Confused about a phone call I received today re: an MRI

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MsBunky
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   Posted 7/6/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have no idea what to make of this....I was napping today and hubby took a call for me. It was a hospital here in my area calling to advise they have an appointment for me for an MRI, for 8:15pm on Friday.

!. I have no idea who ordered an MRI
2. I have no idea what the MRI is for (hip? belly? brain?)
3. I an flying to Winnipeg, Manitoba for a wedding on Saturday, so I can't attend an 8:15pm appointment
4. Is the next availability really 6 months from now?

Ray tried to get all this info from them, but because of our Privacy Act, they wouldn't release any details to him. I have to call in the morning.

The only thing I can think of is a brain MRI because my doctor and I had talked about that a long time ago. I've seen a neurologist since then, so it's probably not necessary to have it. Guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out for sure what's going on.

If only my appointment with the surgeon would happen this quickly!!

Hope y'all are having as good a day as possible!

hugs,
Pam
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoroacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started

Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT

Medications: Oxycontin, Cesamet, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril and Clonidine plus Laxaday, Vitamin D and a Multi-Vitamin daily


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/6/2010 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Pam,
 
     In my experience, when I am asked to go places after their normal business hours it is because something more urgent is going on. Last time I had to go somewhere on the fly, it was spine center after hours because of my xrays and blood work. Noone would tell me over the phone what was going on. Also, happened again when my teeth crumbled out come to think of it. Same thing, tests were ordered after hours and I had to meet the endocrinologist after business hours the next day. Both times it was rather urgent. But, noone would tell me in over the phone what was going on. So, if there is anyway at all to get the MRI done, I would do it. Or contact them and ask for after hours on thursday.
 
     As far as your husband... I too had this problem. I had to re-sign papers with the hospital every year for all the doctors to be able to communicate and share information freely amongst each other. Also for my husbands HR, Insurance carrier, and my husband. At some point, I mentioned the hassle in passing to my lawyer. He drew up papers for everyone to be able to communicate freely until I said "no.". Now only people I have to re sign paperwork for is the insurance carrier to be able to request documents from the hospital. So, you can do it via the hospital as they have all the forms for "yearly approval" or you can go through family lawyer and get it permanently done.
 
     I sure hope you are able to re schedual. I hope you can relax a bit tonight, I can imagine you are probably a little frazzled, to say the least. I hope you can get ahold of them and reschedual. You are in our hearts and prayers!
 
*hugg*
  dani
 
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
 
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PAlady
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   Posted 7/6/2010 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Pam,
As far as the late hour of the MRI, if it's being done at a hospital rather than an outpatient center, it's not all that uncommon for them to schedule MRI's late, as they have people working second shift and may simply be trying to get you in after they do their hospital patients and emergencies. Course if it's at a hospital and anything is running late - like they've had an emergency come in - if your situation's not urgent you may end up sitting for awhile.

You're doing the right thing calling your doctor in the morning. I think you're in Canada, and I don't know what your laws may be in terms of sharing information. Most places do have some kind of privacy rules, and different hospitals, doctors, etc. may have different policies for how they want this done. But I don't know anything about Canada's overall laws in this regard.

If your doctor still wants you to have the MRI, I wonder if you have an outpatient center where it can be scheduled after you return from the wedding. I find they're much more adaptable to people's schedules, but not every facility has an MRI machine. They're pretty expensive.

I'm sure it will work out.

PaLady

flower123
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   Posted 7/7/2010 3:14 AM (GMT -7)   
When I have had MRIs at hospitals, they have been as late as 10:00 p.m.

Pam,

That's so strange! It's odd that your doctor wouldn't tell you that you are getting an MRI. At least you'll be able to call today to find out what is going on. Nothing like that has ever happened to me, as I have to schedule my own MRIs.

Flower

MsBunky
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   Posted 7/7/2010 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
It's okay folks, I found out the answer!!! Apparently we have such a delay in services here, this MRI was requested by my Family Doctor for my head and neck - to see if they could find anything causing my dizziness and occasional "off balance" problems. It's not urgent, as I've already seen a neurologist, but my doctor still wants it done, so I've rescheduled it. Next available appointment - February 2011.

I'm sure glad this isn't urgent.

Thanks for your words of advice. I wasn't concerned about the actual procedure, I just couldn't figure out what it was for. Glad I got the answer I did!

hugs,
Pam
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoroacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started

Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT

Medications: Oxycontin, Cesamet, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril and Clonidine plus Laxaday, Vitamin D and a Multi-Vitamin daily


PAlady
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   Posted 7/7/2010 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Pam,
I sure hope the reason it takes so long is because it's not urgent! Although in some parts of the U.S. there can be waits like that, too.

Do you have many choices as to where to get an MRI where you live? Any outpatient facilities have them? I know when they first started using them I think back in the late 80's or 90's only one hospital in my area had one and the wait was long. Now, of course, even a few doctor's offices have them, although I've learned there's variability in machines and the quality of the films they produce.

Sure glad yours isn't urgent!

PaLady

flower123
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   Posted 7/7/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pam. Like PaLady, I'm also glad that it's not urgent! That is a really long wait. Can you ask them if you can be put on a cancellation list? I did that with my dentist, and they actually called me because someone cancelled! I thought it was a myth (lol) or something they tell people to get them to be okay with the wait, but they did call.

I'm happy that you got an answer!

Flower

Edited my me for a punctuation mistake.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 7/7/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Pam -

Glad you got an answer! I've had an "after hours" phone call like that - and I know the "not knowing" is what is bothersome!

:) Hope you are doing ok today...

--Tina
Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain (they called it DDD...but I don't know); migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation...

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