I had two appointments today with new doctors and actually have a good feeling about this!! :woohoo: I hope I'm not being premature....
Many of you know I have experienced frustration with my multitude of doctors and no co-ordination among them about my care. Over the years I tried to keep the majority of my doctors at one local medical center, aside from my scleroderma specialist, thinking this would make everything easy. However, my Primary Care Physician was not a part of this group and is an overworked clinic doctor, a good doctor, but my health issues are beyond what he can manage. I never sought another primary care physician until now because one of my doctors told me my case was so complicated it might be hard to get anyone to take me on. After looking into some options, I asked my nephrologist who he would suggest that might take me on as these two doctors need to communicate with each other well, and I went to him today. I had a great consult with the recommended doctor, gave him a brief rundown of all of my complicated issues, health and communication-wise and he said "I am not afraid of you." :D I liked everything about his office and will try him and see how it goes. He takes insurance and if it doesn't work out after a period of time I can always try something else. :P
I also saw a new cardiologist, also recommended by my nephrologist and my chiropractor. He is part of the group my previous cardiologist belongs to but has no problem with my switching to him. After a brief summary and a look at recent tests including my right heart catherization, discussion of pulmonary hypertension and lung transplant evaluation, he concluded that my cholesterol level was not an issue to be concerned about. I have no heart disease history in my family, my left heart catherization in 2010 showed no blockages, and in a couple of months I will have a carotid artery sonogram. Well, what have I been saying all along...? :emoticon-bang-head:
So it sounds good, doesn't it? Only time will tell but I am feeling more positive about things. And the moral of the story is, don't give up looking for the right fit of doctors.
We'll see how this goes as I see the scleroderma specialist next week and go for the initial lung transplant evaluation the week following.