I finally had my reumy apt yesterday after waiting over six months to get in. I really think I'm going to like the lady. She seems very up to day and "digital" for our small area. She took all the inital information hearself and asked a million questions....then reviewed the answers just to make sure we were the same on the answers...if not, then she changed hers in the computer. I really like that because it is so rare around here and shows a willingness to do something other than walk in and out of a room. Naturally my hands were down in swelling and pain yesterday....so she couldn't get a really good idea of what was going on. She asked tons of questions and was really quite obviously unhappy about the follow-up on some areas of my treatment (although she did not bash any Dr or have anything exactly negative to say). It was like she kind of muttered "that figures" a time or two when she as asking about follow-up testing, nerve testing, sleep studies, Hep C antibody testing (I've had the series, but no follow-up to check for antibodies), no x-rays of my hands in all of this time, no thyroid cyst follow-up on a regular schedule...things like that.
She had me do a great number of labs in her office and then go directly to the hospital for x-rays of my hands. She also did a really good physical exam and commented on how red my skin is and how I have "feathers" under my skin. Not real feathers, of course, but some kind of feathery design.
So now I wait and they call me to let me know what to do next. They determine what to do after the testing is back, which is really good and set up appointments from the base office.