Blowing Me Off

Never before in my life have I hated the three words ‘how’, ‘are’ and ‘you’ so much. I’ve actually lied, said I’m fantastic, just so I wont once again have to pronounce some insanely long name for what I have.

Currently, I have a nasty Clostridium Difficile infection, brought on by the antibiotics I took for the lung and throat infections. I’m not sure what’s worse, having Clostridium Difficile, or trying to remember how to pronounce it.

I have been referred to an immunologist as well, my doctor think there’s something underlining and it’s to do with my immunity, which has never been fantastic in the first place, but lately it seems to have gone on holiday down south and forgot to organise a temp. I’ve been ringing the immunologist office for the last three days and this is what I hear…

“Hello, we’re not here, and you can’t leave a message, goodbye.”

It is possibly the most annoying message in the history of messages. A simple “fuck off” would be less annoying or maybe even a “I’m currently banging the receptionist and she can’t take your call at the moment”.

I’d go to someone else, someone with better message manners, but my doctor wants me to see that particular immunologist because apparently they are the best. So far, they’re the best at blowing me off.

25 Comments on “Blowing Me Off”

  1. Now you’re know you’re gonna get jokes about the title again dont you?

    When you DO finally meet the immunologist, before you sit down, smack ’em, and get them to record a more polite message.

    Doctors hey I dunno, they can’t have bad handwriting AND bad manners that’s just taking the piss!


  2. Agh! Stop writing such difficult words! I tried to pronounce them in my head but it nearly exploded.

    And I think I’d definitely call again to make sure I heard correctly if the message was ‘I’m currently banging the receptionist’. But that’s me ๐Ÿ˜›


  3. Thats why we are called the “patient” Wait, wait and more wait. You do all that waiting just so a doctor can have a “practice” which means he/she never really knows what he/she is doing.

    I hope things start looking up for you.


  4. hmmmmm… well Difficile is “difficult” in French…. so maybe Clostridium means “pronouncing this word is”. Which I guess would mean you have nothing except for a bad case of a couple french words.

    But aside from the crazy words, I hope you’re feeling better soon….. Take some DayQuil and NyQuil, they fix everything…. EVERYTHING!!!!


  5. Ha…

    I have to see an immunologist on occasion myself, and they tend to be the most stuck up, arrogant bastards to flunk Medical School.

    Anything out of the ordinary and your a “special case”

    and mines “antiphospholipd Lupous Anticoagulant”

    beats fluffy bunnies any day =)


  6. Tom, silly me, I forgot I was meant to be the patient one.

    BigA: Firstly, BigA is your new nickname, like pdiddydaddydo. Secondly, I seriously didn’t notice the naughty titles, but now I’m going to try and stick with them for as long as a can.

    Wolf, is ‘hepnaflelyazamorat’ even a word?

    Kris, we don’t have this magical Dayquil or Nyquil you speak of, Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm surviving on Panadol and Buscopan, I’m forbidden to take Lomotil.

    Jaskson, a naturopath can’t properly diagnose immunity problems, but I have been thinking about possibly going to one in the future when the other doctor’s bills subside and any immunity issues have been diagnosed.

    Matt, so not only should I expect rudeness, but also a large amount of insanely long names I can not pronounce.


  7. Would it have been worse if there hadn’t been an answering machine at all? : p
    I do hope you plan on asking about the message whenever you manage to get an appointment. Perhaps you can mention the message to your doctor?


  8. I suppose instead of asking how are you people should be asking you “how goes the war?” you immune system is definitely under attack. I hope you have better luck at finding you wmd than we were :p You’ve got to get well soon or I’ll have to start calling you by some not so clever nickname like sickitta or somthing.


  9. All the best on you getting better Kitta, being sick sucks eggs through your armpits 10 thousand times ๐Ÿ˜› and oh this nifty coloure text boxes are nice eh? ๐Ÿ˜€ ———–>


  10. Ahh, I feel your pain. The thing is, most people don’t actually /care/ how you are, so when you do actually take the time to explain what’s wrong, they get this glazed look over their eyes and start to slowly back away.

    I’ll see your Clostridium Difficile and raise you an Eosinophilic Fasciitis (which is my particular brand of illnessessess)


  11. Well good luck on getting ahold of the doctor and I hope you get better soon. Being sick really sucks. I know I suffer form astmah, I have had it since I was like a year old and now I get pnemonia and lung infestions quite a lot. So I hope you are better soon.


  12. that sucks.. sorry to hear about the infection from the infection. i hope you get better soon. and good luck with the immunologist and his answering machine ๐Ÿ˜›


  13. Man that is a major rude answering machine message. I wonder how many compliants they have recieved because of that message. Not customer friendly at ALL!

    Hopefully soon the immunologist will quit banging his receptionist and answer the dang phone to help you get better. ;P


  14. If you want to shorten the pronounciation a lot of doctors will just call it “C. diff.”
    Just think, other forms of Clostridium cause botulism, tetanus, and gangrene. Nasty stuff.

    Did they give you any clue as to what they think is wrong with your immune system?

    Hope you’re feeling better by now.


  15. Bob, I’m still ill, but like that’s anything new.

    Kevin, I already knew doctors call it ‘C.Diff’, but I’ve more confused looks when I’ve said ‘C. Diff’, including a pharmacist. And my doctor wrote ‘suspected suppressed immunity’.


  16. Gawd that sucks…I’d send you flowers, but you might be allergic to them too… I try to make humor the best medicine, but in all seriousness be sure to let us know how things are going. I am going pose your senario to some people I know in the med field, but my suspicions are they will say the specialist is the best source for answers now. Probably one of the things that bugs me the worst in the world is having ppl you care about hurting and you find yourself helpless to assist. Your doing everything right, but we just aren’t seeing results yet, but I think your on the right path. Enough of that now…I really am more fun when I’m just being a smart-ass… ๐Ÿ˜‰


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