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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/2/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
So I spent all weekend wondering what to do about my aching neck and low & behold, it dawned on me. I have the leading spinal injury facility in the world right in my back yard at the U. of Miami! Have any of you heard of "The Miami Projrct to cure Paralysis? They have some of the best, most inovative doctors in the world looking for a cure down there. So, it couldn't hurt to call the Spine Institute there and see if there are any doctors who will see me, right? So, I called and one of their Docs is a Proffessors who teaches there also has an office with some other U of M. Doc's right in Boca Raton which is right between where I work and where I live!! Anyway, I'm in the process of getting an apt. there hopefully this Weds. I was just so excited, I couldn't wait to call all my friends, the ones who were telling me to see a neuro surgeon right away. This guy is a neuro surgeon who speciallizes in neck problems!!! My luck may be changing.
But not with the G.D. surgeon who did my hernia surgery! These people won't even return my calls! I've already called them 3 times and they say the doc is out of town! Then his nurse will call me. NOT YET! I have this thing growing out of my gut the size of a golf ball and she doesn't even call me back! No one calls me! Oh well, they already have my $$$ so I why should they? I'm so pissed at them! OK, thats the good and the bad of Pete's Monday, I'll keep y'all updated!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


PAlady
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   Posted 3/2/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
You need to get that swelling checked out, one way or another. it sounds like it's getting worse again today. If your surgeon is out of town, does he have any partners available to see you? Someone needs to take a look at you! I hope it doesn't end up having to be the E.R., but if that's the only choice, then so be it.

As far as the Spine Center - it sounds like a great place, especially to get another thorough evaluaiton and opinion.

Keep taking care of yourself!

PaLady

Tirzah
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   Posted 3/2/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
Call the evil doctor's office & tell them you are in horrible shape & are heading to the ER if you can't talk to someone by 5pm today. Sometimes that works for me. No doctor wants his botched work showing up at the hospital for all the rest of the docs to discuss. If that doesn't work, I'm with PA that you need to get to the ER and get it checked out asap. Don't wait until it gets worse b/c then you might not be able to get the other help that you need from the good doctor you found at U of M. ;)

take care,
frances

PS -- congrats on finding a great surgeon! hope everything works out well for you with that.

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/2/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, my nurse fror the hernia doc finally called. I described what this bulbus lump growing out of my gut looked like. She said if I didn't have a fever and it doesn't hurt to bad I should come in tomorrow when the Doc gets back. OK, fine, thanks for calling, I'll see you tomorrow at high noon! Wait, don't Dr's go to lunch at noon? We'll see I guess. I'm still waiting for the other Doc's office to call back. I did call them back to see if they got my faxed report. "Yes, we did Mr. Pete and we will be calling you shortly!" That was an hour and a half ago. I hate waiting on something that's importaint. It reminds me of waiting for my cancer pathology & biopsy reports back in the day!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


PAlady
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   Posted 3/2/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
Try to relax a bit. Waiting for an appointment isn't the same as waiting for a biopsy report. I think sometimes we forget how busy doctor's offices really are, and that's not condoning poor treatment, but think about when you're really busy at your job and someone stops you and wants something right away. And then another person calls and does the same thing. And then another. Responding to the swelling is a different matter. THAT's what should get the attention first. The appointment at the Spine Center can wait.

When I was working full time (as a health care provider) people often forgot that when I was in my office I was seeing the people who were there. The phone calls are all on top of that. You can't do both at the same time. Sorry, I'm kind of going off and I don't mean to do this with you, Pete! I think I have some leftover frustration from a different thread, so please bear with me!! I just want you to relax about the appointment, but keep on their case about the important stuff - like that swelling.

And oh, do doctor's eat lunch? Not always. When I was workiing it was alongside doctors and there were many days that everyone grabbed lunch piecemeal throughout the day (between patients), or at your desk as your were doing paperwork and making phone calls back - often to insurance companies that make you want to pull your hair out.

PaLady :-)

PAlady
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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I hope nothing I said offended you. If so, I'm really sorry. Definitely wasn't meant to. But I'm concerned we haven't heard from you tonight. Please let us know how you're doing when you get a chance.

(((((Pete))))))

PaLady

shannon1
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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG Pete!!!! I live about 10minutes from the U of M, we have season tickets of course (go canes!) And you are VERY right, the doctors there are no less then amazing. I would NEVER heasitate to see a doc there. In fact my ob/gyn that just did my hysterectomy went to medical school there and still writes papers/journals for them.

I glad that they have a office a bit closer to you tho! Im so excited for you!

On the other hand, im very sorry to see your dealing w/ this hernia.....i hope that darn doc calls you soon!
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Chartreux
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   Posted 3/2/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Pete, sorry I'm late in posting it's been one of those days, where things will go wrong, but for you I hope
your day went better.. You go and get in to see that Doctor tomorrow, and keep us posted, as I'm very concerned.
Fever or not somethings a miss...Doctors hate it when things go wrong and he should fix you for free..
Will say a prayer for you...
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skeye
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   Posted 3/2/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,

Congratulations on finding such a wonderful spine center (and so close to home)! I really hope they can get you in real soon to see one of the surgeons & that they can come up with an excellent plan for you so that you have one less thing to worry about!! I truly, truly hope that they can help you! Hopefully they've called you back by now & you're all set up!

I'm sorry to hear that you hernia surgeon's office was so slow in getting back to you! I hate waiting for docs to return your phone call. And with something so important as your mysterious mass, you'd think they'd call you back asap! Glad they finally did return your call though, too bad it wasn't helpful shakehead For some reason I thought you were seeing the doc today. Good luck tomorrow!

And no, a lot of times docs don't eat lunch (at least from my experiences with my father, the orthopedic surgeon I'm currently working with, and the vets I work for). In fact a lot of times they end up seeing patients during their lunch hour as either add-ons or overflow from the morning, not to mention that that tends to be a big 'returning phone calls' time.

Skeye

Oh, I almost forgot the hugs! (((((((((((((((Pete)))))))))))))))). I'm still saying some prayers for you! You'll be in my thoughts tomorrow!

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/3/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for being so concerned about little old me! Ok, Big Fat Me! I'm so sorry I couldn't get back to y'all yesterday. The Spinal Cnt. called me at about 3:00pm and had me on the phone for over 45 minutes while I was still at work! So I had to stay late and call all the missed phone calls and write all the matterial orders for jobsite deliveries today. Then it was out to Southeast Fla. in season rush hour traffic. I95 between Miami & West Palm Beach, the deadliest road in the country. Gotto love it, semi trucks dicing in & out of traffic w/ old blueheads going way under the speed limit to get to their "early bird specials" at the local resturants. Plus they are from all over the county & Canada and all have different driving habits! Throw in all the Hatians, Central & South Americans, Mexicans and God knows who else who fill the back of pickup & dump trucks riding up the highway! GEEZE!! Sorry to get off on that mess, it's just so agravating!! Then when i got home, my wife who is leaving for N.W. Fla. this morning (w/ all the pets)was wrapping up all of her work from the big meetings she had up in Orlando this passed weekend on our computor. She was on it untill bed time and I was beat and half asleep when she finished! So I never had a chance to post last night!
Back to Pete's Dr. apts! Today I see the hernia doc at high noon for some answers. Tomorrow at 11:30am, I'll see the neuro-surgeon who hopefully can help me. I promiss to keep everyone updated. Thank you gize for caring about me, you have touched me w/ your compassion! I don't know how I'd get along w/o Y'all!
Your friend,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


edt
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   Posted 3/3/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Luck Pete!!! 

XXOO
edt Patti


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/3/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Patti, I'm going to need it!
Oh, I forgot! PA, you couldn't offend me if you tried! Well maybe, but what you wrote sure didn't! You know I have this thing about doctors, I can't help it as I've been burn so many times but it was unfair to say something about Lunch. Personally, I've taken one lunch in the last 16 months other than dr. apt's. I am at my desk or in the office / warehouse all day form 5:30 or 6:00am untill I leave somewhere between 3:30 & 5:00pm. If I eat, it's while I'm working. Now, I do take some time to write on Healing Well so I guess it all evens out in the end but if not, I'll throw in the phone calls I get while riding home everyday & on weekends I don't get paid for. Wait a minute, I only get paid for 40 hours now, he took away all overtime! So the overtime is a freebe from me to the company! So I don't feel guilty at all for writing a little on the Boss's time!! He can just kiss me where the sun don't shine anymore if he doesn't like it. It used to but (anymore) is another story from back when I wasn't such an eyesore and used to go naked in places it was allowed! (anyone been to Austin Tex, Lake Travis, Hippy Hollow??) Geeze Pete, always getting off track!
Back to the Grind Stone!
Thanks again!!!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 

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