else can you measure the impact your total fuckwittery is having on me when I say that, having opened your latest letter, I had to sit down and shed many tears of frustration? Because the appointment you've given me at the fracture clinic – the same fracture clinic I was advised to switch to because I'd get seen faster than using Choose and Book – is 14 December. That's two and a half months after the fracture occured. It's also two weeks after the earliest appointment I could have got with Choose and Book, which presumably I've now lost because I've spent a week waiting for this letter.
And it's not even an appointment at the actual clinic, it's an appointment for an x-ray. An x-ray which I could get tomorrow morning, within an hour of arriving, if I walked in with a referral letter my GP can print off in 30 seconds. An x-ray which would still take an entire week to get the results back from, so that's 21 December if we're lucky, and is it likely I would have got treatment before Christmas? Probably not. Just as well I splashed out £100 on my own supportive equipment really.
I'm guessing that my GP has yet again marked the referral as 'routine'. Well guess what matey; it's not routine any more. It fucking hurts when I walk unsupported. I'm not even 100% it's the same bone that's broken. How do I know it's not got complicated? How do I know it's healing properly? Without professional medical attention I can't; I can only fumble around and guess.
I'm going to have to go sit in A&E, aren't I? Where they will again mark me as non-urgent, because I've walked in, am not gushing blood and look as though I'm already undergoing treatment. I'm going to have to waste some overtired, stressed out A&E doctor's time because you can't fit me in any other way. I'm going to have to sit in Lewisham A&E for I-have-no-idea-how-long, and I bet Lewisham A&E is a simply brilliant place to spend a long amount of time.
I hope you're happy with yourself.