Of Doctors and Patients and Options

Yesterday was a very sad day as far as politics goes.  I will not add to what others have said, but want to note that I cannot understand how some people can vote for the tea party candidates. It makes me want to leave this country, which is not really ours, actually…

On a more positive note, my appointment with Dr. P went better than the last one because Guido was there.  What a difference! It is really difficult for me to understand how a doctor can be such a male chauvinist. Oh, well…

As soon as Dr. P mentioned going to the Cleveland or to the Mayo Clinic, Guido made him see how this is out of the question. In the first place, going to Rochester entails two flights.  Once we are there, it is another trip to the clinic. Then, staying at the hotel associated with the clinic, having to eat out, and going back and forth is a pain. The way we both are, this is impossible.  Besides, we have the experience of Guido’s visit to the Mayo Clinic, which was not beneficial at all.  We got no results, and it is a myth that each specialist who sees you communicates with the others and at the end you are given a summary by the team doctor. We did not get anything like that. The “team” doctor had no idea about what the others had written.

These clinics may be good for people who have a specific disease. In Guido’s case, what he had was a mystery, and they could not solve it. In my case, my doctors don’t know if it is caused entirely by the thyroid or if there is something else going on.  With his usual tact, Dr. P said he’ll have me do a brain scan in case I have multiple sclerosis.

We were insistent on the fact that here we have the hospital rated #1 in the country, Johns Hopkins.  We also told Dr. P that at this juncture I’d rather not go to an endocrinologist.  He suddenly remembered that they have an excellent internal medicine group at JH, and he can get me there sooner than February.  I didn’t remember that with the VIP plan we have we can get appointments faster at some hospitals.  This would work out much better too.  I have to get my physical next Monday, and then he will find out when they can see me.

My osteopath had been telling me for a long time about a physician who is outstanding, and urging me to see him.  Finally, having almost lost hope, I called today to make an appointment. He can see me ……. the 26th of MAY 2011……..  I made the appointment anyway, and they put me on a cancellation list. When they faxed me the forms to fill out at home, so that I don’t have to do it there, I was quite taken by his credentials.  Dr. S graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is 37 years old. He specializes in preventive medicine and alternative therapies in both traditional and alternative medicine, “thus offering patients the best of both worlds, using a complementary approach to healthcare.”

What impressed me most among many alternative therapies mentioned is Oxidation Therapy for pulmonary and immuno-compromised patients; a special “drip” for cancer and nutritionally deficient patients; and above all, a breakthrough non-surgical, non invasive alternative to bypass surgery.

Some will undoubtedly not be impressed by this at all, and will certainly doubt it.  I know.  My osteopath told me about many of his patients Dr. S cured.  At this point, I do not expect miracles, but maybe he can help.  Hard to tell when I’ll be able to get in. He must be really good if he is booked until May!  Besides, I read the reviews he got and they are excellent.  And my osteopath said he will try to help me get an earlier appointment.

In conclusion — patients need to patient.  I am one, unfortunately, and there is not much else I can do. However, there are a couple of possibilities available in this area, and I cannot afford to overlook anything.  I simply cannot continue feeling like I do now. This is not living!


About martisima

After over 50 years of teaching literature to undergraduate and graduate students, I feel I have earned my retirement (it happened when I was 72, five years ago). I do miss the classroom, however, but not the meetings and all other requirements of the profession. I love teaching, and wish I could still do it. But now I read for pleasure, and watch films, and listen to all kinds of music (no TV, though). I love to travel, and hope I can resume doing it soon. I need to get over my health issues caused by thyroid surgery three years ago!
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4 Responses to Of Doctors and Patients and Options

  1. John B. Parrish says:

    Dr. S. sounds like “The Man.” Besides, 37 is my lucky number.

  2. martisima says:

    Good! Then, let’s hope that he can see me on the 3rd day of any month, since 7 would be July…. Or, it could be a Saturday — the 7th day in calendars here.

  3. Elli Dumont says:

    Sorry I cannot write a lot, being tired much of the time, also! This sounds good and you are lucky to have a friend, the osteopath, who tries to help you with an earlier appointment, as well as with many other things! You are becoming a goldmine of information about many things, especially about navigating the medical system. Glad to get your updates.

  4. martisima says:

    Thanks so much, dear Elli! Your comment means a lot to me, as I know how you feel, and the ordeal you are going through. Shame you are so far from us. We could help each other. We’ll see if I can get an appointment sooner. I’ll let you know.

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