Hopping mad...on only one leg

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Ides
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   Posted 1/4/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so frustrated and downright mad. I fell 12/13 and severly sprained my ankle. Had an xray. No fracture present. When the toe became infected, they took more xrays 12/30. Three different doctors saw that xray; ER doc, surgeon, and then podiatrist who worked on toe.
 
Today, I went to get a copy of my lab tests from that 12/30 ER visit to give to my rheumy. Decided to get a copy of that second xray. It says plain as day that I have a fractured fibula. So I walk the report to the clinic where my PCP works. I tell the receptionist to copy it and take it to my doctor because he ordered me to go to PT for the ankle and in light of the report, should I really be going to PT on Tuesday?
 
Get home and my PCP calls. He asks if I'm wearing the boot cast. I said I didn't for a while because you told me 12/28 I didn't need to. Then yesterday the podiatrist said my ankle was too swollen for me to be walking on it and I better wear the boot. The PCP says, "Gee, you have a fractured ankle. You need to have more ankle xrays or a MRI. You need to keep the ankle immobilized so the bones will heal properly." We discussed my going to ortho doc vs. my new podiatrist. I like the podiatrist and he's civilian so I'll stick with him.
 
I know I shouldn't be mad but I'm wondering just how long I would have gone around with a fractured ankle and not know it. If I hadn't bothered to get the report, I doubt anyone would have tended to this. I really dislike the medical system my insurance requires me to use. I am thankful to have insurance, but at this point I'd be better off if they handed me a prescription pad and let me tend to myself.
 
This too shall pass... 
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   Posted 1/4/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Ides.. I'm so sorry.. have you phoned your podiatrist and told him of all this?
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   Posted 1/4/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
It's great you were so pro-active and got a copy of the x-ray. It's another fine example of always trusting yourself. I'd be really mad too! I hope you get good care and feel better soon.
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chroniemomx2
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   Posted 1/4/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I like your last statement....give me a script pad, and I'd be better off myself! Made me chuckle! I feel that way at times also. My first gi, who did my initial scope told me I didn't have crohns, that I had uc.....I got the scope report after I finally left him because he wouldn't listen to me or answer any questions, and right on the scope report, it said crohns!!!!! That taught me that I have to see everything for myself. The medical profession in human, busy, and overloaded with paperwork, so I cannot rely on them to make sure everything is taken care of.  Yes, this is way more work and stress for me, but they don't care about ME as much as I do, so I have to see that things are done correctly.

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   Posted 1/5/2008 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ides, I am very sorry that you sprained your ankle. I agree we should have our own script pads.
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   Posted 1/5/2008 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh for crying out loud, Ides!! I'm so sorry you have to be victimized by this insurance company's "in network" incompetents! More sorry, of course, that you've got a fractured ankle. I so see red when I read of someone encountering such poor medical care. I know doctors are only human and can't walk on water but they COULD at least take the time to read a test results report!!! Am I understanding correctly that all 3 doctors would have received that report??? And all three failed to read or understand "fractured fibula"???
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   Posted 1/5/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ides

I am so sorry this has happened........you have a right to be mad as a wet hen.  Missing a fracture is not good, and you may have done damage going without the support.  mad
I am glad to hear you like the podiatrist. Keep us posted.  Gentle hugs
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Kiera
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   Posted 1/5/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Ides,

I agree that a patient needs the script pad as not only can we recognize what we need better, but we can stop ourselves (unlike them) of giving us things that hurt us.

They surely dont walk on water, but sometimes i think they have difficulty walking on solid ground and staying vertical lol.

I'm terribly sorry that your ankle is fractured. Your question of how long you would of went? Forever.

After my dad convulsed with a stroke (i had to prove the stroke by 3mri's, 2 opinions and finally a rheumy helped me do it)....they walked my dad 3 times a day on a broken hip.(AGGGGGGGGGG).

It was when i got him home that i found him crawling, I asked dad what the heck r you doing? He said a man's got to see what a man can do. I told him, if that's all a man can do, a man's going back to the hospital, and yes i saw red too!

They are only human yes. However, thats no excuse for sheer negligence. That report went through radiology and the computer did more work than they did, even printed it out for them. All they had to do was , can we say READ?

It's sad, truly sad (shaking head). Down right scary too!

I'm glad also that you were proactive. I found out that i had a botched neck surgery the same way. Something just told me to ask for a certain , forgotten about doctor's report and there it was, plain as day as you say.

Again, im very sorry. Do you plan on visiting the one that you hold most accountable and inquiring as to why? Or just going to skip it?


Best of wishes to you,

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Ides
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   Posted 1/5/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone - time usually settles my temper and today looks brighter though dragging this cast around is a drag. I don't plan on revisiting this lack of care with the parties involved unless it is determined that I suffered harm from the lapse. I do plan on getting my papers in asking to be released from the hospital where I must receive primary care. Some people do get exemption to policy and are assigned to a civilian primary mahager.

C2 - Yes, three doctors saw the xray that shows the fibula fracture. Whether they failed to see the fracture, or whether they thought I knew about it, I don't know. I did tell then at the time that my ankle was "sprained."
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Marie-Claire
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   Posted 1/5/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Ides, I can empathize with how whopping mad you must have been and have every right to be.
My daughter was sent home when she was about 13 , with a broken arm.....Doctor in the Er told her to such it up, her arm wasn't broken and she needed to stop 'faking it'. A week later, the hospital's chief resident called us at home and apologized profusely....her arm was in fact broken and the lovely dr. who told her to 'suck it up' apparently had left his glasses at home. I told the chief that this may explain his oversite but never in a million years does forgetting your glasses give him the right to have spoken to her this way. Reading your post brought that anger right back....wish all doctors had to go through a 'personality' aptitude test before receiving their degrees and being alllowed to practice medicine with real people.
Good for you for being so pro--active! well done. Live and learn as they say.
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   Posted 1/5/2008 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Even severe sprains need to be immobilized for a while, and you should have been referred to an ortho for F/U. I hope you do get the hospital changed. It seems like the only one who didn't see it, your PCP, should have been sent a report. In the ER's I have worked there was always a 2nd check of x-ray reports by someone on the nursing staff or PA's. Of course nothing is fool-proof, so I hope your ankle heals well.
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   Posted 1/6/2008 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Golly Ides...what a mess for you! Not to defend any of the docs, cause I question mine so much they need to pay me but sometimes if there is enough inflammation around a break an xray will not always immediately show the break. I found this out after my son who was a baseball catcher in high school, played 3 weeks with a broken thumb on his catching hand. The follow up xray with the ortho showed it. Course his comment was "Good thing he hasn't got hit their again, cause he'd be lookin' at a pin for a shattered bone"! Best of luck to you and keep that thing elevated!
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   Posted 1/7/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Once you get that big boot put on kick them all in the *** ,they deserve it.
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   Posted 1/7/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
how is everything going Ides? Have you been back in to see your podiatrist?
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