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« Reply #5130 on: November 22, 2013, 12:42:40 PM »
I'm shopping for a regular doctor right now after leaving my last one.

I'd make an appointment for 2:00pm, I'd arrive at 1:50pm to get any paperwork handled, at 2:15pm someone would come get me do all the intake stuff (weight, blood pressure, pulse, ect) and sit me back in an exam room. So it seems efficient so far, right? Around 3:00pm someone would open the door, be surprised I was still in there and go find someone with a medical degree to help me. Never the doctor I made the appointment with. Finally a doctor would come in around 3:30pm, poke at me for a bit, tell me all my problems would be solved if I'd just start taking the supplements that they sell and go on HGC diet (I'm not overweight! Not even a little! In fact the last time they suggested it I had just lost 15lbs due to illness!), they'd leave and tell me they were sending someone in with paperwork/prescriptions/ect, at 3:45pm a nurse would come in, hand me what I needed and send me on my way.

However, none of that made me leave. I don't go to the doctor's that often so I just put up with it. What made me leave was when I was sitting in the waiting room with a new mom and her tiny baby. Tiny baby started to fuss so new mom decided to nurse tiny baby. It was me, the mom/baby combo, and one other lady. Nurse comes out from behind desk and tells new mom "I can get you an empty exam room to nurse in", mom says "Oh thank you, but we're fine" (baby's already latched on), nurse says "You need to go into an exam room to do that", mom says no thank you. Nurse then says "What if there was a child in here? There could be lawsuits! You know formula is fine, really", I just stood up, told her to cancel my appointment and left. As I was getting in the car I saw the other lady and mom/baby walking to their cars as well.

Right now I go to an overly busy crazy office. They're quick but they have no clue who you are. I make my appointment with a nurse practitioner though, she's great! I only have to go maybe twice a year. So it's not a big deal right now.

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« Reply #5131 on: November 22, 2013, 12:49:56 PM »
On the subject of jewelers being flakey, I had the same experience with a very well-known and reputable jeweler when my then-fiancé, now-husband got engaged.  We ordered our rings in January for a September wedding.  When we checked a month later, we were told, laughingly, to not be in such a hurry - "you're not getting married for months!".  We checked again in April.  No dice.  Again in June - "Oh, we're so busy with summer weddings, but don't worry!  You've still got lots of time!".

She was finally done with our rings two weeks before the wedding - yes, she took over nine months - and she SCREWED MY FIANCE'S RING UP.    She had to make a last-minute change to it so that it matched his specifications.  That was exactly the kind of stress we'd hoped to avoid!

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« Reply #5132 on: November 22, 2013, 01:12:44 PM »
On the subject of jewelers being flakey, I had the same experience with a very well-known and reputable jeweler when my then-fiancé, now-husband got engaged.  We ordered our rings in January for a September wedding.  When we checked a month later, we were told, laughingly, to not be in such a hurry - "you're not getting married for months!".  We checked again in April.  No dice.  Again in June - "Oh, we're so busy with summer weddings, but don't worry!  You've still got lots of time!".

She was finally done with our rings two weeks before the wedding - yes, she took over nine months - and she SCREWED MY FIANCE'S RING UP.    She had to make a last-minute change to it so that it matched his specifications.  That was exactly the kind of stress we'd hoped to avoid!

Well, this makes my mind up. If I ever get custom rings done, I'll tell them that the wedding is actually two months ahead of when it really is. They'll be done at my "wedding date" and still leave me a full two months to get anything tweaked that needs it.

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« Reply #5133 on: November 22, 2013, 03:11:35 PM »
On the subject of jewelers being flakey, I had the same experience with a very well-known and reputable jeweler when my then-fiancé, now-husband got engaged.  We ordered our rings in January for a September wedding.  When we checked a month later, we were told, laughingly, to not be in such a hurry - "you're not getting married for months!".  We checked again in April.  No dice.  Again in June - "Oh, we're so busy with summer weddings, but don't worry!  You've still got lots of time!".

She was finally done with our rings two weeks before the wedding - yes, she took over nine months - and she SCREWED MY FIANCE'S RING UP.    She had to make a last-minute change to it so that it matched his specifications.  That was exactly the kind of stress we'd hoped to avoid!

Well, this makes my mind up. If I ever get custom rings done, I'll tell them that the wedding is actually two months ahead of when it really is. They'll be done at my "wedding date" and still leave me a full two months to get anything tweaked that needs it.

It's kind of like the STAR TREK movie where Scotty (knowing he's being overheard by the enemy) tells Captain Kirk that it will take three days to fix the engines, and Kirk understands that he means three hours?
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« Reply #5134 on: November 22, 2013, 05:50:38 PM »
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« Reply #5135 on: November 22, 2013, 08:23:18 PM »
I had an appointment with my eye doctor, and she wanted me to see a colleague. When the nurse walked me over to his office suite, she said, 'He will see you at 10. Don't go anywhere.' And lo and behold, he appeared at the stroke of 10, like the little fellow on a Black Forest clock.  ;D They literally meant 'Don't go to the bathroom, or you'll miss him.'
My gyn also runs promptly on schedule. I can leave my office and give them an estimate when I'll be back, and I know I'll be back, plus or minus 5 minutes. And that includes traffic.  ::)

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« Reply #5136 on: November 23, 2013, 07:01:06 AM »
All this talk about doctors and waiting times has reminded me of a few, both good and bad… :)

Relevant background information: my mother has spina bifida occulta, an incredibly minor type of spina bifida that was only discovered when she had x-rays for something else. It's basically a slightly deformed vertebra; it doesn't directly cause problems (her spinal cord itself is just fine), but affects how a couple of muscles attach to that bone, so makes her more vulnerable to problems with those muscles and her hips. I don't have the same defect, but at the time this happened we didn't know that.

My previous regular GP had gone on maternity leave and then decided to take a long leave of absence, so I was kind of doctor-hopping at a multi-doctor practice while waiting to find another one who 'clicked'. Sometimes this worked out well, like the time I had a shattered toe bone and got randomly sent to the sports medicine specialist; other times it worked out… not so well. :P I had been getting some pain and mobility problems in my hips and needed to get it sorted out (having one leg fold up underneath you when you're climbing stairs will make you realise something's getting serious) and trotted off to the clinic, where I got randomly assigned to the waffliest, wishy-washy-est doctor it has ever been my luck to be misdiagnosed by. I was about halfway through telling her the details, and got to "Oh, and my mother has [explanation] so I thought that might need to be ruled out--"

She cut me off right there. I don't remember her exact words, but it was a rambling monologue in a sort of airy, sing-song tone, with no pauses in it for me to interject, and boiled down to "Ohhhhh that's almost certainly the problem but we can't tell for sure without doing an x-ray and we won't be doing that because it's too close to your ovaries so the only option we really have is to wait until it gets much worse and then do surgery to fix it." And then she smiled at me, like I was supposed to be happy that she'd just told me she had no intention of actually fixing my problem.

I was polite. I paid, and left, and started looking for a better doctor, because… well, they were my dang ovaries, and if it was going to take an x-ray to find out what was wrong with my hips (and had nearly pitched me head-first down a four-storey stairwell) then it was going to be my choice as to whether or not I risked zapping my hypothetical future offspring. I mean, really? One x-ray? When they can do lead drapes and so on and focus the emitter to reduce exposure to bits of you that you don't want zapped? I was going to take that INCREDIBLY MINOR risk instead of suffering on, potentially for years, with random severe pain and the Amazing Randomly Collapsing Legs (and did I mention nearly DYING in a TRAGIC STAIRWELL ACCIDENT?!) until it got to some arbitrary point where it was 'bad enough' to actually do something about, possibly to be followed up by being told "Oh, oops! It wasn't spina bifida after all! We could have fixed it years ago!"

I got a new doctor (who frequently ran late, but had the best bedside manner ever, wasn't afraid to admit he didn't know something and needed to call in a specialist, and had receptionists who would tell you "He's running [this much] late, I'm terribly sorry - would you like to go downstairs for a coffee, or reschedule?"). He actually used an arcane diagnostic procedure that involved poking me in the back (I presume Ms Wishy-Washy never learned it) to determine that I did not in fact have a hole in my lumbar vertebrae but did have some suspiciously twangy back muscles, asked some more questions about my actual symptoms and history, and sent me off to a physiotherapist to get some exercises that completely fixed my not-spina-bifida-at-all problems. (Turns out that slipping on ice-covered stairs and giving yourself a massive whack across your lower back can cause muscle problems that show up as hip instability about eight years later. Who knew? :-\)
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« Reply #5137 on: November 23, 2013, 11:03:53 AM »
Apparently, your new doctor did.  ;D

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« Reply #5138 on: November 29, 2013, 12:36:17 PM »
It isn't really a case of never shopping there again but they have certainly taken me out of the rotation for regular visits.

My little local yarn shop.

They advertised a 'Black Friday' sale.  Why Canadian stores a long way from the border are doing this, I'll never know.  I needed a ball of yarn to finish my Christmas projects and other yarns for some upcoming projects.  Of course, none of the yarns that worked for me were on sale.  It was a very few select yarns that were on sale and this set of 'grab bags' that didn't interest me for the price they wanted.

And to top it all off, they no longer sell any lower end brands.  Everything is high end.  I don't generally use higher end yarns because of the expense and because most of the people I knit for wouldn't appreciate it.  Plus, I knit for small kids.  I'm not knitting something that will be outgrown in a year with $15/ball yarn.

So now, I have to find somewhere to buy yarn at reasonable prices.  I used to buy yarn at Zeller's but they've all closed down.  I won't shop at WalMart (do they have a craft section?) and there is no Target in my city, either.  That leaves me with Micheals, which is located in a part of town that is a pain in the neck to get to and you take your life into your hands trying to drive in that part of town with all the crazy drivers.

I'll still patronize them if I want a really good quality yarn for a specific project but otherwise?  I won't be going there any more.
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« Reply #5139 on: November 29, 2013, 12:45:57 PM »
Walmart does have a craft section and does sell yarn online (and ship to store, etc) - you could try places like knitpicks.com, etc for online yarn shopping?  It's not quite the same since you don't get to compare colors against each other, feel it before you buy, etc, but... it's something?

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« Reply #5140 on: November 29, 2013, 01:27:30 PM »
Walmart does have a craft section and does sell yarn online (and ship to store, etc) - you could try places like knitpicks.com, etc for online yarn shopping?  It's not quite the same since you don't get to compare colors against each other, feel it before you buy, etc, but... it's something?
NO.  Not knitpicks.  They don't give a rat's patootie about their customers.  They had a hacker penetrate their customer database and gain access to credit card numbers, etc.  That wasn't the NeverAgain problem, though.  The NeverAgain was that they didn't bother to notify any of the customers whose cards had been compromised.  They discovered the breach last December, and didn't even acknowledge it until mid-February, well AFTER their customers had a whole raft of fraudulent charges on their cards.
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« Reply #5141 on: November 29, 2013, 01:29:50 PM »
I'm in Canada so I have to go with Canadian retailers or end up paying duty and all that fun stuff, which I'd rather avoid.

I actually do a lot of my yarn shopping on kijiji (like Craigslist) and buy up other people's stashes.   ;D

But thanks for the heads up about knitpicks!
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« Reply #5142 on: November 29, 2013, 02:59:25 PM »
Eeew... Okay, not knitpicks then.  Another online place.  I don't buy enough yarn, either online or locally, to be able to offer anything else... but I do agree that it does suck when places become "high end" when there's nothing else around.  You'd think they would want to broaden their customer base by having things at different price points, especially if the market is sparse in their area.

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« Reply #5143 on: November 29, 2013, 04:45:14 PM »
Maybe michaels.com? (or joann's or hobby lobby)  Not sure if they have a Canada division or whatever so you wouldn't have to pay extra.

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« Reply #5144 on: November 29, 2013, 04:52:40 PM »
We've got Micheals and I can go there.  I may end up starting to order off the Mary Maxim website again.  We have one in Paris, Ontario so I don't have to worry about duty.
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