This is my venting session: Being a GMO really sucks. And don't delusion yourself into thinking being a Flight Surgeon or Undersea Medical Officer does not suck either. It just sucks less than being a GMO. Case in point. Today, I find out that one of my patients I take care of missed her freakin' mental health appointment yesterday. I worked hard last week to get her seen by the psychiatrist before she goes on vacation at the end of this week (routine appointments usually take 3 weeks). But she missed her appointment because she "got lost" going to the Naval Hospital and arrived late. How can you get lost if you've been living in this small town for the past 6 months?! Of course, she was non-chalant about it. Now she is rescheduled for an appointment next month. But my CO does not want to wait that long. He wants her seen before she goes on vacation. So my CO is pushing me to have her seen by the psychiatrist today or tomorrow even though this is entirely the patient's fault. And the psychiatrist is going on X-mas vacation tomorrow. Now I have to run through hoops to try and make this happen. But it is not an absolute emergency (the patient is not suicidal or homicidal). THIS IS ABSOLUTE CRAP! This type of crap happens regularly to all GMOs, Flight Surgeons (FS), and Undersea Medical Officers (UMO). Just because you get to fly as a FS or dive as a UMO doesn't mean you're free from it. Being a FS or UMO is the equivalent to being a "gloried GMO" who still deals with the same CRAP! CRAP I TELL YA! P.S. - Did I tell you I hate being a FS?! Six more months then I'm done with this $hi+!!!