I haven't been around much. I've been trying to deal with a shock I rec'd after having routine bloodwork done. In March I went to the gyn. for a Pap, the usual. I had a scrip from my onc. for tumor markers. While there I asked the gyn. to add a CBC/Lipid panel. The tests were done on March 30.
Last week on April 29th, 5 weeks after the tests were done I got a phone call from the gyn. office (not the dr. herself) informing me that they'd reviewed my test results and that I needed to see my internist because I have elevated "glucose, fasting." When I asked what that indicated, I was told "you have diabetes." I was dumbfounded. I did manage to ask to have a repeat blood test. Nurse informed me that the dr. said no. No putting me on hold to consult with the dr., just a flat "no."
I faxed the results to my dr. in NY who was on the phone it seemed like 2 mins. after I sent the FAX. She said she wanted another fasting glucose done, next Friday, May 13. After the results from that test she said we'll make a decision about how to handle this.
So here's my question. Has anyone else been dx'd with diabetes after having chemotherapy? Granted I don't know many diabetics, but it seems like the ones I DO know all developed the condition after chemo.
Don't you think it's kind of odd that I didn't get the results for nearly 5 weeks? I even asked the nurse when she called why I hadn't heard sooner re: the results. There was dead silence on the other end of the line. When I said "are you there, did you hear me?" She said "I'm here and I can't comment on that." What do you make of this whole thing? Why can't I just go to the dr. and get a straight answer? How can a gyn. possibly know about diabetes?? By the way my fasting glucose was 103, apparently the normal range ends at 99.
Do I sound angry because I sure am. You all know me. When something doesn't sound right, I'm on it immediately. But obviously I can't do anything if I don't know there's something wrong. To me waiting 5 weeks to get test results to the patient is unconscionable (sp.). So that's the story here. Hugs, Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus