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   Posted 11/23/2005 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I am really devastated.  I don't even know what to do.  Back in July I started with a new pdoc.  I really like her and she seemed to understand and to listen to me.  I called her once regarding one of my meds and she called me back on a Sat. afternoon and left a message.  I have called her regarding another problem twice but she never returned my call.  It was not any little itty bitty thing either.  Well a while back she mentioned (if I remember correctly) that 2 of my meds could cause a rise in blood pressure.  It ususally is low.  Well I started watching it.  I mentioned it to her 2 weeks ago at the end of the appt. but I was not really worried about it.  Well Sunday I had it taken by a nurse at church and it was 141/100.  She was really concerned about the lower #.  Well Mon. I called late and left a message and I know they were writing it down as she repeated it back to me.  As of mid day today I still had not heard from her so I called and left a message.  At this point it is 6pm and I still have not heard from her.  I do know she works long hours.  One time I was her last patient and she and I were the only ones left and it was 7pm.  I felt very lucky to have found her.   My dad's dr. recommended her and his dr. is really good.  I do not want to start over with anyone else.  Everyone I had tried to get into before I found her was at least a 2 month wait.  I was lucky at that time as I was able to get right into see her as she took new patients on Saturdays and they had an opening on a holilday weekend.  One friend said that I should go thru my primary dr. first because of the blood pressure and let him handle that part.  I can understand that, and I actually did and saw him today.  I guess I called her first because she said 2 of the meds could cause this so thought I should talk to her first.  Right now I feel unimportant because I have never heard from her.  I do not know if she is not getting the messages, not getting full messages or just deciding not to call.  In my message today I said I was thinking of going off the meds because I was worried about the blood pressure.  I know that 2 weeks ago I saw my t and she had had me sign a release the week before so she could talk to the pdoc and had called her and faxed her something but as of 2 weeks ago, had not heard from her.  There was one time I called back regarding the first incident and the gal took my message and said that the dr. didnt say anything when she read the message but I can't believe a dr. would blow it off if someone is having problems such as the chest pain (not major pains), when a med they are on can cause heart problems and the blood pressure rising.  Any advise?  I should say that I am not one to call the dr. all the time or over ever little thing.  Thanks.

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 11/23/2005 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you did the right thing by seeing your primary doc,hope he helped you as foryour pdoc I am sure she will get back to you ,you said she is very busy ,but still no excuse not to call you back,
hang tight as it is hard to find a good pdoc, she will call back

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 11/26/2005 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I can see how this would make you feel unimportant when you don't get a call back from your doc.
I think you need to clarify this with her when you see her next. Ask her what the procedure is when you have a question and you call in and you wait for a return call. Is it her policy to return all calls? Does she have a specific time she returns calls (so you can know when to expect the call)? Would she have the nurse call you if she is not going to (so you get a call back from someone and you know you've been heard)? Discuss with her what her expectations are and what your expectations are so you can both know and so you'll feel better.
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