To be fair there has been some history. I've turned up for a scan where the doctor knows I'm booked in, and the notes are on her sheet, and she still can't figure out why I am there ... even when I tell her.
And, I've worked for the NHS in the past. For two summers whilst at University I was on a project to computerised children's health records. It sounds like an urban myth but the office I worked in really did have this poster:
I've hated comic sans ever since.
And unnecessary exclamation marks.
The job dispelled any confidence I had in the health service. Amongst the health records we had to sift through I found:
- Kids records filed in two places despite having the same name, parents name, address and date of birth as each other
- Records that had been combined because kids had the same surname, nothing else in common with each other, but the same surname
- A chocolate wrapper
- Mouse droppings.
So I called and it turns out they had figured out that I had the hysteroscopy booked. And it makes sense, I had a chat with the nurse and she said until they had the results of the hysteroscopy they couldn't prescribe anything anyway. Which is fair enough. And hey what's a month between friends?
I also brought up the concern about the never-ending cycle:
Me: Also, the first day of my cycle was 81 days ago
Me: Will that be OK for when I have the hysteroscopy? Only I was put on provera before
Her (slowly): I can see you notes here. You were put on provera because you needed to bleed before the HSG. This. is. a. different. procedure
Me: I know but is it going to be a problem if my womb lining is exceptionally thick or something?
Her: No, I don't think so
Me: And what if I suddenly get my period just when I am going to have the hysteroscopy?
Her: That's not a problem ... as long as its not too heavy.
Me: It often is quite heavy.
Her: Don't worry about it.
Me: OK. So I should just carry on? Should I let you know if I still haven't started after say 100 days? I mean is that likely to be a problem?
Her: I'm not a doctor I'm not sure.
(A pregnant pause)
Me (sweetly): Do you think you could ask a doctor?
Her: One moment ... No its not a problem
So that has filled me with bucket loads of confidence.
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