In which I scream very crossly indeed for quite some minutes.

Do you know what? I’m actually glad that I’ll be doing NHS IVF at a different Health Care Trust. Because I have had it to here with this lot. No, I still haven’t heard from Miss Consultant. Of course I haven’t. I’ve only been calling for three weeks now. Why on earth should she get back to me in three weeks? It’s not urgent. I’m not dying. Since when does she give a monkeys’ either way if I do or do not respond to 50mg of Clomid? I left another message on her Secretary’s answerphone today. Secretary did not get back to me.

I think homicide is sometimes justifiable. I read that somewhere.

To all American readers now completely freaked out about socialised medicine, don’t be. I am fairly sure that my clinic are abnormally negligent, because I live in an area renowned, fucking RENOWNED, people, for the absolute shiteness of its NHS Trust, expecially with regard to gynecology and obstetrics. Nearly all the other ones are better. I promise.

But I can’t move house because each Trust starts you off at the bottom of the list again.

Anyway, I have an appointment with Miss Consultant on the 25th of February, and Words Will Be Said about this. About how I could be half-way through cycle 5 by now if she’d only responded the first time I tried to get some kind of guidance as to what to do next. About how amazingly frustrating it is to spend so much time in limbo when your 34th birthday is charging you down like a rhino and then it will be a year, a whole year, since you’ve been pregnant. About what is the point of being someone’s fertility consultant if you never ever answer calls and queries – are we trying to get people pregnant here, or just fannying about? Word chosen advisedly, before you ask.

Do consultants take the blindest notice of Words Said? Or Written? Would there be any point above and beyond venting?

(I had a grouchy little fantasy, this week, in which I was freakin’ hospitalised with something Unmonitored Clomid related. And then I sued her. And won. Hah hah).

Would it be pointless and stupid to take the provera anyway, and try another round of 50mg of Clomid, with or without Miss Consultant’s input? Because if on the 25th she asks me ‘why have you only done one round of Clomid since I last saw you?’ I will scream and cry and carry on. I will. And I will get written off as a neurotic hysteric and it won’t help anything in the slightest.


12 responses to “In which I scream very crossly indeed for quite some minutes.

  • Hairy Farmer Family

    Oh God, May. I can’t believe this. How unutterably, appallingly, wickedly incompetent. It’s totally trailer-shitload time again. Totally.

    34th nearly upon me, too. Bastard ageing.

  • a

    Does the Consultant have a boss? ‘Cause that’s who I’d be having words with.

  • geohde

    I would.

    The worst thing that happens is that you don’t respond. The best thing that could happen is a pregnancy.

    Yeah, cycle monitoring yadayada….Not essential in this instance. You know if you ovulate.



  • Nina

    This is where I would go absolutely apeshit and storm that office demanding answers. When you do it, politely but loudly remind them that you wouldn’t be here now if they’d fucking called you back in like, say, 2 days, or even the next morning. Also remind them that this is not their lives they’re fucking with, but yours, which has sucked for the past year, and dammit you need some relief!! And if they start asking stupid questions about why you haven’t done more than one cycle, try asking why the fuck didn’t you call me back and you would know that answer, instead of having to ask now, bitch! Sorry. I’m just a little incensed on your behalf, and impatient due to just better response time in the US. You deserve better.

  • Xbox4NappyRash

    That is actually fucking shocking. Really.

  • Shinejil

    Uh, this is the coldest comfort ever, but even in the land of glorious private medicine (USA #1!), I’ve been treated that way, and even worse. And been charged a king’s ransom in the meanwhile.

    I hope you get this sorted out. I, too, am glad you don’t have to pursue IVF with the idiot crew.

  • Heather

    I say go for it. The clomid and the justifiable homicide. Can’t you plead temporary insanity due to the hormones?

  • womb for improvement

    That’s terrible.

    Suggest you log into this:

    See if a few virtual kicks up the backside don’t help.

  • Betty M

    Definitely time for a formal complaint. Speak to the PALS office to get the details. They cant leave you in the lurch like that.

  • korechronicles

    I am overwhelmed with anger on your behalf. Simply pathetic and you certainly deserve better. Listen to the good Geohde, she knows of what she speaks.

  • Jane G

    Clomid consumption would definately get you off a homicide charge. Seriously though, I am appalled on your behalf. That is really shocking. You would be more than justified in giving Miss Consultant a serious bollocking.

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