I cannot believe the incompetence......

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   Posted 1/4/2005 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
of some people. In early Dec, I called my onc's office and told them that I was going to be out of town for almost a month, had my appointment with the onc confirmed on Jan 17 at 10:15 am. I also told her that my yearly tests were due and I wanted them scheduled for Jan 12-14. They didn't call me back so I figured they had taken care of everything.
I called today to be sure and once again, I am trying not to be nasty. Actually, I bit my tongue until it started to bleed. I was informed that my onc appointment was Feb 4 and that my tests were set up to start on Jan 19. They wanted to know if I got their letter. I told them that none of my mail was being forwarded to Atlanta and explained what I had told them in my initial call while stressing that I told them I would be out of town.
Don't you love it when they leave you on hold and you're using your cell phone? They're supposed to be trying to set up appointments for next week. They told me that the onc had an open appointment on Jan 17 at 10:15 am and did I want that one. I told them that WAS my original appointment. Can you just see me having tests, scans, and an onc appointment while toting around a very active 9-month-old?
After all this time, I still dread those darn things. I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. The onc has moved his office and it's a good thing. Everytime I turned the corner into his old office, I had to fight back the nausea. Just once, I wish something would go as planned.
Sorry to vent.
Love, Jo-Ann
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   Posted 1/4/2005 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have learned that they only listen to half or a fourth of what you say. Probably when you said you would be out of town and something about the 17th, they geared their minds up to doing stuff after that time. Really does make you angry, I know, but it happens time after time. I saw my PS who does my disability ins paperwork on Oct 5th. He signed the papers, he gave them to the nurse while I was there and I stressed to her the importance of getting them in the mail because my check depended on them. A couple weeks later I got a 2nd reminder from the ins co but decided the papers could have crossed in the mail. Another month later I got a third reminder and then I called the drs office. Someone with the same incompetence quotient as your drs office, put the papers back on his desk and there they sat.................. All the years I worked I worried about little things like getting people's paperwork done properly knowing it was important to them, but today I don't think it ever crosses anyone's mind. They go to work, put in their time and go home. If you find someone who truly cares, give them a hug and thank them for being so caring. It will all work out. Hugs MK

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   Posted 1/4/2005 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't believe that. Good thing you called to check on things. I have been very fortunate with my docs, no complaints here, but my Mother has had some real dozzies! Sending hugs your way and prayers for compentent test results that all come out good! Love you, have a safe trip home.

Sara Dearing
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   Posted 1/4/2005 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   


So sorry for the confusion and frustration you had forced upon you.  Incompetence from doctors office's especially frustrate me.  I just had a time with my dentist.  New crowns that should have only taken two weeks ended up taking 2 months because a staff member "misunderstood" the dentist's instructions.  And on top of that I do not like the crowns.  The color is just not right. 

I have a follow-up with my P/S this Thursday and dread it.  I have been having some unusual pains and I will need to discuss these "things" with him.  I hope he can explain them because if not it is back to the general surgeon, internist, blah, blah, blah.  I am ashamed for being such a grouch about it.

So..... I will pray for tolerance and understanding for both us dear friend, and also for that sick feeling to go away.  It is tiring to have this fear all the time.

Love and hugs,



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   Posted 1/4/2005 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow is my J. Deere buddy getting mellow? I expect to hear a crunch sound coming from an office worker on the 17th. I can assume that is your cell phone bill she will be dining on? Nothing like chewing something over to get it into her head. tee hee. L&H Joyce
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   Posted 1/4/2005 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Jo-Ann,

I think they do that to us sometimes just to see if we pay attention. They are so frustrating!!! Hope everything goes smoothly for you once you finally get there. I've been thinking about you and hoping you're enjoying those lovely days in Atlanta. Take care!


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   Posted 1/10/2005 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Just sending you a hug.  Love, Di
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