And it didn’t start that way!
Around here, if you don’t have a car, you need to take a bus to get anywhere unless you have hella money to take a cab. The nearest Walmart/Supermarket is about.. 27 or so minutes away. So they have a pick up service for my area where you can call and they take you to where the major busses are. Then from there you go where you need to go. But that’s beside the point.
I had to go to the doctor today and in order to make my appointment at 3pm I needed to leave my house at 10:45am. Yes, it takes that long. No, I don’t like it, but it needs to be done. Especially in the event that the cars aren’t here because of work situations.
Anyway! My sister had been home, which is rare, and suggested since I have to grocery shop as well as go to the doctor I should take the bus I had booked for that time and grocery shop then she would pick me up from Walmart and take me to the doctor. That idea seemed reasonable since after the appointment we wouldn’t have time to shop and get on the last bus on time to get back into my part of town. Which is guess when? 6pm. That’s the last bus.
So grocery shopping went rather smooth. We went to Publix first to get some good meat for the next few weeks and some essentials at Walmart. That part went quite wonderful. We saved some money, got more than we usually do and had a mostly good time (except for walking across the street and two large parking lots on a hot day with a 38 week tummy on you. At least I was able to use the carts for those with disabilities which I felt I was at the time!).
My sister picks us up, we drop off the groceries and make it to my appointment at 3:03pm. Then we wait.. and wait.. and waaaaaait until I’m finally seen at 4 or so. I get my vitals checked, and I’m asked to go back into the waiting room because no rooms are available at the moment. When I finally get one I’m told since I need to take my test to change into my paper napkin gown and sit on the bed thing until it’s time. Granted, I was told the last time I would also need a blood glucose test as well and to check Ducky’s heartbeat as we do every appointment.
Please note the glucose test involves drinking a super gross juice drink, waiting an hour, then drawing about 5 vials of blood from my body. So all in all this appointment would have at least taken 2 hours. At least.
So why on this beautiful green earth did they decide to wait until the last minute to see me? The health department closes at 5 and I didn’t even get to take any of my tests because we had to hop on the last bus at 4:55pm to get home. Or at least to make it to the last bus that drops us at the house by then. It was 4:45pm before I’d gotten fed up and gone to the nurses station.
When I spoke with the woman about my time woes she simply said “Well, the tests won’t take you 10 minutes..” Then when I had to get going, they tried to get me to make another appointment. With less than 5 minutes for me to get to the bus stop across the street from their building. It seems like a short walk, but it’s not. They have a very large parking lot. It takes me at least 3 minutes or cross it. I asked if I could do it over the phone and the nurse simply shrugged giving me an “I guess” face.
On another note, I don’t even know who my doctor will be since the doctor who has been seeing me took time off to see her son before he’s off to the Marines and won’t be back until after I’ve given birth. So when I asked who this doctor will be they said whoever is on call. This last test was going to be one where they need to check my.. ahem.. insides and I don’t even know who was going to be poking and prodding around in there. They say they’re short staffed, but they have at least 10 nurses running around and I’ve not seen a doctor besides mine in there, once.
Then!We were supposed to get free day bus passes from them because of our riding situation. I was told that when I’d gotten to my bi weekly appointment, we were supposed to get them almost automatically. No one told me this until I’d gotten down to my weekly’s. A doula who ran the birthing classes, did everything in her power to get them to us and leave them at the health department for us. We got them after waiting for 3 weeks, opened them, and found that they were for mainly.. Polk County. We live on the edge of Polk County so we still take a majority of Osceola County busses. Apparently they’re not even the same thing because when we handed it to the bus driver, he looked at us sideways and told us they weren’t day passes which we were promised. He tried to take them as a one time only use which would mean we would have a harder time getting back out to that stupid doctor’s office. He only let us keep them because I looked like I wanted to destroy someone and cry all at the same time.
I hate how spread out this place is. I spent the bus ride home ranting and half crying because I just couldn’t deal. What’s wrong with Polk County? Never go to the Haines City Health Department. Ever.