Randy Joe, what a horrible story. I would have punched that Doc in the mouth on the way out the door.
I have fired two doctors in my life.
One was like Woodpecker above. He was an ok Doc, my PCP. Although I felt he was a bit lax on helping me get on meds to control crazy high triglycerides. But the reason I fired him was his staff. They were absolutely horrible. On hold for 10 - 15 minutes at a time, Dr not getting messages, insisting I owed them a copay three months after a visit, even after I sent them a copy of a cancelled check and on and on. When I went to my first visit with a new PC, he commented that my ex Dr was a fine Dr, and he said, I guess it must have been the staff in the office, huh? He knew.
I had an orthopedist that did knee and shoulder surgery on me, great guy excellent Dr. But as his practice grew, the wait time became unbearable. There were times I would wait 2 hours, then he would apologize profusely. I kept seeing him because I had so much confidence in him. But the last straw was, the day I took a long lunch to see him, got to his office, and they tell me, oh, sorry, something came up this morning, he wont be in today.
I walked out and never came back.
My current PCP, whom I have been with for about
8-9 years, is someone I thought about
firing but didn't. If I see this guy with a cold, he sends me for a brain scan. He is so over the top cautious and will send me to a specialist for the smallest thing. But he is a great doctor, knows his stuff, and for someone like me, its probably good to err on the side of caution. So I decided to stay with him.
Rising PSA from 2008 through April 2013
PSA 2008 - 2012 .7 TO 2.2
Dec 2012 - Biopsy, 14 core, nO PCA, one core HGPIN
4/13 PSA 2.8, FPsa 11, PCA3 13, 10/13 PSA2.7 fPSA 15
4/14 PSA 3.1 fPsa 16, 10/14 PSA 4.3 fPSA 12 PCA3 26
11/14 BX 3/12 cores + G610%, G6 20%, 3+5=8, 70%
2nd opinion Johns Hopkins, all G6 10%, 20% 80%
3rd opinion MSKCC all G6 10%, 15%, 70%
RALP scheduled January 6th 2014
Final pathology stage pT2c, upstaged to Gleason 7 (3+4)
ECE, Margins, SV, Lymph nodes (9) all negative, PNI present.
5% involvement of Prostate by tumor.
My story, at tinyurl.com/qgyu3xq