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Old 05-16-2012, 11:02 PM   #31
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The ER Dr. had told me he'd call my urologist so he'd take me in to de-cath me Thurs. or Fri. He never did. I called and they said they couldn't fit me in. I then called my Dr. and he said he'd take care of it.

Later his Asst. called and asked if there was any time on Thurs. or Fri. that I could not make an appointment. I said no. Anytime or place.

She called back later and told me Dr. wanted me to take an additional .4mg dose of insulin.

WHAT!?

She repeated, take insulin.

I don't use insulin.

You don't

Never!

Are you sure?

Silence. I am not a diabetic.

Do you use the preloaded lancets?

NO! I am not diabetic and have never used insulin!

What's your date of birth?

12/1/44

Aren't you Mr. XXX

No, I'm the guy looking for an appointment for a urologist

Oh, I'll have to talk to the Dr. and call you back.

Wait, remember it has to be Thurs. or Fri.

OK.
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I'm glad no one took my BP at that point. She called back later to tell me she had an appointment for me but I had to go to a different office. She gave me the info and said my appointment was for Monday the 21st...

NO! It has to be Thurs. or Fri.

There is nothing.

Tell the Dr. I'll go to the ER - forget it!
A walk-in clinic would be cheaper than the ER, Andy.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:09 PM   #32
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Yikes Andy, what a fubar! Maybe you should get those instructions from PF. Once that balloon that is holding the catheter in place is deflated, it should come out no problem and no discomfort. I don't know how to deflate the modern ones.

My offer still stands, Andy. I'll let you know in PM, let me know you want to know...
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:29 PM   #33
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Andy, I see you are in "Mass" which I know is a reasonable size state. I have a friend who drive's Boston Local airport limos and he's forever running across to some Airport in Warwick or Providence RI or some-such, so places must be pretty close in your area. Surely there is some Doctor's office that can remove a simple cath that is not an ER visiit. Frankly, it sounds like a pretty simple DIY project given qualified how-to instrux. I think I read the offer and hope you take that advice. As for my advice, I suggest you invest in one of those "nose warmers" found else where on the Today's Funny Page before running all over town exposing yourself in strange dr's offices.

And I do hope you are feeling better as the week goes along!!
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:48 PM   #34
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OMG, Andy! I am screaming for you! mad:

How inept!!!
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:38 AM   #35
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The ER Dr. had told me he'd call my urologist so he'd take me in to de-cath me Thurs. or Fri. He never did. I called and they said they couldn't fit me in. I then called my Dr. and he said he'd take care of it.

Later his Asst. called and asked if there was any time on Thurs. or Fri. that I could not make an appointment. I said no. Anytime or place.

She called back later and told me Dr. wanted me to take an additional .4mg dose of insulin.

WHAT!?

She repeated, take insulin.

I don't use insulin.

You don't

Never!

Are you sure?

Silence. I am not a diabetic.

Do you use the preloaded lancets?

NO! I am not diabetic and have never used insulin!

What's your date of birth?

12/1/44

Aren't you Mr. XXX

No, I'm the guy looking for an appointment for a urologist

Oh, I'll have to talk to the Dr. and call you back.

Wait, remember it has to be Thurs. or Fri.

OK.
*************

I'm glad no one took my BP at that point. She called back later to tell me she had an appointment for me but I had to go to a different office. She gave me the info and said my appointment was for Monday the 21st...

NO! It has to be Thurs. or Fri.

There is nothing.

Tell the Dr. I'll go to the ER - forget it!
WT HEll! I have similar experiences with one of my last docs. I wound up yelling at her and firng her and walking out on the appointment. I have been through several since with ridiculous stuff like that. They wonder why we men don't like going to the doctor.

Mine kept telling me why she is changing a medication I am on. I kept telling her i have not been on that med for years. She would not back down nor admit she was mistaken. When i finally yelled at her her responce was "you seem so agitated today". The next one wanted me stop taking most of my blood tests because they aren't really necessary and just show up as bad things to worry about (I have things to worry about). The one after that I requested sent me to my blood work and forgot to request A1C (biggest one for diabetics). She says "I don't know what happened".

Hope you get better soon Andy!
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:16 AM   #36
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Andy, have you considered the walk-in clinics that CVS has. They have a nurse practioner on duty all the time. She should be able to remove the catheter for you. Good Luck. You are in my prayers. I know what you are going through. Been there, done that. Mt last pregnancy 35 years ago damaged one kidney. Now I have to go through tests all the time.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:13 AM   #37
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Make sure you take your ER discharge paperwork with you, Andy. Someone will want to see it and make sure the catheter is supposed to come out today or tomorrow.
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Thanks for the paperwork suggestion, pf.

Thank you all for your suggestions, well wishes and sympathies.
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Glad to hear you'll be seeing your family doc today.
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Thanks for the paperwork suggestion, pf.

Thank you all for your suggestions, well wishes and sympathies.
Andy mate has anyone mentioned kidney stones?
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