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Old 06-22-2008, 11:30 AM   #61
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And why did they need 3 sets of blood samples? First one was 6 tubes, one hour later was 3, one hour after that one was 2. why, they just said they have to check for certain enzymes. So, why does it take that much blood to check??
that's why I thought they did a complete blood screening...
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:49 AM   #62
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Can you call the ER and ask some of those questions? I'd give it a try.
You need answers.

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I think a better approach would be to call the family doctor and have him contact the ER and get all the blood test, as well as other test, results. He will probably be able to do it more easily, and TG needs to discuss all this with him anyway.

A CBC (complete blood count) is SOP in the ER and should, at a minimum, be one of the tests that were done. If not, contact your doctor and ask him to send you a lab form so you can get the blood testing done before your doctor visit; otherwise, you will probably be given one at that visit, but if he has the results right then, you can make decisions about what to do next without further waiting.

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Old 06-22-2008, 11:50 AM   #63
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Cara, you asked an important question about the peculiar health care system in the US - people in the US are led to believe that it is the best in the world - NOT. Here's the World Health Organization rankings - USA is #37.
The World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems

I worked on the policy side of this system my whole career - doctors in the US are currently overwhelmed by paperwork and insurance company rules/restrictions and concerns about liability. And the medical training system is SO paternalistic. They do not like to be questioned. Sounds like your ER doc did a pretty poor job of informing you, and helping you understand what is going on. If they took that much blood, they have got to be checking for more than enzymes. Will they send the results to your primary care doctor?
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:58 AM   #64
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I can go get copies of all the tests next Friday, at least, I should be able to since it' mine, right? I will call tomorrow.
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Old 06-22-2008, 12:02 PM   #65
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Stacy, the state law where I worked (in Oregon) says that medical records are NOT the property of the patient, but the property of the provider (like business records.) But the provider is obligated to provide you a copy (for a fee, if they want to charge you one). Docs are reluctant to provide you with blood test results because they are afraid you won't know how to interpret the results...duh. Why don't they help you do that??? OK, I will climb down off my soap box now..............
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Old 06-22-2008, 12:22 PM   #66
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I will call tomorrow and see. My sister got hers before from same hospital.
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:47 PM   #67
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Stacy, you have a right to copies of your blood and other test results. In Texas, you have paid for them and you have a right to them. You don't own your chart that includes your doctor's notes, but most docs will let you look at them. You should go to your docs office and get copies of every test you have ever had with that doctor. This is just being a pro-active patient. All you have to say to them is that you want to keep copies at home so that in case you have an emergency or need to see a specialist, you will have a folder available for any doc to look at. I have all of my test results and the ones for my kids and I take them any time I have to see a doctor. Lots of people do that - it's not unusual. Also, in the case of blood tests, the lab report will say what your result was and then say what a normal range is for that particular test so you can tell at a glance what tests were out of the normal range.
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:56 PM   #68
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I'm calling my cardiologist tomorrow and making sure I can get in there. The pain is still here and now my leg is pitting too. I just feel bad all over.
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Good advice, Terry. Thanks for adding to what I said.
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Cara, you asked an important question about the peculiar health care system in the US - people in the US are led to believe that it is the best in the world - NOT. Here's the World Health Organization rankings - USA is #37.
The World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems
Actually, I think people are told that health care in the U.S. is the best in the world - not the health-care SYSTEM. That is, if you have good insurance and/or can pay for it. Certainly the entire system needs an overhaul.

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And the medical training system is SO paternalistic. They do not like to be questioned.
From my point of view working in a medical school, this is somewhat outdated information. I was in the hospital four times last year and much of my care was provided by residents who were overseen by members of my own doctors' practices. They were perfectly willing to listen to me and address my concerns. I kept a notebook in my room of all doctor visits, what they said, what tests I had, what questions occurred to me after they had left, etc.

The big problem I see is that people don't seem to think they *can* question the doctor. If the doc doesn't like to be questioned, find another one. I know that's usually not possible in the ER - I'm talking about care after the ER.

The best advice I can give in this situation is, if it's at all possible, see doctors who are affiliated with an academic medical center and/or medical school. They are up on all the latest - they have to be, since they're teaching the next generation.
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