I'm going to bop you on the head (already threatened straydog with it!) for thinking you're complaining! Ok, I won't bop you, you've got enough going on! But seriously, you DO have so much going on how can your posts be considered complaining? Dear lady that's what we're all here for!
And you've got some scary stuff going on - so much in one week. Like someone said it seems to happen that way at times. Some days I'd love to put some of our doctors through that drill (I always think of the movie The Doctor and if you've never seen it, it's old but on DVD) and see how they'd do going from appointment to appointment, procedure to procedure, filling out forms, answering questions, trying to THINK about it all and absorbing what feedback you get. Bet their minds would be drowning by the end of the week. And I'm a health care provider myself and know from seeing this from the inside out how different it is. So please, keep us informed on how things are with you!
Dentist stories. Oh, heavens. I won't go into mine either but Straydog (Susie) and I had some threads going awhile back that were very similar to your story and ScreamingEagle's. And several others here have had some nightmare scenarios. I have a "devil" dentist and an "angel" dentist now, and thankfully I found the latter who extracted the tooth (after I had received a new crown and a root canal - in that order) at no charge, and is going to put an implant in for almost nothing, and also had some good conversations with my devil dentist who is now going to put a new crown back on the implant post (I don't know how this works, my first one) at no charge. Gee, nice of him since he got several hundred dollars from me before! Ok, I did go off into my stuff (see Screaming, you're not the only one who gets sidetracked!) but it seems there's a growing cluster of us who have had these experiences. And we're just on the CP forum!
I'm sending you more hugs for the week, and just saying do your best to get through it. That's all you can do, right? You said you're like me and like to ask the questions, prepare, etc., but you likely won't be able to do that for everything so maybe think of the critical ones now and make peace with the fact you can't do it all. Easier said than done, I know.
Oh - a last thought about your wrists. You mentioned seeing an ortho but it he/she a hand/wrist specialist? I only ask because the hand specialist I've seen in the past for my carpal tunnel and trigger fingers and arthritis and such always seems to know so much more....and I wonder if you need more than a general ortho.?
Ok, here's the hugs....
Hi PA Lady,
I remember reading about
that dentist and the problems you were having with him, and the tooth and the new dentist. I am so glad that you found the new dentist and he has been so understanding and compassionate toward you. There are good and bad doctors/dentists in all fields of medicine and we have to sort our way through them to find the good ones. You aren't going to go back to that devil dentist of yours, are you? He treated you horribly and then to make you pay for treatment when he is the one who caused you the problems to begin with makes me so angry. Is there any way that you can get him to refund at least some of that money you had to pay him? I remember thinking that it was almost like he was extorting money from you because he knew that you needed treatment and you didn't have any other option at that point.
I don't think that most doctors could handle the schedules that they want us to keep . And you are right, it is difficult to keep all of the information straight and then with some of them, trying to get any information is difficult at best. But I have learned not to leave the office unless I have the answers that I want . Too often they forget what they tell you and if you don't know what they mean by a certain term or aren't sure of the treatments , they tend to get impatient.....ah well. Thankfully, they aren't all like that.
The ortho said that if the MRI shows what he believes it will , he is sending me to a hand surgeon for a consultation and then have him assist in the surgery......that is , if I agree with it.....I know there is only one hand surgeon/reconstruction hand surgeon around me, so the pickings might be a bit slim. I may have to look outside my area if I don't like the one around here.
Thanks for the hugs, I will hold onto them for later this week. Even though I have done the Cardiac Cath thing before, it is still intimidating, just because of the type of test it is.....