About 9 weeks ago I crashed on my bike. I don’t want to get into it because I come out looking like a moron who can’t steer straight.
I hurt my hand, most notably my middle finger. Two weeks ago, that is, seven weeks after having crashed, and I still don’t have full movement of the finger. Grrr. So I break down and decide to see a doctor.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a doctor.. a GP. I don’t even know how to find one. I do remember something about a CLSC hotline you can call to get in touch with a nurse.
I find the number on the web and give it a ring. After about a 20 minute wait I have a fantastic discussion with a very kind nurse who points me in the right direction.
Without an appointment, I get in line at 8am on a Saturday morning and THREE hours later, I get to see a doctor. She looks at the finger, hands me a slip to get it x-rayed and out I was not but 5 minutes after I walked in.
The x-ray was quick as anything to get, the next appointment with the orthopaedist two weeks after that.
A 5 minute chat with the orthopaedist and he tells me its fine, its probably broken but he can’t be entirely sure but that it doesn’t matter as there’s nothing that can be done. He tells me to “suck it up” and work it in hot and cold water until it eventually gets better which could be months away. Months!
The good news is this doesn’t affect me really as the finger is stiff and I can’t make a fist with it. But I don’t plan on getting into any bench clearing brawls anytime soon.
But this entire affair got me thinking: How does one find a GP ? The GP you have, how long do you normally wait before s/he can see you ?
Ideally, I’d like a GP that does sports and understands that saying “stay off the bike” should only be uttered in life and death situations. ;-)
So I am curious, how did you find your GP ?