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oreo11
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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 12/14/2013 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
 
     So I met with my Rheumatologist yesterday and found out that she is leaving at the end of February.  She is retiring because the medical practice she is working for is having money issues and is being taken over by another entity.  She does not want to work for this other entity, which I completely understand.  The problem is this other entity may not hire another Rheumatologist for this area, which would mean traveling 3-4 hours to see one!!  The highways in and out of this area can be treacherous in the winter.  To make a long story short, I am saddened by the state of medical practice in rural areas like mine.  They are having difficulty attracting doctors here, especially specialists.  I would love to know if any folks have names of Rheumatologists that are in the Redding or Santa Rosa area (California).  San Francisco would be a tad too far for me.  That would be very, very helpful.  The other community would be Medford, Oregon.  Thanks for any input.  Oh, and good news, we are back to lowering the Prednisone and seeing if I can manage on 8 mg. every other day.  Keep your fingers crossed!!!
 
Love,
Laura

Barbara Lee
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Date Joined Sep 2003
Total Posts : 2889
   Posted 12/15/2013 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Laura:

Man that stinks, I'm sorry to hear that you're going to have to travel to see a Rheumy. We used to be stationed at Travis AFB near Vacaville, CA. However, at that time the air base had a major medical center and I used it instead of the Doctors out on the economy.

My sister in law and her husband are Doctor's in Redding. I'll send her an email and see if either of them can give me a recommendation for a good Rheumy for you. I can't make any promises, but I'll try to get a name for you.

I feel the exact same way you do about the medical readiness in the rural areas. I believe Bill would like to move closer to his parents, but they live in a small town in KY. There isn't a medical center close enough to provide the services that I need. We are reluctant to even think about moving away from where we are at for the moment.

I guess until I see how the Obamacare affects the military system, we'll stay put. Plus, our daughter still has 1 1/2 years to go till graduation. Once we're sure she's good to go, maybe we'll consider moving westward.

I hope that you find a Dr that you'll be happy with and that will treat you well. I'll be praying for you and I'll email you if I get a name. I hope you're feeling okay and having a good weekend.

Hugs,
Barbara
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Obstructive & Central Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.

oreo11
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Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 399
   Posted 12/15/2013 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Hi Barbara,
 
     Thanks for the reply.  And thanks for looking into the possibility of a Rheumatologist in Redding.  That would be very helpful.  I feel pretty good tonight, although I did feel the drop in the Prednisone.  Took some Tylenol Arthritis to help with the pain....helps a wee bit, but no where as well as the Pred.  Wish my body weren't do hooked on it :).
 
Love,
Laura
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