Ultrasound Update

I’ve been trying to get my ultrasound results all this week.  I’ve been calling, leaving messages, and not hearing back.  I called and talked to the receptionist today, and she said she would have someone call me by the end of business today.  Great.  Finally.  It’s only been TWO WEEKS since I had my ultrasound done.  It’s not like I’m freaking out because the word ‘cancer’ was thrown around or anything.

So, the nurse just called me around 3pm.  She said ‘I don’t know why we have to call you, we mailed you a letter yesterday saying your ultrasound was clear.’

Which… YAY it’s clear!  I’m beyond relieved by that.

But… WHAT?  I was told the doctor would CALL ME.  I’ve left messages asking someone to call me back.  I’ve been trying to get these results all this week.  Why couldn’t someone call me the first time I called?  Why couldn’t someone call me when the results were mailed out?  It’s not like I was passively waiting.  They knew I wanted these results, especially after the whole thing on Monday with the radiology place sending the results to the wrong doctor.

Then, I asked what I should do now.  I mean, my uterus is suddenly enlarged when it used to be normal sized.  That’s not normal.  She acted like this was the weirdest question she’s ever heard.  She acted like I should be appeased by one negative test.  I mean, I’m so glad it’s clear.  So, so glad because that means it’s not cancer… but still!  Now I have another mysterious symptom (enlarged uterus) with no answers for it.  I feel like this is the third doctor in a row to think I should be appeased by negative test results.  No. Not at all.  All that does is rule some things out.  It doesn’t negate the symptom.

She said she could have my doctor call me at the end of next week (Apparently he’s ‘out of the office’ until then) to figure it out.

I definitely blew up at her because all of my frustration from every doctor appointment so far has bubbled to the top.  I asked for her office manager’s phone number, and she kept trying to talk me out of it… offering to have my doctor call me, looking through my chart, trying to figure out a way to appease me.  I said, “No. I want to speak to your office manager.  I am paying for a service, and I’m not satisfied with the way I was treated.  I was told I would receive a phone call.  That ended up being a lie.  Do you know what it’s like to hear that you might have cancer, and to have to wait two weeks to hear the results???  Do you know how stressful that is?  Now I’m told my one test is negative and that’s it.  No follow up or anything.  One negative test result does not negate the fact that my uterus suddenly grew a few sizes.”

So, she finally put me on hold to go see if the office manager was available to speak to me.  She returned a few minutes later to refer me to their administrator Helen.  She gave me her phone number and stated that my doctor is usually good about calling patients when he says he will, and that it was probably a miscommunication.  She also said that she would let my doctor know that I called and would like to speak to him.

So, there’s that. I don’t know.  I guess I wait until the end of next week to see what he has to say before I figure out what my next step will be.  I’m just BEYOND frustrated at everything, and I don’t know if I can stomach going to another doctor at this point.  Now I understand why there are so many people who just never get diagnosed.

I’m getting a copy of my films from the Radiology establishment.  They require 48 hours to print them.  That means I can pick them up Monday, but the receptionist stated that I should call to check today.  They might finish them early.

I feel like I say this all the time, but I’m going to say it again.  You do not deserve to be treated like this.  If you’re unsatisfied with the way your doctor is handling your care, switch doctors, speak to their boss, do something.  Doctors need to learn that they cannot keep getting away with this.  You are paying for a service, so you deserve to be treated with care and respect.

I don’t know if I’d believe my posts if I wasn’t the one living this.

In other news:  My cat is a weirdo.

McNugget

I had to cut him out.

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"I have learned to keep to myself how exceptional I am." ~Mason Cooley I'm a married stay at home mom living in Southern New Jersey. I have one daughter, one son, and three furbabies. I love to cook. I love to craft. I love to sew. I just.... love to create in general. I also am pretty fond of adventuring, of exploring new places. I'm shy when I first meet people, but once I'm comfortable with them, you can't shut me up. I'm crazy and silly. I have an unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs.
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14 Responses to Ultrasound Update

  1. Jennifer M. says:

    This is just appalling – no one should have to go through what you’ve been through! I am so glad to hear that your test is negative, but to notify you in a letter; that’s like breaking up with someone in a text message. Grossly inappropriate. I’m angry for you and have no words…

    This is exactly why I haven’t been to the doctor in several years – I just don’t like dealing with all that cr*p!

    In other news – I love your cat. Thanks for leaving me with a smile this morning. Take care, Pam – and stay strong 🙂

    • pamasaurus says:

      Thank you. I’m just so over it! The doctors in this area are just…. I can’t think of a nice word for what I want to call them, so I’ll just let you use your imagination 😉 I don’t blame you for not wanting to see a doctor! I really want to give up at this point, ugh.

      My cat is awesome, haha! He’s always doing crazy things!

  2. I am just shocked that you keep having trouble like this. I really want you to consider doing the website. It sounds like the administrator is no better than the assistant who called you. However, I AM glad to hear you gave that assistant a piece of your mind for all the trouble you have endured!

    • pamasaurus says:

      In central Pa, I never had issues like this. It seems to be a consensus that doctors in this area of South Jersey are just crap. Daniel’s boss has taken their son to 12 doctors in two years because they all act like this. It’s crazy!

      I’m definitely considering it, but I’d have to figure out how to do it. I have no idea about these things! I can use this site because it’s simple… but to build a site like that from scratch is beyond my knowledge.

  3. My like was for your cat being a weirdo. That is hilarious!
    And kudos to you for standing up for yourself. Some people can be so rude. Perhaps it is part of their ‘daily grind’ to call people and give them their news in an untimely and non-passionate way, but for people waiting for diagnosies or answers it IS a big deal. ARGH!

    • pamasaurus says:

      My cats are always doing weird things. Well, the dog is two. My whole family is a bunch of weirdos, haha.

      EXACTLY. I don’t think they understand how hard it is to wait for results of something like that. It might not seem like a big deal to them, but it’s life changing for me!

      • Yepp. I had an irregular pap smear several months back and it took 6 weeks to book the appointment with the specialist, and then another 6-10 weeks to make the appointment to get the results!!! PS coffeepoweredmom, it could be cancer, but no worries.
        :O (it wasn’t…..btw)

      • pamasaurus says:

        Ugh, sorry they did that to you! It’s so crazy how they just don’t care that we’re going out of our minds waiting!

  4. Juliet says:

    I’m so sorry that once again you are encountering such poor service from your doctor. It is unacceptable that they took so long to give you your results, especially when they indicated a possibility of cancer. Every day that goes by without results is very difficult. We had to go through this with my dad many times over the years (from age 36 to 59, he was diagnosed with three different types of cancer). It is so good to hear that it isn’t cancer.

    I think you did the right thing in voicing your concerns and frustrations to the doctor’s office. When my dad was going through treatment for stage 4 cancer, my family had many encounters with the medical system. My dad had some great doctors and he had some terrible ones. We learned that its imperative to ask questions, to voice concerns and frustrations, and to not be afraid to challenge what the doctor is recommending.We had a terrible hospital experience during the last days of my dad’s life. I was appalled at how inconsiderate and arrogant some of the doctors were that we encountered. But by mom stood her ground with the doctors, and I think it was the right thing to do. I want to encourage you to keep voicing your concerns about the system. And I’ll be praying that you find a doctor that genuinely cares about you as a patient.

    • pamasaurus says:

      Thank you. It’s so frustrating. Sorry that you had to endure all of that during such a difficult time. It’s disgusting that they think it’s perfectly ok to treat patients and families this way!

  5. mhdriver says:

    That’s great that your test came out clear. I’m sorry that it took so long.

  6. That is good news about the test results…on the other hand, they should be telling you what IS going on too. I’m way biased…no secret there…but an array of symptoms that conventional medicine can’t connect or explain says homeopathic or naturopathic evaluation to me. The down side is that they aren’t covered by insurance typically. If I can help w/ more info, just let me know. The e-mail you used to send leaf-project addr. is perfect. Grrrr…dang medical system.

    • pamasaurus says:

      I think I’m probably going to go to a naturopathic doctor. My insurance will cover it, but the closest doctor who accepts my insurance is in New York. That’s too far.

      I’m pretty sure it’s an estrogen surplus/something with my progesterone based on a few things (one being a positive reaction to chasteberry, but it wasn’t strong enough). So, I’m going to run a test with the progesterone-only birth control pills to see if it does anything. I’m going to give it two months, and if it doesn’t help, I’ll find a naturopath. Plus, with the holidays going on right now, I’d have to wait until I could fit it in the budget anyway.

      Thanks for everything!

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