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   Posted 9/7/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and I hope you all are well, my dear Healing Well family.
Last Thursday, I was admitted to the ER for rapid heart rate at 161. (Atril fib with RVR for those of the medical field).  They gave me some IV cardizem and it converted to a normal rhythm after a while.  They then started a heparin drip and admitted me to ICU.  My cardiac enzymes were slightly elevated throughout the hospital stay, but the cardiologist said that he felt it wasnt a heart attack, but that if I continued chemo or radiation, that I would have a heart attack.  He also told me I didnt need radiation because I was at a stage I for my cancer.  He further told me his sister just died at age 52 from breast cancer.  I told him that my cancer was endometrial and not breast cancer, and that the oncologist told me this was a particularly aggressive cancer.  He continued to tell me that I didnt need radiation.  I got so upset by his unprofessionalism I threw him out of my room. I mean who is he to tell me I don't need radiation? He also told me I needed a cardiac cath because I could have a heart blockage.
I also forgot to mention that my potassium was low at 2.8 and could have precipitated the rapid heart rate too.
So now I need to contact my oncologist and discuss this.  I also need a second opinion of both the cardiologist and the oncologist.  I have an appt this Fri with the oncologist to discuss my options.  Not soon enough for my taste, but what can I do?
I want to thank you for all your concern and prayers.  They keep me whole and it keeps me going.  You all give me strength.  I love you all for that.
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   Posted 9/7/2010 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry the doctor was so unprofessional!! you don't deserve that! I have read alot about you and some of your posts and you are an incredible person and so strong!! I hope you are feeling okay and get to talk to your doctors soon.
Good luck
you are in my prayers,
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   Posted 9/7/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm keeping you in my prayers, and I hope that you're able to get your doctors on board together, so unprofessional conduct like that doesn't happen again. The cardiologist is not a specialist in oncology, so why would he even presume to know for sure if you did or didn't need radiation?

I hope you're feeling a bit better today, and I hope all your doctor meetings go well. Stay firm (like I even have to say that to you!) and make sure your voice is heard and acknowledged.

Big, soft hugs!
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   Posted 9/7/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome home Linda !!! Hang in there !
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
It is up to you, but I would consider writing the board of directors and/or the ethics board of the hospital that you were admitted to and relate your story. This doctor crossed a major line. It is one thing to mention, once, that he is concerned with how the radiation treatments are effecting you, but to keep on about it and then tell you about his sister was plain wrong.
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   Posted 9/7/2010 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Linda
I am sorry that you have had to go through all that! How closely have they been monitoring your blood chemistry? Low Potassium is not all that unusual with patients getting chemo.  But all this stuff has to be closely and continually monitored.  I think you were right in throwing him out, that Doctor was definitely out of line!   Waiting is alway the hard part, and I understand how you feel about that! 
Gentle Hugs to You {{{{{{{{{{{{Lindaloo}}}}}}}}}}}}
Linda I keep you in my thoughts and prayers, May Gods Peace be always with YOU!
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   Posted 9/7/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Linda
So sorry you have been thru such a scare over the weekend. I am glad you are home and can perhaps rest now. You are always in my thoughts and prayers hon!

Big hugs
One day at a time!!


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   Posted 9/7/2010 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Linda!....So sorry to hear of your troubles on top of what you're going through already. Heart problems can be a worry, but I do agree he had no right to tell you what he did.

I'm at a loss to advise you as to what you're next step might be. (You may throw me out of this room!) smilewinkgrin

I had a full massive Heart Attack in 2002, and have had two of the cath's done twice now.

Please do follow up, with someone to have it checked out just in case. Preferably not the idiot that saw you though.

I will check on you in a couple of day to see how you are doing.

Take care, and always prayers for you, my friend.

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   Posted 9/7/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   


   Dear Linda,

     I am so glad you stopped by *hugg* I do hope that you are able to get the second opinions quickly. I can tell that hospital doctor was quite high on his horse, so to speak. I really do not think he fully understood your history. Well.. it didn't sound like it anyway.

     My best friend also had the same type of cancer. Hers had spread quite a bit before anyone had caught on. She did end up needing considerably less radiation.... But it was something that her "core group" of doctors decided after a long period of testing and unexpected positive out comes. If stranger in a hospital had come to her and decided her needs on a whim...  After all the hard work?

     I do hope you are able to get to the bottom of things quickly. Though I am glad that you are some what stable.. the heart problems and low potassium will need to be assessed further. Goodness, I am so sorry you are being hit with all this right now. You have been working so hard and been through so much it really isn't fair at all. I do hope you are able to relax a bit and rest up. Please, let us know what you find out.

     You are ALWAYS in our prayers here.

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   Posted 9/7/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Linda I am sorry that all of this happened. Just what you needed on top of everything else, right. I am glad to hear that are going to be getting second opinions on both drs, you know we can never be too cautious the way I see it. One thing about it sure can't hurt anything by doing this. I hope you are feeling better now that you are home.
Take care.....Susie

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   Posted 9/7/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I've not been reading or posting much lately, but popped in today and saw your thread and wanted to add my name to the list of people who care and are thinking of you!

So glad you asked that doctor to leave. Like others have said and you know, he was out of line, to put it mildly! Whether you want to report him or not is up to you, as I'm sure your energy is precious right now and you have to pick and choose carefully how to use it. But he sure deserves reporting.

If he thought there was a problem with the radiation, he could have mentioned it to you and offered to talk with your oncologist. That would have been the proper route to take. He has no business deciding about your radiation; he should only be telling you his medical opinion of how it might affect your heart. And sharing about his sister - totally unprofessional and unethical. Huge boundary violation. But you know this so I'll just offer you healing thoughts and hopes for quick second opinions with doctors who give you the information you need to make the choices for your own health.



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   Posted 9/7/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   

My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to you... I'm sorry to hear of your hospital stay, and sorry to hear about that horrendous doctor. Good for you for getting 2nd opinions on everything.

We love you here, and are pulling for you. Please keep us all updated.


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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh wow, Linda! That sounds really scary!! I agree with what that everyone else has already said though. That guy was out of line! Cancer & cancer treatments are so personal. Only a trained oncologist should be making decisions about your specific treatment. That being said, I do hope that it's not your chemo that is causing your heart problems, or at least if it is, that there is some other form of chemo that your doc can put you on that will be just as effective, yet less stressful on the heart. Hang in there, sweetie. We love you & pray for only the best.


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   Posted 9/7/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Linda, what a horrible experience and what strength you showed with that jerk of a doctor! Low potassium sounds dangerous, can't you go into a coma with low K? Hopefully this will give your oncologist a big wake up call to monitor you more closely.
My thoughts are with you, good luck with your appts, big hug, golitho

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   Posted 9/8/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I went to see my primary yesterday and he said that I need to continue with the chemo and the radiation or the cancer may come back and I may die. Meanwhile he gave me a referral to a cardiologist whom I hear from the nurses in ICU, is wonderful. So, I am excited by that. My oncology appt with my doctor is this Friday morning. Hopefully he will review the hospital records and determine what is what.

Meanwhile, my daughter is making me an appointment for a second oncologist opinion in Tampa at Moffit cancer center.

I sure hope this all gets resolved. I am tired of the conflict of opinions to tell you the truth. But I trust my primary. I just need to see if the oncologist concurs or not.

Blessings to you all, my dear friends.

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   Posted 9/8/2010 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry this is happening to you. Its a great thing to see someone that the nurses reccomend. Thats a huge positive. They know how these doctors are and they are usually spot on!
I wish the best for you. I would treat this thing as aggressively as possible thats just my opinion of course!
Hang in there!

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   Posted 9/8/2010 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate your opinion.  I really do.  As for asking the nurses opinion, me, being a nurse, realize that it is the nurses that keep the patient alive and not the doctor.  I wanted their opinion since they felt my last cardiologist was an egomaniac and they were right.  So, thank God for nurses.
Love to you all.  God bless.
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