February 21st, 2012

bassoon

Minor but still super irritating

So I went out with a group of friends (large enough that most other places would have charged us a gratuity, but definitely less than 16 people) to a local alehouse because every Monday they offer a special on wings, and that sounded like just the right thing for tonight. I ordinarily enjoy coming here because the food and the beer are very good, and the service is usually excellent.

But tonight, we got a different server than we usually do. No problem, we'd seen her there before. (I should note that three of us arrived around the same time and perhaps 5 minutes later than everyone else had.) She had already taken drink orders (and apparently food orders, as I saw later) for everyone else and was working on bringing out drinks, and then took our drink orders. And since we hadn't come much later than everyone else had gotten there, I assumed that she'd be back to take our food orders when she brought our drinks.

After what felt like an eternity because I was waiting for her to come back and take food orders, she comes back with the wings that everyone else had apparently already ordered. I was confused, and she ran off before I could order what I wanted. It took about another 5-7 minutes before one of my friends (who arrived with me and also needed to order) and I could finally catch her attention. I told her that she forgot to take my order, and she didn't apologize at all, but she took our orders.

I figured paying and leaving would take a while because of how many of us there were, but I was among the (small) second round of payments, and it took a very long time for her to finish processing our payments and to come back for everyone else who still needed to pay. And the restaurant wasn't exactly busy at that time.

Overall, I'm just disappointed because I've never had such a dismissive server from this place before. The main thing that bothered me was when she didn't apologize for not taking our orders...I know we all make mistakes sometimes and I don't mind, but I greatly appreciate when people own up to their mistakes and do what they can (and perhaps more) to make it right. I hope things will be better next time I go back there.
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I dunno if it's bad_service, but it's certainly frustrating_service

On Feb 16th, I made an appointment to see my GP because I have been having severe joint pain. My joints have been cracking and popping and normally that's not a negative thing but considering I'm having joint pain and popping and hypermobility, I figured I'd see my doctor.

My GP wasn't in so I saw a different doctor, Dr. B. I showed him that I am hypermobile, I showed him that I bruise easily and he suggested it's Marfan's or Ehlers-Danlos III since I have a marfanoid build and hypermobility. He told me I should see a geneticist and gave me a script for Motrin. I called the geneticist but I am waiting to hear back from them. I filled my script and having been taking Motrin even though it has not helped me.

I returned today to my GP's office because the pain is pretty bad and hasn't let up. He told me there's nothing he could do for me. "You shouldn't be on controlled substances, you should be on any medications."

I told him that it's not normal for someone to be able to bend their thumb to their forearm and I was thinking he would recognize it as a sign of hypermobility/Ehlers-Danlos/connective tissue disorder.

"Well, don't do that."

Um, how am I supposed to show him I am hypermobile? The whole point is that hypermobility = loose/unstable joints.

At this point, I am upset and frustrated because I've been in horrible pain and I just want relief. He says it's anxiety and that I need to calm down.

I left with a rheumatology referral and I am still in horrible pain so I am going to urgent care.

I do understand that he sees a lot of people who seek drugs, but I can prove my hypermobility. I have never asked for pain medication from any doctor before in my life. I've also had problems with him giving me antibiotics. He's also told me my Interstitial Cystitis is due to stress and won't even help me with that. He's also told my dad that he doesn't believe in medication, my dad has a hard time with getting meds as well. At least the first doctor was more helpful and was more sympathetic, sheeeeeesh.

EDIT: I went to Urgent Care and HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, Vicodin helps. The doctor at the urgent care center was very sympathetic and gave me enough Vicodin to help me out for a week. I'm also going to switch GP's as I am very unhappy with how I was treated today.