Topic: Is this normal?

I want to share this experience and see if our experience is the norm or unacceptable.

Re: Is this normal?

I believe you did the right thing to change. I did that with Teddy and never looked back. I always go with my gut feeling. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't right. Late once in a while yes, but not for everything all the time. But most important to me would be the Oncologist not knowing the proper things to do. Did you ever ask if he had ever treated this kind of cancer? I think you will feel much better with a new doctor!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

Re: Is this normal?

Jan.

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Re: Is this normal?

You have every right to be livid. We also had issues with doctors (including a pain specialist) making my mom wait way past appt. times and this made no sense to me since fatigue is such a big issue for cc patients already. When she went for her first radiation treatment they made her wait an hour and her blood pressure dropped so the radiologist said she could not treat her in that condition and my sister ended up bringing her to emergency. I can understand waiting in an emergency room or in a primary care doctor's office but when you are a specialist who sees seriously ill patients in an office setting, you need to see them within a reasonable time. The surgeon was very good, I don't remember waiting more than 5 minutes for follow up visits with him.

Patty

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Sucessful practices ARE NOT run this way.  Yes there are times that waits are inevitable but NOT on a routinue basis. 

Always go with your gut feelings.  Remember when all is said and done you are paying for a service and deserve to get he best.

I'm also in the medical field and live in NC.  My mom has CC and believe me I have no problem with demanding the best care for her.  (Being in the South, I usually prefer the "iron fist in the velvet glove" approach)  but that said ALWAYS SPEAK UP.  If you want to take it further, most offices and hospitals give out "satisfaction" forms requesting information on how you were treated, wait times and staff performance.

You don't have to be ugly but you deserve the best.  It's stressful enough dealing with this illness without having to put up with unnecessary waiting.

Go get em!

Take care and hugs to you!

Tawanda!!!!

Pam

My Mom lost her one year battle with CC on April 3, 2009.

"A prognosis is simply an audit of how truly precious each day is.  Live each day to the maximum, celebrate what was, and what is - Don't spend your life looking forward to what will or might be." .... words of wisdom from my beloved son on hearing of his grandmother's CC prognosis.

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Thanks for the posts and words of encouragement. It is much appreciated.

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Rant all you want. You have every reason to and we are hear to listen. I hope things get sorted out & start going more smoothly for your Dad (or atleast as good as it can get when dealing with CC!)  smile Take care & let us know how things are going.  I will be hoping for the best.

Darla

"One Day At A Time"

All of my comments and suggestions are just my opinions and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.   You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers.