There were a couple of reasons I had started another elimination diet last year. Of course I wanted to try to find any additional food triggers I might have, but I also wanted to feel like I had done everything I could so if I needed to take the next step for my Migraine treatments, I could justify it to myself.
Although I still have a long way to go on this elimination diet, I feel that I will not reduce the number of Migraines I am currently getting as I add back more foods. I may find more food triggers which will help me in the long run, but that won't reduce my Migraines further than they are now.
I have to say that both of my elimination diets have been successful as the first one decreased my headaches and Migraines almost in half while the second one reduced it by almost another third of this lowered number. However, I am still getting too many Migraines and am still in double digits per month.
Since I had already laid the ground work, I decided that I might as well get some of my other questions answered about my next step doctor. Just to set the record straight, I am not ready to move yet, but I need all of the information in order to make the best choice I need to make for me and my family next.
I called the next doctor's office I plan to go to if I decide to move on. I had already seen that this office is having some staffing issues so I was prepared for some disorder, but I'm not really sure I am ready to deal with a doctor's office like this either. I did not like the way I was treated and the abruptness of being thrown into an automated system the first time I called. Knowing their staffing issues and not looking to transfer there yet, I could easily overlook it and move on.
Even though it seemed like it was a long way off, the automated system set the expectation that it could be five days before I received a call back from the office. Since this was not an emergency, I was willing to live with this especially since I know I am not ready to move yet, but I also know that this is what I tend to do before I jump into doing something.
I realized the morning of a client visit that the doctor's office may call back on that day. I decided it was worth it to leave an extended message on my cell phone, which I left in my car. It seemed to work like a charm because of course they called in the middle of the client visit. The message they left really restored my faith in the doctor's office as they acknowledged my message left specifically for them and said they would try to call after the certain time I mentioned or the next morning.
They were really pleasant, but I never heard back from them again. Since I am so tentative about making any switch at this time, I find I am using it as an excuse to not call them back plus I need to be prepared for the coldness again. Here are the pros and cons that keep going through my head right now:
Pros: The doctor is a top notch doctor. He is only a couple of hours drive away. He would be a partner and a true Migraine specialist.
Cons: Scuttlebutt has it that the office is in total disarray at this time. The office is a couple of hours drive away. It would cost more to go to him; especially the first visit.
I know his office is going through a tough time right now, but I've heard of them going through hard times before too. My current doctor's office does not rate well on the doctor rating sites, but I have never experienced anything negative with them. They have always been very pleasant and most importantly, available for anything I may have needed.
Although I know the doctor is one of the best in the world, I don't like the taste the office left behind. What if I weren't just inquiring now? What if I needed to get through with an issue? I think I question it more right now because I have also seen where a couple of their patients have had issues trying to get in touch with their office. This was actually the reason I thought to leave the extended message to them on my cell phone in the first place.
Honestly, I never really thought about how important a doctor's office staff would be to me and how much I would be willing to put up with from an office no matter how good the doctor. I don't know that I like the feeling of not being able to get in touch with my doctor especially since I don't call into the office very often to begin with.
I question this more right now as I analyze my current doctor even closer and keep going back and forth as to what I should do. That's probably a big reason I reached out to this next doctor's office at this time too. I also had another visit with my doctor this week. I probably came out of that visit with more questions and quandaries than I have in a long time. Granted, I probably put myself in that position and she even told me that I will have a lot to contemplate, but I haven't had a chance to research anything since my visit. I can't seem to get rid of this cold where the coughing is wreaking total havoc on everything.
How much does a doctor's office matter to you? What do you look for from the office? What is important to you? What can you or can't you overlook?