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I may finally be getting a Pap smear.

More calls to the base locator and information *still* haven't yielded any phone number for the elusive patient advocate (maybe they cut that job, the clinic's so understaffed), so I called Tricare to see if my PCM could do a pelvic exam. In order to get it, I got to explain my symptoms once again but succeeded in at least getting an appointment for a Pap (I was told she can't do a pelvic exam per se, but can do a physical and a Pap, which is better than I got from women's health) on 1 August.

Feel free to start placing bets on whether I'll find out what's causing my medical problems before I give up, go home, and see a REAL provider. (I can't recommend Denver/Evergreen OB-GYN enough to any woman in the Denver area. I never knew medical care wasn't supposed to leave me angry and confused until I saw them.)

EDIT 1320: an Apologetic Airman from the base clinic called to tell me the base clinic won't be open on 1 August due to an event on base (they weren't sure what it was, but think it's a parade) and I had to reschedule with the Tricare appointment line. Another ten minutes listening to craptastic hold music and I have an appointment for 4 August. If it wouldn't lessen my chances of ever getting any care from the base clinic, I'd go to the civilian hospital for a Pap smear since I've already been waiting for a couple of weeks.

I'd like to kick a lot of people in the c_nt, but it'd ruin the shine on my shoes.


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