My 10 AM, my doctor's nurse had contacted me.
Several things had happened that led to all the communication failure last week.
She was on vacation all of last week. The doctor began a 2-week vacation last week out of the country.
When they made the recent switch from private practice to the Gibbs Cancer Center, they all got new e-mail addresses, and the old ones did not transfer e-mails to the new ones. She just happened to look on purpose at her old account, and saw my e-mails.
She gave me a new emergency number, that I can use for any true emergency in the future, it will put me through to who ever is the oncologist on call at the time. I put this number in a very conspicuous place for future use.
She is contacting my doctor (today, Monday) and promised I will have an appointment with one of the two neurologist that we talked about by Wednesday. She is suppose to call me tomorrow with an update.
Also, she went ahead and took care of my next Fentanyl prescription so that it didn't become a problem with the doctor being out of pocket. She just has to get one of the other oncologists to sign off on it.
She said in the future, to avoid confusion, not to e-mail, but to call first. I did remind her that the doctor told me specifically to e-mail him following the Dr. "S" visit of recent date, so I was doing what I thought he wanted. How could I know that he was going on vacation for two weeks?
It's all good, while I was in a lot of extra pain during that terrible 9-10 day period, it was still not a true "emergency" in the truest sense of the word. It was just an escalation in my chronic pain world. If I had thought I was in a dangerous situation, like something serious was going wrong inside, I would have been in our ER 2 minutes from the house in a heartbeat.
Hopefully, next time, there won't be so much confusion and mixed signals going on if I have another event. I am glad this major move is behind them now. As they say, "it" happens. I am just happy that it seems to be resolved and shouldn't happen again. Prior to two months ago, none of these kinds of things ever happened. My doctor had always been easy to reach, great about calling me on his own, and always answered e-mails quickly, so I knew something out of the ordinary was up.