Fax mishap or why Mr. Duck rocks – Updated

January 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm 7 comments

22 Weeks 2 days


So we have officially been waiting FOREVER to get this appointment with the high risk doctor.

And here is where it gets awkward being an IP. It is not my appointment, technically speaking.

Yes, they are my babies, and Yes the reason we are going to a high risk OB is because of those babies, but, the appointment is NOT for me.

It is for M.

And so, we waited.

And waited.

And waited.

And oh my god this is getting ridiculous – 3 weeks to just answer the phone and give us a date!

So, Mr. Duck decided to take the matter into his own little wings, because he is used to advocating on my behalf so calling about M’s appointment isn’t that strange to him.

He called the High Risk OB, and left messages.

Not just one, and not just 2.

They magically returned his phone call within the hour.

Guess what?

The high risk OB has 2 offices, and 2 fax machines, and if for some reason the referral is faxed to his Head of OB office and not the High Risk Clinic Office the appointment is simply never made.

As in, wrong fax, our referral goes in the garbage.

So, Mr. calls M’s OB and explains the situation. The nice office worker tells Mr that she has faxed the referral and there is a triage process yada yada yada and that it can take weeks.

But, Mr. has spoken with the High Risk Office.

Mr. knows that the appointment will be made within 48 hours of receiving the fax.

The Fax that the high risk clinic never received.

So Mr. asks again (and I imagine forcefully because we have been trying to have children for FIVE FREAKING YEARS so this MATTERS to us) to please simply fax the refferal to this fax number and we will have an appointment within 48 hours.

So the countdown is on, and by Friday we should FINALLY have an appointment with the High Risk OB (of course it maybe in freaking JUNE because of the delay receiving the request).


The High Risk clinic is SOOO together that after waiting an hour to recieve the Fax from M’s OB they called Mr. and asked what the hell is taking so long? So Mr. explained that he called the OB, that there is some sorta triage system (which by the way the High Risk Clinic never heard of!) and they now have M’s OB’s phone number and they are calling M’s OB and requesting the fax.

Am SO SO very relieved that the High Risk Doctor is so organized and together.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JellyBelly  |  January 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Go Mr Duck!!!!

  • 2. Sunny  |  January 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Way to speak up, I’m glad things are in motion now!

  • 3. Marilyn  |  January 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Glad to hear things are moving along. I went through two high-risk pregnancies and the difference in competency between the high-risk area and the regular doc was amazing. It’s no fun being high-risk but it is nice to feel like you’re dealing with people who know what they’re doing.

  • 4. Nadeen  |  January 28, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I second JellyBelly, Go Mr. Duck!

    Isn’t it nice to find a doctor’s office that has it together?

  • 5. Sarah  |  January 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Fax machines are SOOOOOO old school. Unpredictable and def unreliable when the # is wrong!

    Sounds like the clinic is totally on the ball and yay for Mr. for taking no prisoners!

    Another day closer!

  • 6. FET Accompli  |  January 29, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Oh my goodness that is sooo annoying — hurray for Mr. Duck for getting to the bottom of it!! And so good that the high risk clinic is actually organized!!

    It’s tricky that we’re not the patients – in some ways we got a better response when hubbie called, because he just said that he was the husband, whereas if I called and had to say who I was, it would be a loooong story and they got kind of weird…

  • 7. Jamie  |  January 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Mr. Duck rocks!!

    Ugh – it is just sickening how paperwork can get shuffled and shuffled and nothing manages to actually get done.


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