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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I need to vent.  I could post this on the GERD forum, but they never reply to anything.  So here goes.
Yesterday I had an endoscopy and the dr was the worst.  She came in, introduced herself, and proceeded to ream me out because I was supposed to return back in 06 to have a colonoscopy and I didn't.  First of all, that had nothing to do with my endoscopy.  She is giving me my sedative while telling me I had had a pre-cancerous polyp removed, and I needed further follow-up.  She didn't listen to a thing I said.
Then when she came in after the test, she completely ignored my husband and was talking to me.  I don't even remember being brought back to the room, much less anything she said.  My husband was gong to shake her hand and she went right past him.
The thing is, I think she was on a mission with the colonoscopy, and didn't give attention to what she did find, which was Barretts esophagus, which is serious to me.  I am still so enraged I can't believe it.  Under the Impression part of the preliminary report, she again talks about the colonoscopy I didn't have.  I am scared and stinking mad at the same time.
I have a call into my dr. and boy I'm afraid he is going to hear it from me.  So I am wondering.  Was she out of line, or am I making a big deal out of nothing.
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   Posted 7/17/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds to me like she was definitely out of line! She should have been courteous to your husband and she should have addressed the issues YOU were concerned about, not the colonoscopy that you didn't have. She also should have sat there and answered every single question you and your husband had about the Barrett's because you are right, that is quite serious.

Can you get your questions answered by your regular Dr.? Or maybe he can refer you to another specialist? I definitely would put in a complaint to your Dr. about this woman....she might be treating every patient like that, and that is not right!

I am very sorry you went through this and I really hope you are able to get the answers you need from someone!

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   Posted 7/17/2009 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Maggi, I would be upset to be treated like that.  That was very rude but she might have had a bad day.  My gastro usually is very nice but he has also been very rude and "short" with me at times for absolutely no reason at all.  I just figure I have bad days, too, and he is a very good doctor who is moody.
She was also rude to your husband and should have spoken to him, since he was the one that wasn't woozy.  I really don't know what her problem is.
BUT, she might be upset that you didn't follow instructions several years ago.  In her mind, she is trying to keep you healthy and you aren't listening to her.  I personally do think you should get the colonoscopy just to be safe.  Pre-cancerous anything is nothing to fool around with.  You most likely are fine because you haven't said you have problems in that area, but it is important to give you a clean bill of health for that polyp that was removed.
I had two pre-cancerous spots taken off my face due to the sunburns when I was a child.  Because of that, I see a dermatologist twice a year.  Actually my appointment in next Monday.  I hate going but I'm not taking any chances.

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   Posted 7/17/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
It doesn't sound like she has very good bedside manners, some docs are sweethearts when it comes to bedside manners and some aren't. I know in the group I go to there are some I would rather not have to see if I don't have to, mine is the sweetheart of the group. She was rude but I'm sure she was trying to get her point across about the importance of the colonoscopy you didn't have three years ago. I hope you get that scheduled soon. If my doc talks to me after having a scope done I don't remember it but he always talks to my DH and when my DH has a scope he always talks to me, so the way she treated your DH was just wrong. If we were in our right minds after these procedures we wouldn't have to take anyone with us to drive us home.
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   Posted 7/17/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Maggie -

I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. I know you were trying to get answers for your current problem and at the time were not interested in hearing about anything else. I do understand that.

But I must tell you this. My mother died recently of colorectal cancer because she put off having her colonoscopy for a few years. She went through hell. It was a painful death for her and very difficult for her family to watch. Especially if you've had polyps before, you absolutely must get regular colonoscopies. Even though other health issues may be more prominent in your life, please do not ignore the very real danger of colorectal cancer. I hope you will make an appointment for this life-saving test soon.

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   Posted 7/17/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you guys,
I really had forgotten about it because at the time I was having 3 hip surgerys.  I think my regular dr. should have reminded me perhaps.  I will call and schedule it next week.
fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression, hypothyroidism, avascular necrosis, costochondritis, GERD
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