Mad at my PCP's office staff again!

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   Posted 11/16/2004 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Do doctor's offices deliberately hire stupid people to man the phones?  About a year ago, I talked to the doctor about a spot on my arm that I was concerned about.  A white spot (sun damage) that was developing a dark moon shoped are of pigmentation around it.  I was concerned about the dark spot, and he said he would be more inclined to worry about the white spot, but at that time, he wasn't really worried about it at all.  He told me to watch it, and if it turned red, raised, etc..., to let him know.  Well, on Brianna's birthday I stabbed myself in the arm with butcher knife, which is another story, and as I was staunching the bloodflow, I noticed that the dark spot on my arm had a little red spot on it.  I decided I would watch it as the cut healed and see what happened.  The cut is healed now, but the spot on my arm has grown to about pea sized and is a hard lump.  Doesn't hurt, doesn't itch, doesn't bleed, either. 
I was supposed to see my oncologist today, so I was going to ask her about it, but my appointment got cancelled, so I called my PCP's office, told them the whole friggin' story, and then told her that I thought it was a spot of skin cancer.  She waits a minute, then says, "so you want me to put down here, 'possible skin cancer?' Or do you want me to put down that you have a skin problem?"
I said, "I want you to put down 'possible skin cancer.'"  She says, ", let's see....we can get you in on DECEMBER 28th!"
So.  My onc is rescheduled for December 7, and you can bet I will keep my DECEMBER 28 appointment for my PCP, but NOT to look at my arm, because that will have already been taken care of, thank you very much. We're gonna be talkin' about him staff people...AGAIN. 
In the meantime, I think I'm going to take a picture of the darned arm, email it to my doctor, and tell him to please call me if he thinks he might like to see it up close and personal before friggin' DECEMBER 28!
Thanks for listening!  I feel better already.  I swear, if I didn't love him so much and if he hadn't saved my life on more than one occasion, I'd leave the man in a heartbeat!  I've threatened to leave him more than once, but he always sweet-talks me into staying.  You'd almost think we were married, wouldn't you? LOL
Love and hugs...

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   Posted 11/16/2004 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Bev, I was just thinking, "It sounds like a marriage" before you said it. I have been reading "Critical Condition" about our health care system. My ex read it and gave it to me to read. It has some unbelievable stories. I'm glad that you are not waiting. I think that talking to his staff would be doing future patients a huge favor. Love, Di

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   Posted 11/16/2004 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Bev, I know it's true but you have to wonder, how can the system be so bad! Glad you are getting in somewhere soon. Hope it is something simple. I will keep you in my prayers.

Sara Dearing
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   Posted 11/16/2004 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
What kind of PCP takes til Dec 28th to see you? I can call mine and be in within a day or two. Something is crazy there, a PCP is supposed to be "your" doctor who makes all recommendations for everything. Taking nearly two months to see him or her is certainly unreasonable. If you said it was a specialist I wouldn't think a thing of such a long wait, but a PCP????? No way. Hope it is nothing. You can find a lot of information by going to Google and looking at skin cancers. I learned lots when I had that rapidly changing spot on my face which turned out to be nothing, but I identified some other spots on my body. Did you know there is one skin blemish that has a halo? I have one, they aren't anything, just interesting. The older I get the more weird looking spots I grow. Hope that is all yours is, too. Keep us posted. Love MK

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   Posted 11/16/2004 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
MAN!  that's frustrating.
I definately hear ya.  What a dunce!  Glad you have the tenacity to want to do something about it and not just say frig it. 
Keep us posted,
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   Posted 11/16/2004 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   

So sorry that your PCP is giving you problems. Just what you need to be worrying about huh, not getting into seeing him until Dec. 28th!!!!!!!! GEEZ So glad the onc is on his toes at least.

I will be watching for the results, please make sure you let us know.

My daughter has had numerous scares with precancerous lesions in the last few years. Scares me to death!

Hang in there...........get out those boxing gloves to BOP that office staff right in the nose.

God Bless,
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   Posted 11/16/2004 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Just to let you know...I don't think this is a serious problem. I'm sure it's not the dreaded "melanoma," but I don't want anything remotely related to the "C" word in or on my body, which would include anything that starts with "pre-cancerous."

MK, my doctor is the head of a teaching practice through U.C. In all fairness, he only "docs" part time. I probably could have gotten in much sooner if I had been willing to see just anybody (translates to "resident"). To get stitches out or a strep culture or something like that, I'll see a resident, but if I have a real concern, my regular doc is the only guy for me.

Thanks for responses!

Love and hugs...

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   Posted 11/17/2004 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you seen a dermatologist? I love mine. She goes over me from head to toe. In a simple case removes it right there. Pre anything is so great, a scorch or scrape and you are finished. I have to tell you one thing I have found. If a dermatologist does not tell you what it is, you do not have good info. Two times other drs. have told me its nothing. Thankfully because I have had skin cancer surgery I go to the dermatologist every 6 months. I have had two types of skin cancer. Another ex family dr. told me he thought I had melanoma. What a horrible time until I had the surgery. I have finally figured it out. I do not ask my family dr. to check my skin. I do not ask my dermatologist to check my throat. Now lets see if I can get my next lesson down. Tee hee and please get this checked. L&H Joyce
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   Posted 11/17/2004 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Ditto what Joycie said, lol. You have gotten great advice here. I would really go to the dermatologist and have whatever it is removed ad biopsied.

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