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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/17/2010 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been posting to others so much (but never enough!) that I haven't said anything about my stupid problems. The other day I had my every three month apt. w/ my primarry care doc. He had recieved some paper work from my lawyer about SSD and he wanted to talk to me about it so the nurse moved my apt. up a week. After getting the paperwork straightened out> he wants my pain doc to do it! He asked about my other health concerns. He was reading my secret chart and saw the part about my acchilese tendon and that he had advised me to go to this orthopedic doc, evan made an apt for me. Then he asked why I didn't go? I told him that my orher doc, the pain doc lady had told me that she does sports medicine and that I wouldn't need a surgery for it and to put this anti inflamation cream on it. So I cancelled the apt w/ the orth which pissed him off! Then he looked at my anckle where the three lumps had doubled in size and got very angry! He said the longer I wait to have surgery to fix it, the more damage I would do to it and that he had told me that last visit! Then he asked for my pain doc lady's phone #. He called her and from the other room I could hear his side of the conversation telling her that I need to see a surgeon right away! He then wanted to send me to one of his clonies in town but she said that  her medical group which is large and in several local larger cities had a specialist who only does these kinds of surgeries. I guess she made her point because afterwards, he said that when I see her next week, she will set me up w/ this specialist! He is in Ocala where Miss Lindaloo lives! Maybe if I get an apt. w/ this guy, I can give a visit to Linda, if she'll have me???
Anyway, my apt isn't till the 22nd I think so I'll know more then. I know she is going to be pissed at me too cause she wanted me to have MRI's & Xrays done on my neck, back, hip & knee and I didn't! These docs think we are made of $$$!!! Evan if it's just the copay, it all adds up! I know I'll eventually have to have them all done but whats the hurry now that I've been shot down fo SSD twice and my hearing could be as long as 2 years away!!!
I'll get it all worked out eventually but first I guess I'm going top have to deal w/ my crummy anckle! Jeeze! I'm so sick of doctors and their superiority complexes!!! Who do you listen too???
Also now I'm gonna have to see my urologist cause all of a sudden I'm wetting the bed at night! OMG how I hate that! I have to wear diapers to bed now> I hate them! My prostate cancer surgery issues coming back again..  The cancer has not reared it's ugly head since the surgery almost 7 years ago so evan though I can't say I'm cured, Your never cured, just in remition or so they have told me as it could always come back some day! I have reminders every day of what they did to me to get rid of it! Testosterone shots every three weeks and other disfunctions I'd rather not talk about but really hurt me deep inside as the play w/ my masculinity!!! It's definitly a guy thing!
I know I shouldn't whine as it could be so much worse and so many of you> my family here have it so much worse than I! You humble me!! So Sorry everyone!
I guess thats enough about me for now.
Love All Y'all!!!! Have a great pain free day!!!
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! 

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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Pete,
      I am so sorry your doctors are fighting. When I went to see the spine specialist I could hear her and two of the nurses getting angry because noone had taken x rays of my spine while I was standing?? They were all while laying down and for some reason it really upset them. They went on and on about why have they done ___ or what was wrong with ____ being added into my testing. I felt embarrassed by the time she walked in the door to say the least. Like I had perpetuated some sort of fight and it was all my fault??
     I think in your case that you tried very hard to listen to them all and tried the most non invasive alternatives first. I mean, who wouldnt try all other possible solutions before deciding on surgery? I think you did the right thing. You had to atleast give the alternatives a try first. I completly support the decision you made and would have made the same decisions myself were I in your shoes. At this point you can begin the path of surgery knowing you did all you could. Lets hope that they can get the ball rolling quickly thou. If the large lumps have doubled in size in such a short amount of time, you very well could be doing irreversable damage. ..besides, the quicker it is done, the quicker you can get back to the things you enjoy.
     I wonder if you couldnt fit in your MRIs the morning before or after you see the surgeon about your foot? Two birds, one stone? It would save you from having to find time later to drive into town and get it done? It is important you get the images so your pain and spine can be better treated. It would be very nice if they were able to give you real solutions. Besides, you dont want flustered woman on your hands  smilewinkgrin
     Having a hard time with urine / bladder in your case is a bit of an emergency. I am not being dramatic either. With your history it is important to call them right away and tell that what is going on so you can get into their office ASAP. Your history.. *shiver* I cant even think about it. You MUST get in quickly. Though you are probably scared to no end (who could blame you?!?!) dont let your fear keep you from calling.
     I do hope you find a few moments to yourself today. I know you have alot of worry on your mind, but try to rest if you can. You are ALWAYS in our prayers here. #1 Uncle Pete *hugg* Take care of yourself and stay strong!
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Pete , your not whining brother just expressing your feelings . Sure theres always someone in a worse spot but that doesn't lessen your own difficulties and pain , I'm glad you came here and Posted and got some of it out brother , please don't hesitate to do so antime , its what makes us all a family here . Feel better soon my friend , your not alone ever !!, Your Buddy Mike

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   Posted 6/17/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete I can certainly empathize with you about doctors who have a superiority complex and/or who like to tell their patients to disregard the instructions of another doctor and do it "their way".

I had a doctor, GI specialist, one time while I was in the hospital who would intentionally make his rounds at 7 or 8 pm just so he could get the last word in and start changing the orders of the other doctors, who would then change the orders back when they came in for visits the next day. The other two doctors, a surgeon and my PCP at the time, worked together to come up with a treatment plan but this GI seemed to think he was too good for that.

The final straw came when I was on my last night of admitttance to the hospital and slated to go home at noon the next day, assuming I could keep the food down. I had finally been allowed solid food and was enjoying a late supper when the GI came in and took my food away saying he wanted to do an upper an lower GI in the morning which was the first I or anyone else heard about it. When questioned about the need to do the tests and why they couldn't have been done during the week and a half I had spent there under NPO he got so mad he turned red, and all he would say is that he was a doctor and knew what was best. He even got madder when I ordered him out of my room and said that he was fired and was to have nothing to do with my case again. He told me I couldn't do that and I picked up the patient's "bill of rights" that I had been given when admitted which said I had a right to refuse treatments of any kind and that I had the right to determine who was part of my care team. When he actually called me stupid I told him that he had 1 second to leave by the door before I got up and assisted him out through the 4th floor window. As soon as he left I buzzed the nurse to tell her what happened and to have it charted that this butt head was not part of the care team.

When I was done talking to my nurse she said she overheard most all of it and made the comment it was about time someone put that doctor in his place. The rest of my stay there I was treated as some kind of hero by the nursing staff. In a way it was kind of funny.

The other doctor I had a run in with was the first endocrinologist I was hooked up with after my PCP couldn't figure out why my diabetes was so out of wack. This endo spent the entire appointment complaining about what other doctors had done with this that or some other thing in regards to me and called me an idiot for what amounted to following doctor's orders. On the way out of the office I was suppose to make a followup appointment and when I didn't stop at the desk as expected the receptionist stopped me and said I had to make an appointment. I told her if I came back to see that jerk I would end up making him 6 inches shorter than he already was and walked out. This was several years ago.

Last year when I had to go see a podiatrist due to a foot ulcer we got to talking about my overall health and the pod. asked me who my endo was. I told him that I couldn't find one in the area that took my insurance and went on to tell him about the endo I had seen once a few years before and what had happened. I didn't name this jerk but did say it was in Champaign and the pod asked me if it was "S". When I said yes the pod makes the comment that he had to be the biggest a-hole he had ever met.

Sorry I didn't mean to hijack your thread. Just thought I would relate a few stories to hopefully give a bit of a chuckle in an otherwise serious and aggravating situation.

Post Edited By Moderator (Chutz) : 6/17/2010 12:52:49 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/17/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about all this, must be very frustrating!!! I hope things start changing for the better or at least more managable.

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   Posted 6/17/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete, I am so sorry to hear how things are going for you!! Please take all the time to whine that you need! You help so many of us, it is nice to be able to return the favor once in a while! You are in my prayers and thoughts! Take care of you!!


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/17/2010 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Whine> make mine Chianti!! Thanks for all your compassion and support as usual! No one here ever says> "Shut up! Man up and get over it all ready! You know, the macho type? I wonder why? Hmmmmm> Maybe it's because everyone here understands a whole lot better than the general public!! You know, the ones w/ the perfect lives and never get sick or maybe the ones who tell you they've been there and done that only it was much worse that you and play a game of "Top this?"  every time you say anything about your pain. Then there are the ones who have all the answers> My sister's husband's mother- in- law' cousin's son had the same thing as you and she took this herbal mixture w/ a shot of coral/bone/garfish cartilage for a chaser and she was completely healed in 7 & 1/2 minutes and hasn't had a pain since! 
Do I sound a little sinical or sarcastic? I'm sure you've heard it all at one time or another! Oh it gets soooo old! Then you get to see doctors who aren't much better! Sometimes I feel like banging my head against the wall> Oh Yea, I tried that once, didn't help very much although the blood dripping down in my eyes did take my mind off my problems for a little while!
I'm gonna completely change the subject here and tell you something so cool that happened just yesterday and I was just outside doing a minute ago! about a 2 months ago I put out our humingbird feeder and my Mom's I bought her for Christmas too. The ghummers started straggling in one by one. A rubythroat here, a black head there and then a couple weeks ago, they all just vanished! In fact when Dani & Fam were here, there were none around. It was so sad because I love to sit outside and watch them do amazing arial stunts chasing each other around and fueling up at the feeders! Oh how I wish that Dani's Bumblebees could have seen them! There just so cool!!! My wife came up w/ a reason for their dissaperance> The county skeeter patrol truck came by two days in a row back around the time they disapered! Maybe they made a mistake and reran our rout twice and over poisined the area? So anyway, yesterday I thought maybe the water/sugar solution is bad? So I changed it and low & behold, as Carol Ann said in the movie "Poltergist>> ""There Back!!"" with a vengance! There are at least 4 or 5 different kinds whirling and floating around out there! Watching them is one of the few things I can sit still and do w/o getting ansy! 
I know that was a complete change in topic but it's one of those things that mkes me apreciate what I have here and how great life is in Peteworld sometimes!! Animals & pets are probably second only to family and friends on the "Happy meter" here in Peteworld!!! The happy meter was redlined when Dani, David, Rose & Tessa were here!!!
OK, I think I've babbled enough and I must go help Lisa pick up poop! I hear thunder and have been waiting every day for the rain but none falls here and we need it so bad! So I must git goin! Lisa works all day then has to clean the stalls so the least I can do is clean the field plus I always can use a little more quality horse poop for the garden! OH> Dani, tell Tessa & Rose that little watermellon we looked at is the size of a cantilope already! So exciting for a novis gardener> ( & 1/2 on the happynmeter!!
Love All Y'all!!!
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! 

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   Posted 6/17/2010 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pete  I'm sorry that you're having such trouble with your doctors.  I hope it gets straightened out really soon.  I agree with Dani that you should get to the urologist asap.  It scares me too and I'm sure you're really scared yourself.  Take care of yourself.  You'll be in my prayers.
love and hugs
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   Posted 6/17/2010 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Pete,

It sounds like you have had a barrell of fun lately. Seriously, you should really see someone as soon as you can about the bladder control thing. That can be linked to the back so many times and should be noted (for you SSD claim too). Don't let yourself slide trying to take care of everyone you sometimes do.

I know you try to keep a smile on and keep on keeping on, but sometimes slowing down is essential. Otherwise the world goes by in a blur and you never even know what you missed.

I hope things improve for you soon and that you will find relief from your problems (and approval of the SSD).

Best to you!
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   Posted 6/18/2010 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Pete, I can sympathize with the co-pay/deductible mess you are dealing with. My PM ordered boat loads of blood work for me and it ended up costing $2967 for them. My deductible is $800 plus I have to pay 30% after that. Sucks doesn't it. Next time I will say stop right there and question each test to see if it is critical to have. Now I am seeing a rheumatologist for fibro and PMR but she wants my PM doctor to keep controlling my pain. I have an appt with her this coming Tues and will ask her to take me on full time cause I just can't afford two co-pays plus meds. I agree that these doctors just don't understand how all these tests, appt., and drugs affect our financial needs.

Does your insurance cover prostate testing as preventable? I know my insurance covers preventive testing at 100% such as mammogram, pap smears and such.

Sorry you've been put into such a messed up situation. I just can't believe that SS shot you down with all of your ongoing medical issues. I haven't heard a peep out of them yet regarding my appeal but check the mail daily cause I'm almost positive that a denial will be on it's way. Good Luck and hope you get things figured out soon!
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica

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   Posted 6/18/2010 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Pete, I do think it's good to get your foot taken care of but for your pcp to call and argue with
your PM doc was outta line...anyways I sure hope your feeling better soon...I'll be thinking of you...
hugz, sorry I'm not my usual self, but not feeling good...will posts back later, okay...
please know I care...
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   Posted 6/18/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to remind you that I am a retired nurse.  NOw I want you to call the urologist right now, if you haven't done so.  Get that appt in Ocala for your foot asap and come on and visit me.  You will make my day, truly.
Gosh I worry for you.  You don't take care of yourself until after you have waited for some time.  I know the drs.  are annoying and it gets old fast, but you have a lot of health concerns and they have to be addressed my sweet friend, Pete.
I need you to be ok, so please please take care of yourself.
Looking forward to your trip to Ocala.  Make it asap.
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