The Original Poster (OP) finds herself embroiled in a harrowing battle with her new neurologist over a state-required form that allows her to drive despite her controlled epilepsy. Navigating administrative chaos, deception, and sheer negligence, she and her husband take desperate steps to salvage her driving privileges. Just when they think they’ve made headway, another staggering obstacle comes their way, throwing their faith in the healthcare system into further jeopardy.
The Necessary Form
OP has epilepsy, which is controlled with medication. She can drive if her neurologist signs a yearly form for the state. This form is critical for OP’s life since she’s a mother of four, and driving is essential to her family’s daily routine. After moving to a new place, OP schedules a neurology appointment and feels hopeful.
A Routine Procedure Goes Awry
OP receives the yearly letter from the state to renew her driving permit. Following her neurologist’s instructions, her husband drops off the form at the doctor’s office on his way to work. Both OP and her husband believe that everything is taken care of. Six months later, OP is notified that her driver’s license has been suspended for not submitting the form.
The Call to the Neurologist
OP calls the neurology office to inquire about the form, only to discover that her neurologist doesn’t fill out forms and has thrown hers away. Despite her previous assurance from the office, they deny responsibility. OP is shocked and angered by this revelation. Her husband takes over the phone call to mitigate the situation.
Entering the Advocate
OP’s husband spends over an hour on the phone, involving a patient advocate to resolve the issue. The office finally agrees to fill out and submit the form. OP and her husband are relieved but remain skeptical. They wait for confirmation that the form is correctly completed and submitted.
The neurology office makes mistakes on the form not once but three times. Each error implies that the general doctor should fill out the form, not the neurologist. OP is now furious and highly suspicious of the neurologist’s intentions. The stakes are getting higher, and her patience is running out.
OP calls the neurology office and sternly instructs them to fill out the form correctly this time. She warns that she’ll resort to legal action if they don’t. The office finally promises to take care of it. OP remains vigilant but somewhat hopeful.
The Visit to the Office
OP and her husband drive to the neurologist’s office. Her husband decides to handle the situation to prevent further escalation. He asks for the head nurse and waits until the form is filled out correctly. This time, they want to witness the process.
Forged but Solved
OP notices that the nurse has forged the neurologist’s signature on the form. While she feels no resentment towards the nurse, she understands the nurse is trying to navigate a complicated situation with an irresponsible boss. The form is finally sent, and OP gets her license back.
OP reports the neurologist to the hospital board and the state medical board. She also leaves scathing reviews online to warn others about her ordeal. The bureaucratic wheels start turning, with investigations launched into the neurologist’s practices.
A New Neurologist
Not taking any more chances, OP finds a new neurologist 40 minutes away. The longer drive is a small price to pay for reliable medical care. She leaves the irresponsible neurologist behind but continues to monitor the situation.
Signs of Desperation
OP learns that the neurologist has started hanging signs in the office, warning patients against being mean to him. This seems like a desperate move and only turns more patients away. It appears that the neurologist is facing some backlash.
The Staff Exodus
Word comes that the neurologist’s department is struggling to keep supporting staff. It seems that the environment has turned toxic. OP suspects that her complaints and the resulting investigations have had a ripple effect, affecting not just the neurologist but the entire department.
State Investigation Intensifies
OP receives a letter from the state medical board indicating a full-blown investigation into the conduct of the neurologist and his department. She happily provides her consent for the investigation to proceed. Things are escalating legally and professionally for the irresponsible neurologist.
People who notice the warning signs in the neurologist’s office start opting for the 40-minute drive to see another doctor. This starts affecting the department’s reputation and financial stability. It’s becoming clear that OP’s actions have had broader implications than she initially anticipated.
OP hears through the grapevine that there have been significant repercussions for the neurologist, although details are sketchy. However, the signs and the staff turnover suggest he’s facing the music in some form. It’s a quiet validation for OP that her actions were justified.
Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?
Feeling slightly guilty for the neurologist losing most of his patients, OP posts her story online to read the judgments of the internet community. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.
One reader said, “You only asked that he fill out a form that takes less than a minute that he is legally required to do. Crazy.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “I just wanted to say I’m so proud of you! I don’t know you, but I know what it’s like. You did everything right! I’m always happy when I hear people standing up and fighting for themselves. And double that when it works.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “I work in a medical office. I don’t have to fill out many forms like this, but when I do, I don’t think it has ever taken me more than five minutes, AT MOST.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “Your state requires you to fill out a form to keep your license? At least five members of my immediate family have seizure disorders, including well-controlled epilepsy. No one has ever filled out a form, ever. All but one drive.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.