A doctor in my family recommended someone at Loyola Medical Center who looked promising. So I called, and while they accept Medicaid, they donâ€™t accept Medicaid managed by Meridian, which is what I have. So I called Illinois Medicaid and asked if I could switch to Molina, and they said no, Iâ€™m locked in until April of next year. So I called Meridian, who put me on hold for half an hour and then gave me numbers of nearby medical establishments which arenâ€™t Carle. One of them was a disconnected number, the other, Kirby Med Center in Monticello, has no gynecologists at all. I called an affiliated gynecologist in Peoria, but his office is booked until at least July – and that would just be for an initial appointment.
What I REALLY want is a doctor that actually pays attention and can help me figure out what I should do. I wonâ€™t get that through my local med system. I probably wonâ€™t get that anywhere. But hereâ€™s my last-ditch effort before I resign myself to a life of pain and permanent celibacy (I canâ€™t have sex without getting violently ill; celibacy is how Iâ€™ve been managing at all):
Are there any gynecologists among my fans? Any? I will travel to your state. I just want someone who will actually pay attention to my case. I am desperate.
#ff0000;">Update 5-18:Â Due to help found through my cry of despair here & on fecebook, I have an appointment Monday with a gynecologist at SIU Med Center in Springfield IL. I was advised that teaching hospitals are eager for patients like me, and so far that seems to be the case. I called this morning, they were very helpful, and called back within 4 hours with said expedited consult appointment.
Then all I had to do was get my records released from Carle. Carle doesnâ€™t accept emails for this (â€œthey take too long,â€ they said on the phone). You have to visit their new vortex-of-evil administrative hell-plex on Staley road at Curtis, on the outside of town. Fortunately, SpecialManFriend(tm) was kind enough to take me there. I filled out the form, talked to the clerk, and came back after lunch. â€œHere are your records!â€ they said, handing me a big envelope. I almost walked off with it, but then decided to read through them first. Good thing, too – theyâ€™d neglected the most important, recent, and pertinent records of my MRI and ultrasound. They also neglected to include images, which I specifically requested. I politely asked for these things and they said, â€œoh, sorry, weâ€™ll print those out now,â€ and â€œoh, ok, weâ€™ll burn you a disc.â€ Iâ€™d be disgusted but Iâ€™m feeling too hopeful about getting a new doctor in a completely new, totally non-Carle system.