Mayo rejection

UPDATE 9/28/12:

Okay, so I finally called and spoke with someone at the Mayo earlier this week and was told that I wasn’t rejected, but I’m on a waiting list for the physician I want to see. So I will see the doctor, but who knows when. I emphasized my desire to be seen ASAP if possible because my health insurance goes back to crap January 1st. The nurse made a special note of that, apparently. Mm-hmm, sure. Waiting, waiting…always waiting.


Another health update: I was recently rejected by the Mayo Clinic to see a doctor in their Orthopedic Surgery clinic for my right ankle. I had surgery for the second time on that ankle last October and the surgery hasn’t helped and possibly made it worse. I’m beyond frustrated. When I got home from my trip last month, I got a referral from my surgeon to see a foot and ankle specialist at the Mayo Clinic. I guess I’m not totally surprised at this rejection, since it’s difficult to get in at the Mayo. But I’m still pretty upset. I’ll have to get on the phone tomorrow and try to talk to someone about it and see if there’s anything that can be done. They just sent me a lame, generic letter in the mail so I didn’t even get to talk to anybody about it. Wish me luck, please! This ankle must be fixed.

5 thoughts on “Mayo rejection

  1. Sorry to hear about the frustration with your ankle treatment. I’ve had three surgeries on my ankles. Its hard to find orthopedic specialists who focus just on feet and ankles. At one time I got in to see a well known foot and ankle orthopedic specialist at the local university and was not impressed. But I found a local doc who trained there and he’s been wonderful. Hope your search and resultant treatment is fruitful. Andrew

    1. Hi Andrew,
      Thanks for your comment. What kind of surgeries did you have on your ankles? Both ankles? Are they better now? I hope so.

      Thanks for reading and hope you’re doing well,

  2. Yikes! That seriously sucks. I sincerely hope that the right doctor comes your way. I’ve been turned down by Mayo as well even when I personally knew the doctor(!) so I know how it can feel.

    1. Hi Abigail!
      Thanks for your comment and the support – I appreciate it. Sorry to hear you were also turned down! Do you have RA yourself? I’ve actually been to the Mayo a couple different times for other (probably) RA-related things and they didn’t really help me. Finding the right doctor can be so frustrating, yes.

      Thanks again for your comment and for reading.

      Take care,

      1. Angela,

        I have chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia (we think). I hate doctor shopping. So much of the time you end up getting hurt physically, emotionally, financially, while they just continue on their merry way.

        I have an amazing doctor — Dr. Leo on my blog — who has been a really blessing to me. The problem? We still don’t really know how to treat whatever it is that I have, and we also haven’t quite figured out how to get people in the real world not to be mean to me because of it!!

        I’m not sure there’s a moral to this story, but be sure to find joy in the days you have. Because you might chasing the wind… even if you catch up to it, it might not turn out to be what you thought it was.


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