I had an initially somewhat concerning experience yesterday morning which turned out to be nothing. Having got back from running an errand, I saw "Missed Call" on my answering machine, so naturally I clicked to hear the message. It was from Kathleen, my regular nurse at my uro's office.
"We got the results from the urinalysis at your last appointment two weeks ago, and Doctor C----- asked me to call and discuss the results with you."
Uhhhh Ohhhhhh, I immediately thought. They wouldn't be calling me about this unless there was some kind of a problem! So I immediately called back, frankly beginning to get a little nervous. Got the receptionist, who of course had to put me on hold a couple of times, then spent time trying to figure out where Kathleen was, and whether she could even talk to me right now, dragging this whole thing out. But luckily I did get nurse Kathleen on the phone after a few minutes, and she simply said:
"Your urinalysis results came back normal, except for a slight rise in your white blood cell count, but Dr. C---- thinks it's okay, and there's no need to do anything about it unless you start having symptoms."
Well, having been waiting to exhale, I exhaled (not into the phone of course), thanked the nurse for the good news, hung up, and went about my business for the day, rather relieved of course.
So I was wrong in assuming that they wouldn't be calling me unless there was a problem. Well, there was a problem, but no where near the kind of thing that I had allowed my imagination to run away with.
My point: If a test gets an "okay" result, wouldn't it be just as well for the doctor's office not to call the patient about it, that is, "no news is good news?" And thus avoid the inevitable build up of anxiety in a patient upon hearing the kind of vague message that I got?
Or maybe there should be a law to the effect that messages from a doctor's office such as the above should be required to end with the words "There isn't a problem, but we just want to discuss a minor issue or two with you."
I guess I'm just venting about this, but I was also wondering if some of you have had a similar experience: you got a call from your doctor's office, lab, etc., that sounded ominous, but upon follow up turned out to be really nothing to worry about.
Or am I making too much of this?
So have any of you had a similar experience, or have thoughts on getting this kind of call and the concern it might cause?
As others have said, UF & Shands has a patient portal where one can retrieve the test resutls, schedule appt, send a msg etc.
I saw you have FL.edu as your email extension but that does not mean you have your PSA tested at Shands.
The other reason for wanting a call is to get copies of all reports and scans for my personal records
Post Edited (LupronJim) : 4/30/2014 11:23:43 AM (GMT-6)