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Communication breakdown - No chemo today?

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JDuke
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Looks like somebody dropped the ball. No appointment was scheduled for me today for chemo. Med/Onc is implying it was a pharmacist error...who knows? Can't decide if I am relieved or annoyed. Ok, I decided...annoyed. Well I will try to make the day a productive one regardless. Will keep you updated.
Blessings to all,
Joanne

Update:
Sluggish paperpushing...did not get to authorization coordinator until Friday (?) Insurer responded this am....appointment - Wednesday at 9:30

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mp327
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I'm sorry to hear about this snafu. I really get upset over things like this, especially when I've gotten myself mentally prepared for something not to be looked forward to! Human errors--I guess stuff just happens sometimes. I'm sorry this happened to you and hope that Wednesday you will get on track with this and have no more delays. Please keep us posted!

Martha

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z
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Hi Joanne,

Sorry for the paperwork problem. I always have to remind myself that the medical field is just as capable of making paperwork mistakes as anyone else, but I think I get more annoyed because they are dealing with humans and not material things.

I was waiting for pet-ct results from my dr on a Friday and I called the office and asked to talk to my dr and they said he wouldn't take a phone call and that I needed an appointment.

I told them the dr called me earlier, and left a message, and because you office people didn't relay the message from when I called earlier, as to what number to call, before the dr left the message, he didn't call the right number, and I needed to talk to him. I said I am sure you have heard this before from patients, that our anxiety is high and I am sure you would want your messages to get to your dr. I proceeded to ask that the office be informed of the importance of relaying messages to the dr. They have probably red flagged my file as being difficult. LOL. The dr did call me back within the hour.

I wish you well on Wednesday, and I will have you in my thoughts and prayers. Let us know how it goes. Lori

sissy310
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Sorry to hear of the glitch. I was thinking of you the whole time going through the rad/chemo this morning. My was supposed to be last Monday starting with the PIC and then that changed with fever and then there was a glitch with which hospital. I hear you though about not knowing whether to be relieved or annoyed. I will be thinking of you Wednesday and sending my thoughts and prayers to you. Be well. Marilne

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pjjenkins
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How did it go for you today? I should say yesterday because you probably won't read this until tomorrow. So maybe I should ask how did your first two days go?

Please know we are all with you... hugs,
Priscilla

sissy310
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Hello Priscilla, thanks for asking. Day 1 was scary because I did not quite know what to expect...first rad and PICC line insert and chemo started. Busy day. The staff was wonderful and even though I was scared, it went smoothly and was uneventful. Second day today was same...I know what I have to do and what needs to be done. The hard part is doing it all...some days I want to just lay here and sleep it away and wake me when its over and other days I feel like "bring it on"...the vacillating emotions are exhausting. I appreciate all the support and caring of everyone on this site. It means a great deal. Thank you! Be well, Marilyne

Joanne - do you start tomorrow now? I will think about you while I am in treatment.

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JDuke
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Two days down, you CAN do this. I so understand the roller coaster ride. In fact, I think I can speak for everyone here, we all have experienced those emotions. I just emailed my RAD/ONC today to let her know I start tomorrow (I am crazy about her and want to make sure she stays in the loop) and my comment was that I was experiencing dread and eagerness at the same time. It's a wild ride, isn't it. Glad that your tx was uneventful, I will say a prayer that it continues to be just such!

I do start tomorrow, 9:30 am. Three to five hours is what they said. I had a nice lunch with two girlfriends today. One of them gifted me a beautiful, bright, colorful Coach scarf to cover my soon to be bald head and decided while purchasing it that I should have the purse to match it!!! She is too much, I am so very blessed to have such an extraordinary group of girlfriends. Many of them for 30+ years. I am thankful for them as well as all of my new friends here. Somedays it is what keeps me going!!!
Blessings,
Joanne

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mp327
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At 9:30, I will be thinking of you as I drive to my seminar on stress. I hope all will go smoothly for you today and throughout your entire treatment. What a great group of friends you have! Those of us here are also thinking of you today and keeping you in our prayers. Please let us know how it goes.

Martha

SueRelays
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Hate that! Like you said, mentally prepared. Well I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.
Are you sure you'll lose your hair Joanne? I never did.

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pjjenkins
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I would have been quite angry! You are taking it very well. But it is very good that they identified the problem and are rectifying it... just is two more days, dang!

Treat yourself well for this new delay... I hope you can find something really fun and distracting/relaxing to do!

Hugs,
Priscilla

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mp327
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I just wanted to check in with you and see how it went today. I hope there were no glitches and that you are now home and resting comfortably. Please let us know when you can how things are going.

Martha

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