Nov 16, 2013 - 9:08 am
Ok. So I had my six months check-up yesterday. My appointment takes a 3 1/2 hour drive from my house. We get there a little early. My appointment is for 10:20 a.m. I am told at the reception area that the doctor is running an hour behind. It ended up more like and hour and forty-five minutes behind. I got in the exam room at 11:45 a.m. The intake nurse took my information and I told her some of the stuff that has been going on with me for the past six months. She takes in all in. Further, she tells me that she is retiring at the end of the year. The place is revamping and asking the older staff to retire. (This dosen't make me feel too good since my doctor left for Texas earlier in the year). Then she leaves and the doctor comes in. He starts looking at the computer to find my file and sighs a little becasue he sees in his schedule where he should be (15 patients behind). I understand he had an emergency. That is not a problem with me. It was what happened next that is concerning. He calls in another nurse to do the breast exam while he is still looking for my records. He performs a PAP smear. After the pap he gets a page. Asks me when did I have a CT scan. I told him he ordered it in May when I was there and that I had faxed the CT report, lab works that I had done, and some other stuff. He asks the nurse why they were not in the file. She said she didn't have time to put it in this morning. Huh? Since May, June, July and August? Are you kidding. Then the doctor says you can have a scan yearly and see you in six months and out the door he went. Never asks me if I was having any problems or discussed with me what the intake nurse took in. (fatigue, achyiness, low grade fevers, headaches, pain, etc)
Oh and the last time I was there in May, my PAP came back with ASCUS. He says this time - no big deal. It happens.
Great. No internal exam whatsoever. I explained to the initial intake nurse that I was starting to get pain again like I did prior to my diagnoses and prior to my recurrence. ie: lower left back pain, pain near the rectum on the left side, and sciatic pain down my left leg. I usually get rectal exams because that is where the last tumor was that they removed. But no exam whatsoever. I could have went to my PCP or a local gyne and had a PAP smear done.
Now I do not know where to go. I can't go locally because no matter what hospital location I go to I will end up with the same doctor that I had problems with. The other local hospitals I am not sure of the doctors there so I will have to check them out.
Disappointed and frustrated once again.