Mar 16, 2012 - 12:55 pm
I know for you tenured members on this group, this is a no-brainer. But--for the newbies--let me stress the importance of getting all of your medical records. You'll need them if you want a second opinion plus there is no way your doctor knows everything on your records. Believe me. My husband's doctor -- Dr. Hammers -- is a highly respected kidney cancer oncologist. But as a Hopkins doctor, he teaches; he sees patients both in the office and the hospital; he's on call 24 hours a day; and of course, is highly involved in kidney research. He keeps hours like our resident vampire--Texas Wedge--who I'm convinced never sleeps. (But his lack of sleep benefits us all. Thanks Tex.)
John and I have even butted heads on this, and he's a smart man, probably too smart for his own good. Basically he puts all his trust in his doctors. It drive me mad!
But I have made some progress on this front as we did ask Dr. Hammers for a copy of his scan yesterday after he discussed with us. The report was not yet available and Hammers told us an we could get it next visit.
Since John had to return today to Hopkins to get his port out, he stopped at medical records to get a copy of the scan.
I'm still trying to decipher the info on the report, but one thing for sure we've discovered that the doctor failed to mention yesterday was two NEW nodules in the lungs. Maybe it's no big deal but it seems that it's something that should have been mentioned. Please tell me if I'm making something out of nothing, but it doesn't seem right to me.