so now I have to pay $35 to talk to the vet for 30 minutes to answer questions they should have answered after Sprocket’s office visit on 15 Nov? wtf?
Sprocket was *much* better last week but this week has gradually gotten worse until last night and this morning he had major recurrences again. the worsening symptoms have coincided with the tapering of his medication to half a tablet (corticosteroids) every other day. the major improvement in his symptoms coincided with eliminating Indigo Moon (grain-free) crunchies form his diet and giving him only canned (grain-free) food. The major triggers for his episodes are still excitement, especially over food but also playtime.
This has been a really bad month for so many reasons I don’t even know where to start, but at least Sprocket was improving. And now he’s not.
I should have been more persistent with the vet at the beginning, but I wasn’t. I haven’t contacted them since before my last post where peeps encouraged me to ask to speak to the vet. I was overly optimistic. And now I regret not being more persistent. Also, I don’t charge patients money to talk on the phone with me to resolve issues that arose because I didn’t take the time to help them when they needed it. So now I have to pay them in order to avoid having my routine questions (like, what is the rationale behind this course of treatment?) lost in the shuffle between different assistants.
I asked Papa Miao to talk to the vet because I am just too frustrated, with myself and the clinic in equal measure. I realize that I am partially taking my frustration out on the vet because they are obviously an easy target, but they wouldn’t be such an easy target if they had answered my basic questions at the beginning and demonstrated rudimentary concern over the situation and a desire to get to the bottom of it. I don’t expect them to work miracles (though they have in the past), but I do expect them to be thorough. /rant