I called Matthew's surgeon's booking office this morning to make an appointment to go in and chat with him, sans kids. Seems like a reasonable request? Right? Chat with the man who has operated on his foot, transfered a tendon, removed part of his heel bone, botoxed him, casted him for the past 6 years...right?
This simple request can not be easily granted. Apparently, because it is not an appointment for Matthew, they are unable to bill this appointment. And because the surgeon doesn't need to see Matthew until June, the booking receptionist didn't think she could make an appointment for him and take up valuable appointment time for another child. I think that was her way of saying nicely 'I know if you book for him now you are trying to get in the back door.'
Insert scratching head here.
So, the way around this is for me to make an appointment with my GP to request a referral appointment with my son's surgeon (of SIX years). Then I can get a referral appointment (I have no idea if I have to have a regular wait time or if I can just make the appointment) to see said surgeon so I can talk to him with out Matthew present.
Insert head shaking here.
And no, his surgeon does not take phone calls over this nor does he answer emails like the American doctors.
So, I now have an appointment next week to see my GP to request a referral to see my son's surgeon so I can chat with him without Matthew present.
Honestly, how can you not laugh over this? I sure have.
I called the Shriners after this amusing phone call. The receptionist said that the person I needed to talk to was out for the day but she would call him on his cell and see what can be done. He called me back moments later and is stopping by my house this afternoon to drop off the application forms.
Shriners vs Alberta Health Care? What's your verdict...