Honestly at this point R_A I might have to start being a bit of a dick about the NHS, I can't be nice about it anymore. I want to burn it to the fucking ground.
I have been in the "system" since last year, about March, technically its January, but that was the GP then over to the hospital, I now have a specialist in endo as my consultant. Mid-last year we had a face to face, the TL;DR, surgery A or surgery B is the way to go. Other options will only be temporary. So pick a surgery.
So MRIs later and delays due to covid, I went to a private doctor who worked at the same hospital in the same area as my specialist consultant. He mentioned the same thing as my NHS consultant and said we need to get you a priority. During that time I decided to pick a surgery, I chose option B. It seemed the safest and future proofing I could achieve with my own body. The more surgeries of this kind I have, the more risk it entails.
Fast forward a little bit I had a phone call a couple of weeks ago, this was supposed to be with my NHS consultant, but for some reason it was with an entirely different doctor. Whatever. He asks me about my pain levels and whether I had given my consultants comments/advice any thought. I told him I had chosen surgery B after speaking to both him and my private doctor.
The doctor seemed iffy, but did give me next steps, that next they'd have a big meeting and decide if that actually was the right thing and if everyone was happy to do it. This happened last time back in '17 so I wasn't surprised. I want them to be sure this is the accepted route! So at this stage I was happy that we were maybe finally getting somewhere. We'd wait for the meeting and then in his words "get you in to sign consent forms".
However, today I received two letters (exactly the same so good job admin) for some reason this doctor on the phone was now suggesting that monthly injections and tablets for 6 MONTHS is a good idea, instead of surgery. However, they did concede they "still needed to have a chat about a surgical option with the wider team".
You fucking what? So you're telling me that in MARCH OF FUCKING 2020 you could have given me this and made my life easier whilst we waited? But you've waited over a year, with another 6 months potentially in my future before we'll even look at booking a surgical date? WITH NO PAIN RELIEF WHATSOEVER. (This is a running theme by the by, I've never ever been offered more than paracetamol since I was diagnosed in 2016, except the morphine for a good 24 hrs after surgery - sigh).
I am normally very very nice to every medical professional I meet, to the point of annoying my husband. But N-E you better pray for the next Dr or consultant who speaks to me because I'm about to tear then a new one. I am not waiting until sometime in fucking 2022 for a surgery and treatment that should have happened in 2020.