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Frustrated is spelled dooley!!!

Category: Choices | Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:30 pm

I'm going to quit going to doctors. All they want to do is send you to another doctor. Yuck!
Way back in February I had an appointment with the family doctor. His office called the week before and I had to come in right away on my day off because he had my lab tests back. It was an emergency. So, (on my day off) I went to the doctor. My thyroid levels were too high and I had no thyroid because I'd had it removed 27 years ago. So, I had to go to an endocrinologist. Time to get an appointment, (remember this was an emergency) two and a half months. She said my thyroid has grown back. Off to the hospital for a radio active (gamma rays) thyroid scan. Endocrinologist calls two weeks later. Scan not sufficient, back to hospital for ultrasound. Endocrinologist calls, must come in right away. Thyroid grown too large, must have either surgery or radio active thyroid treatment. First, must go to surgeon for biopsy. Time to get an appointment, (remember this was an emergency) two and a half months.
Another appointment with the family doctor to check my diabetes. Did he want to talk about diabetes? NO, he wanted to talk about a knee injury from back in March. I need to go to an orthopedic doctor right away. I told him that first, I needed to get through this thyroid thing. One thing at a time. He wasn't happy and when I went to pay, he had scheduled me for another appointment in September. So, I then went to the surgeon for the biopsy and lo and behold he did it the same day. The nurse called at the beginning of the next week and told me it was benign and I could call the endocrinologist and make an appointment for the radiation treatment. But, first I had to go back the next week to see the surgeon. Why? Because federal law says the results have to come from the doctor not the nurse. He tells me the very same thing she did.
I had to call the endocrinologist three weeks in a row before anyone returned my call and then it was to say I needed a lab test for thyroid levels. Meantime, back to the family doctor to have an x-ray of my knee which shows only slight degeneration due to arthritis. I knew that without an x-ray. Now, he says go to the orthopedic doctor. Endocrinologist office calls and says they sent paperwork to hospital and I will receive a call for an appointment. Lady from hospital calls (are you ready for this) two days later. Scheduled appointment for last Friday. Of course, the appointment for the orthopedic doctor was today. Only one month wait for it. Thursday, the endocrinologist office nurse calls and wants to know if I scheduled the appointment for the radiation treatment. I told it was on Friday. Well, I couldn't go for that without coming by the office for instructions. So, on the way to work we stop at office. Instructions are waiting. Preprinted pages stuffed into an enveloped which I had to sign for. Went to Flagstaff on Friday for radiation treatment. Had to see their doctor first which took all of 10 minutes. Swallowed one very large blue capsule (beta rays) and I'm shown the door. Long list of instructions to follow. No work on Saturday. So, today we got up and went to the orthopedic doctor. He wanted copy of x-ray from family doctor. Did anyone tell me? They did, when it was too late to do anything about it. It was on the voice mail when we got home on Friday. No time to stop to get it this morning. I would take at least three days notice. The orthopedic doctor seems a very nice man. He looks at knee, asks a few questions and says you need an MRI. Well, of course, I do. Receptionist calls the radiology clinic and sets it up for this coming Friday. It's an open MRI so it costs a bit more. Then, I'm to go back to the orthopedic doctor on November lst. He suspects a torn mensa(?) I suspect he'll want to repair it. Is there an alternative? Probably not one he will recommend. We shall see. Meanwhile I had to cancel my eye doctor appointment to fit in another (more important, of course) appointment. I have to call the endocrinologist to see about a schedule for lab tests to monitor said thyroid radiation. When do you think she will get to that? It only takes two to three months for it to work. Can you say frustrated? It's spelled, dooley.

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eileen wrote on Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:41 pm:

Good grief Dooley what a rigmarole!!! Neither wonder your feeling frustrated hun. I really, really hope that everything gets sorted out for you ASAP. Your appointments must be costing you an absolute fortune and, as far as I can see, nothing is really being done, just tests and more appointments. I have everything crossed in the hope that you see some light at the end of the tunnel soon.

Love and hugs, Eileen.


toni wrote on Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:03 pm:

My goodness Dooley what a bunch of what appears to be running around for no good reasons. Sometimes I swear the Drs. all email each other with with instructions for what route each patient will take from one of them to the next.

Hope you see an end of these doctors soon.


glendann wrote on Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:26 pm:

Oh noooo Dooley it doesn't seem like it will ever end for you and the Dr.appointments. Frustrating to say the least.I hope for your sake it ends very soon.


CritterPainter wrote on Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:35 pm:

Aww, you don't deserve that kind of runaround! Last spring I had a Dr. tell me I had to have several very expensive tests done, and being muleheaded, I refused. She flipped for, like, 15 minutes- how could I not get these tests done?!? When she finally accepted that I wasn't gonna do it, she admitted that there was a very high chance what she'd seen were transient fibroids. How can we trust Dr.s anyways?? Hope everything turns out to be nothing much!!


Netty wrote on Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:37 pm:

I see why you are so frustrated Dooley! Geeze, you spent more time on the phone waiting for appointments then you spent AT the appointments! Hope it's all sorted out for you really soon.


Droopy wrote on Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:25 am:

Oh, Dooley. *big hug*

I hope you get well pretty much on your own, so they won't have reason to hound you like they do.


wannabe wrote on Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:00 pm:

If it is a tear why didn't they know it back in March when you first injured it? It seems it would be more prominent then. I hate the run around from Doctors also. Wannabe

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