How often should labs be done?

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   Posted 4/9/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband and I have been back together for about 6 weeks or so ( cant really remember, days run together anymore). In all of that time, his dr has not ordered any labs. The dr in houston pulled blood on the 13 of march ( we didnt get any results tho) and they pulled 17 tubes of blood yesterday, but is it normal not to do regular blood work? They dont even test the ascites they are draining from his lungs or stomach, and sometimes it is a really cloudy, clumpy green. I am wondering if I should be more aggressive in my questioning. My husband gets mad when I question to much, he doesnt want to make the dr's mad and them not do what he needs done. I am like if they are not doing the testing that they are supposed to be doing they are killing you by that omission.

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   Posted 4/10/2008 3:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure how often your hubby should have lab work done, it appears from reading different posts that it can depend on stages of the disease, medications that are taken, etc. However I am a true believer in taking an active part in my treatment. You and your husband have a right to ask questions. This is his body and his life you both have a right to understand what procedures are being done or not done and for what reasons. You can call the doctors office that is recieveing the lab results and ask to either have a copy of the them and what they have said. Personally I do both. I keep copies of all results of my lab work and my tests results. For me it has been a help, when going from my GI to my hepatolist which is located out of town, because they didn't get to his office. I also keep a small notebook on me and when I think of questions I wite them down. It helps me remember specific things that I want to ask the doctors when my appointment time comes. It is also helpful to write answers down that they give me. sometimes I am so overwhelmed when I am in their office that it is hard for me ot remember exactly what was said. I have never had a doctor appear angry or annoyed at my questions. In fact just the oppostie has been true.


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   Posted 4/10/2008 4:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I second that Lucy


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