I’m writing today with good news! I have FINALLY found a doctor who actually LISTENS to what I’m saying. WHAT A CONCEPT!!! Sarcasm aside, this man is fabulous. Dr. Dubravec, in Cadillac, MI, is one of the best doctors I have seen. He’s logical!
A little background. I had a doctor closer to home that I was planning on working with. He had all the recommendations of people I trusted, and I know that Dr. Afrin had worked with him before. I had my first visit with him before I went to see Afrin for my 2nd visit. Everything was great, and they were working with me. I needed to change my insurance to one they took, but they understood that I would be a cash patient in the beginning while getting things changed over. The lovely state dragged their feet on this, and I didn’t get it changed for 4 months. Which that doctor knew about. Then, my insurance changed and I called to make my 2nd appointment with this local doctor. I was STUNNED when I was told that I was being dropped from their practice. Apparently, I was supposedly committing fraud, and I lied to them when I initially had my first visit. They were insisting that I told them that I had NO insurance, instead of an insurance policy that they just didn’t accept. This biller yelled at me for quite a while and I’m confused and sobbing at this point. My point was, why would I lie to someone who I wanted to help me? Why would I risk that? And then my mom called to talk to him just so she could understand what he was talking about, and he immediately accused me of lying to them again. My mom, being my witness, stood up for me and asked what he was talking about. He proceeded to tell her about a conversation that he remembers overhearing that I had with the receptionist when I first walked into the office. Keep in mind, he was not a part of this conversation. When my mom reminded him of a conversation he was actually a part of, he barely remembered that conversation. This proves to me that he had NO idea what he was talking about, and that his accusations were unfounded. I’m still angry about how I was treated, but I’m no longer a part of that office, which was the best thing for me in the long run.
SO! Because of the ridiculousness that was that doctor’s office, I found Dr. Dubravec. The day I called, the receptionist was SO NICE and more than willing to get me in quick. I had to wait a month and a half. And HE WAS WORTH THE WAIT!!! I could barely sleep last night because of how nervous I was that he would be another dead end. He’s the exact opposite. Not only was I called back ON TIME (crazy thought…) but he sat there and listened to me. He read all of my records, asked for more, read my letters from Afrin, and looked at me and smiled. “Ok. There are doctors out there who rely ONLY on test results. I’m not one of those doctors. You’re sick. You’ve done a ton of testing. What I can see makes me lean towards MCAS, so why are we waiting to treat? I’m not going to. I normally wouldn’t start to just treat first visit, but you’ve been sick long enough. Let’s get going.” I literally dropped my jaw. Mom and I said “Thank You!” at the same time. Not only is he starting me on 2 new prescriptions, we’re switching around some of the over the counter medications I take as well. I was stunned; who does this?! With the crap that I’ve gotten from doctors, this was amazing! I was on the verge of tears. Truly, thinking about this visit, I’m still emotional. Before he left, he asked what my goals were. My first goal was to get rid of the pain that I constantly have. He prescribed a medication he’s had success with in the past. I talked about how I wanted to go to a store. Another medication. I mentioned that I wanted to gain my independence back. He smiled and said, “this is the first step.”
I’m so taken back by how amazing he is. I’m on a list for a call in a month simply to see how I’m doing. WHO DOES THAT?!?! I’m so excited about this. For the first time in ages, I have hope. It’s a nice feeling, and I’m holding onto it as tightly and as close as I can.
Thank you all for standing by me. You mean more than you could possibly say.
All my love,