Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dilemma...Solved!

     Last week I called my doctor who deals with my Endo. Let's call him Dr. Endo for name's sake. I called Dr. Endo's office to make an appointment only to be told by the secretary that he is leaving the practice. I explained that this could not be because he told me that when I came back we would discuss surgery. A well needed surgery. She told me that he was already planning on leaving the practice in October but got a better offer so he was leaving next Thursday. I'm sorry... NEXT Thursday? Yes. She must have heard the panic in my voice because she asked me if I wanted an appointment that Thursday. After I said well of course I asked what I was suppose to do after he left. Her response "oh well the people upstairs can handle you" You have GOT to be kidding me? The OBGYN. The people who told me I was cured because I was pregnant/had a child? Those people. They are very nice people and they were wonderful through out my whole pregnancy however they are not the people who I want handling my Endo problems. I have nothing against them it's just they aren't as educated in this specialty. Immediately I went online to look for another specialist. Here is the deal: in my town there are two hospitals one that is a teaching hospital and one that isn't. Everything I do is through the teaching hospital. It is one of the best in the countries. Although I complain I have found that they are the best of the worst that I've been to. Being angry at my hospital I looked up "Other Hospital, Endometriosis" well, you know what I mean. I came to something labeled infertility, reproduction medicine and surgery. On one of their main pages it said something about Endometriosis. I called them up, asked if they took my insurance, and made an appointment.
     Flash forward to today, Thursday (as in, "next thursday"). I go in to talk to Dr. Endo and he asks if I want to try Lupron. No. I do not (and by the way I just found out Lupron is technically a chemo medication. Yeah, thank you anyway). He said okay surgery. Well you probably don't know this but I'm leaving. I must have made a face because he says 'ah you did know' I said yeah I heard. What I was thinking was don't you think YOU should have been the one to inform me? Don't you think I should have known before your very last day at the clinic? HUH?! HUH?!?!?! In my head this man was in BIG trouble! He continued with he obviously wouldn't be doing the surgery but one of three surgeons in town that he was signing on to work at the hospital would be doing it. He likes all three but the main one he even plays golf with (because his golfing skills should indicate how well he does in surgery - men *sigh*). Dr. Endo said that he'd let his scheduling person call me for a pre-op appointment then from there I'd pick a day for surgery. They would call me by next week. I left the appointment by telling him good luck with his new office and thank you for all that he has done. He really is a nice guy and not a guy I can yell at so I kept the yelling in my head.
     When we, did I mention my mother was with me? (I love her), got to my car my mom asked me what I thought. I told her I was conflicted. She thought I would be ecstatic because I had gotten what I wanted, surgery. My dilemma was I had made this appointment with people from the other hospital which is tomorrow. Do I still go? If I go do I tell them that I may have a surgery with the people at the teaching hospital? Do I tell them I'm definitely having surgery with the teaching hospital then I'm coming there? Who are these doctors? I don't know them? Are they any good? Do they know what they are doing? Will they take on patients or are they just doing surgery then sending me on my way? If they are taking on patients do I just dump the people from the Other hospital? So many questions swimming around my head. I had no idea what to think. Yes I am relieved I am getting a surgery but then what? If I go to the Other Hospital for Endo, everything is with the Teaching Hospital. It's just all complicated. So instead of pondering it I just came to work. Where I am now, taking a break and writing this.
     Before I started writing this I called back Dr. Endo's office and asked them for the names of the doctors who might be preforming the surgery (all three, one of three, something) so I could look them up and find out information about them. I left a message and asked for Mrs. Secretary (yeah I know, lame) to call me back. Half way through writing this she called me back and you won't believe what she said. The three doctors are the three doctors from the practice I called. Apparently they are the ones picking up the slack from Dr. Endo's leave. What a relief! Now I don't have to pick between the two because they are two in the same! A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Now I can go in tomorrow meet my new doctors/surgeons without worries (well, without those worries).



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1 comment:

  1. you're gonna keep me updated on surgery, right?

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