Friday, January 11, 2008
End of the Week
It's the end of the week and I feel like I have done a bit of chasing my tail all week. I wanted to end it with a clean desk and a fresh start next week, but that isn't going to happen. What did go well this week was the doctor appointments. On Monday I saw my Oncologist and for the first time since I've met him, he's significantly lengthened the time between our appointments. I see that as a good thing. On Thursday I had an appointment with a new doctor that I will most likely make my new primary care doctor. I like her, but I'm going to think about it for a bit, and I am going to go to a few more of the doctors on my list. The biggest hold up with her is the Hospital that she's affiliated with. I've had a bad experience with them and I'm not too keen on spending anymore of anyone's money with them. I would really hate to be in the situation of needing to be hospitalized and being there. I wonder if going in there being assigned to a hospitalist that is answering to my PCP would make a great deal of difference. I did discuss this with her, hoping that she'd be able to assign me to a doctor at another hospital. While she didn't come right out and say it, I do think that she's under contract to refer her patients to them. What she did say was that in the event that she hospitalized me there and I felt that my care was undesirable I could call her office and she'd be there to mediate the situation. How much power would she really have? The trouble is, I do like her. And the office staff seemed easy to work with. The good thing about it was that I had 2 doctor visits this week without acquiring any more diagnosis' or needing any further testing. I'd like to make this a the norm for the year. I keep telling myself to make the small changes and maybe the large frustrations will go away.