No big deal, huh?

First of all, let me start by saying incompetence pisses me off. Aside from that, though, anyone undergoing cancer treatments knows what it is like to count down until you are done. Final chemo, final radiation, and later, hopefully, final routine check if you hit the coveted 5 year mark without a recurrence.  Like anyone else I am counting down my treatments.  I stayed on schedule through 16 rounds of chemo. Now on to radiation..  8 down, 25 to go. 5 more weeks of 5 days a week, starting today.  My “last” day is was 8/10/11.  I live 30-40 minutes from the cancer center depending on traffic/weather. I give myself 45 minutes to get there. I usually arrive 10 minutes or so before my scheduled treatment.  Today was no exception. I checked in, got undressed and sat to wait. There was a mishap when a lady fell in the bathroom and was calling for help. There wasn’t a nurse in sight and she couldn’t reach the call button. Unfortunately she had fallen against the door, so I couldn’t open it to see if she just needed help standing or needed a nurse.  Another patient went to find someone while I stayed with her. Once the nurses arrived I got out of the way and continued to wait.  My name was called and the nurse who (I think) is in charge of the scheduling said “I left you a message!”  Okay, but here I am.  She said the machine was down (again!.. this is getting to be a habit, though I’ve never been sent away before) and she had called me to cancel.  I asked what time she called and she said “a few minutes ago”.  Splendid. A few minutes ago, while she was calling my house I was already disrobed and freezing in the waiting room. She informed me the “other machine” was up and running but the  one I was scheduled for was down. I was already there. I was undressed. There were only two other people waiting and one had been wheeled out on a stretcher. Surely they could have squeezed me in even though they were “booked solid” until 5. My treatment takes all of 5-6 minutes.  I debated arguing, but I was afraid if I pissed her off she would turn up the juice.  Then she said I hadn’t wasted the trip because Dr. Jones was seeing his patients today. Well, bully for Dr. Jones’ patients. I am not one of them.  She kept apologizing and of course I don’t blame her about the machine being down or even for being boneheaded enough to call me 5 minutes before my scheduled appointment to cancel. Even if I lived in the parking lot it would take me at least that long to get there.  What pissed me off nearly beyond reason was her flippant.. “oh it’s no big deal.. we just tack the missed appointment(S) on to the end”.  Yeah, it is a big deal to me. It’s a fucking big deal.