Guest Jude the Grouch

Know When It's Time To Fire Your Doctor

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Thank you! I cannot claim to have found this article, though. It was one of the good folks here who found it, Sherrill, I think. Please, ladies, correct me if I'm wrong. She is a terrific researcher, isn't she?

 

jude

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Great article and something that I did two years ago.

 

I was very unhappy with my rheumatologist who I had seen for 20 years. I heard about a rheumatologist who had started her practice in a town about 30 minutes away. My Scleroderma support leader had good things to say about her. I did not need a referral to make an appointment.

 

I had my records from current rheumatologist which she went over. After a thorough examination, recommendations for treatment and suggestions for further testing I asked if she would treat me. I am so glad I switched and often wonder what condition I would be in today if I had remained with my old rheumatologist.

 

It was difficult telling my old rheumatologist he was fired. I had an appointment scheduled with him a few days later. He did not take it well or try to talk to me about why I was switching. He stood up and started to leave the room when I told him. He could not get out of the room fast enough.

 

Sarah

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Good article.

I fired my first and only internal medicine doctor. For reasons 2 & 5. Lets call him Dr. R. Dr. R. said I had asthma and I disagreed. He didn't listen and thought I just needed stronger Advair - a medication that I felt wasn't helping at all. So I sought out an allergist who ruled out allergies and referred me to a pulm. doc. She diagnosed the scleroderma & lung disease. Dr. R. was mistakenly faxed my diagnosis. His then office called me and wanted me to come in and discuss this with him. I asked why he couldn't just call me himself and why I had to spend my copay talking to a Dr. who didn't listen to me. I felt he would just give me more useless meds. I told them over the phone not to contact me any further.

 

Fired Baby! Fired!

 

hearts,

 

peanut


You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate

my HMO makes me wear a helmet...

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Hi everyone, Found the article very interesting, i'm very happy with my doctor, however in the Uk think it is more difficult if you are unlucky enough to have a doctor that you don't get on with. Patients here can't arrange an appointment with a specialist themselves but have to be referred by their general practitioner ( primary care provider)whether they use the National Health Service or pay for private medicine and generally have little choice who they get to see. If you then find you don't get on them and want to change doctor you have to persuade your general practitioner to refer you to someone else, which can be tricky.

Lizzie

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Hi Everyone,

 

My problem isn't with the doctor....it's his staff. Refusing to return phone calls....even to say 'hey, we will check into that.' Gareth has one of the best GI doctors in this area, but his staff is the 'pits' and there is no way to talk to him on the phone about it since EVERYTHING goes through his nurse or secretary.

 

Take care, Everyone.

Margaret

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Margaret,

 

Have you ever received a patient satisfaction survey from your medical group? I really like my daughter's pediatrician and rheumatologist, and I make sure that I fill out the papers to indicate so. My own doctor, though, had a HORRIBLE front office who couldn't fax in an authorization or prescription to save their lives! Plus they quadruple booked appointments! When I finally got smart and switched doctors, I made sure to let B.C. know exactly why I wanted to change doctors. It made me feel better, anyway, even if it didn't change anything.

 

Take care,

Jennifer

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<<Have you ever received a patient satisfaction survey from your medical

group? >>

 

Hi Jennifer ,

 

No, I haven't recieved any such of a thing from their office. There is probably a good reason why, though!!! They already know!!! I am in the process of findinga new GI doctor since we moved 100 miles away this past weekend. Fortunately, Gareth's rheumatologist is one I can keep since she makes the drive to this city once a month. I have references for a GI, Internist, eye doctor, and dentist so far. Oh, the joys of moving!!!

 

Take care, Everyone.

Margaret

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i had a hospital call me to survey my experience.

 

I was hyperventilating and in pain from a wound I accidently gave myself. one of the nurses applied a cream to my wound. as she applied the cream she said "we typically only give this to small children" isn't that nice of her to belittle me while I'm in a state of panic? then a charming, funny blue eyed doctor treated me. I was so relieved to find some nice.

 

So when the survey called I had much to say.

 

peanut


You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate

my HMO makes me wear a helmet...

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Thanks for the kudos Jude, but I didn't find the article either. It must have been Janey? Good article Janey!

 

No, I'm in the process of having an extended "down and out" with more sleeping than anything being done! The diagnosis isn't good, but I have a great dietitian who now has me on full enteral feeding (minus the hosepipe thank goodness! I just drink it) This seems to be pulling me round better than anything. Though it won't fix my new problems which concern an enlarged heart, with poss. heart failure, some fluid in the lungs, and escalating ILD, it's giving me more strength to fight.

 

The doctor I saw a fortnight ago at the hospital seemed exceptional. Then I saw him again 2 days back, and didn't get anywhere! No questions allowed, though I forced that a bit, and consequently I am also considering my options with him. Trouble is it's a similar situation to Lizzie in the UK. Here in NZ the Health System is similar, and this doctor is under the NHS. However, we can go off and get another doctor privately without a referral, which is a consideration for me. It would need to be a cardiologist, as this is where my main troubles lie, including an erratic heartbeat, but also being a renal failure patient on dialysis I can't afford to offend the NHS as they supply all my renal stuff free. It's a bit of a tightrope walk isn't it? Unfortunately my kidneys, which have been stable for some time, have suddenly also gone downhill fast, and this too affects many other parts of the body. <sigh> where does one go from here? I'll have to take it all a day at a time.

 

Warm hugs,

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Hmmm. I have been wondering about the integrity of my newest primary care physician. I may over analyze things. I went into her office for a meet and greet. We talked more about depression than Scleroderma. She asked me if I was depressed and my answer was "yeah, probably" (who isn't :)) I ended up leaving her office with a month's supply of an antidepressant. It just makes me suspect the the pharmaceutical kickbacks.

 

I liked her much better than the last two PCPs so I am keeping her.

Jennifer

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Hi Sherrill,

 

I'm happy to hear you are on enteral feeding now and glad that it is helping you come around a bit. We miss you terribly!!

 

You may be able to incorporate a new cardiologist on your team by just saying you want "additional expertise" for "this particular situation". After all, two or three heads are definitely better than one. And no doctor worth their salt should be put off by their patient getting another opinion. The good ones welcome it, assuming it will reinforce their fine opinion, and the bad ones -- well, if they throw a fit, who needs them?

 

What we need is for you to get the best care of all, so that you can at least stabilize a bit!


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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