I am just feeling miserable.
You see, I was dumped yesterday. No, not by Rian. But by my doctor.
This past summer I have been swimming in medical bills because of a cancer scare. I have five different bills that all totaled to around $800. Guess what? I paid them all on time. I'm my father's daughter in that way. I have perfect credit. I always pay my credit card or medical bills on time, even if it means not having money to eat that month.
This summer, I literally used an entire paycheck to pay off those medical bills. So for a few months, while I got back on my feet, I wasn't able to shop or go out to dinner. It was pretty bad.
Well, apparently there was a sixth bill that slipped under my radar. It fell underneath the front seat of my car. It was a doctor's fee for $27. I had no idea it even existed.
Well, a month ago, I received a notice from a collection agency that I owed $27 or the doctor's office was going to sue me. Apparently this bill was due in September. Horrified, I paid the bill right away.
It didn't matter.
Yesterday, I was received a letter signed by my doctor saying that I was no longer her patient.
The letter stated that the doctor's office does not tolerate late payments. I was no longer welcome there.
I was shocked.
I was so upset, in fact, I couldn't even eat. This doctor, this woman, was someone I had been seeing for seven years. Every year, I have an annual appointment with her. She held my hand through a minor surgery I had five years ago. Due to a rough case of tonsillitis, I literally saw this woman once a week for six months back in 2007. This summer, she comforted me after quite a few lab tests during this cancer scare.
I have literally paid her office THOUSANDS of dollars over the past seven years, all ON TIME. But because I paid a $27 doctors fee two months late, she dumped me as a patient.
Am I wrong to be upset?!
I'm just so crushed. I thought this doctor saw me as a person. But it turns out I wasn't a person to her. I was just another patient. A number on a list that she could erase without a care. Because she doesn't care. I put my health and heart in this woman's hands and she didn't treat it that way.
I mean, the doctors office should have known by looking on a computer that I always pay my bills on time. They should have known that I just paid them hundreds of dollars, so it's not like I was blowing them off. Didn't they think it was odd that I wasn't paying the smallest bill I've ever had from them? Didn't they think to call me and find out what was going on?
I'm sorry for going on about this. It's just really frustrating and I've been depressed about it since I got the letter.
Now I'm going to be spending all weekend searching for a new doctor online. I'm kind of an old person. A change in anything, especially my primary doctor, makes me uncomfortable. I hate starting a whole new relationship.
I just feel like this whole situation is unjust. I believe I was treated unfairly. I want to do something about it. Perhaps write her a letter, telling her how I feel. Or going on some rate-your-doctor website and ranting there. I'm not sure.
Does anyone have any suggestions?...
Anyway, it sucks that I'm moping because I actually have the day off work.
In order to cheer myself up, I decided to post some photos to remind myself why I should be happy today:
I am going to see my boyfriend tonight (well we live together, but because of our schedules we rarely get to see each other, ha)
I am going to see a movie with my dad this afternoon
(I actually have no idea if we're going to see this movie. But it looks cute.)
I'm going to have pizza for dinner!
And I'm going to have a beer (or two) to go with that pizza. Because I deserve it. And I need it.
Why, oh why, did she dump me? What did I do to deserve this?