Hello, all, Elizabeth here. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I am scheduled for surgery on 10/2 and will find out a proper diagnosis at that time.
I thought you all might be interested to know something that happened last night (the 18th) at 5:45 p.m. My “missing in action” doctor called me from the VA – A WEEK LATE. Yes, 7 days after I left her several messages, one of them “urgent”.
When I realized it was her on the phone I said, “Dr. M—- I did not expect to hear from you.” She replied that she had “just got” my message. (There’s something fishy about that as I will explain). I stated my surprise, and summed up for her what had happened, and how I ended up in the civilian ER and scheduled for surgery, and how I had waited and waited for her to call me. She said, “Why didn’t you call the triage nurse?” “I did, and she said to talk to you.” To which the doctor responded, “WHAT CAN I SAY.” What can I say? What can I SAY??? I should say, “Sorry” to start off with, and maybe something along the lines of, “We dropped the ball this time” but no. What-can-I-say!!!!
So I gave her back as good as I got from her, and told her, “Well, I don’t know what you want ME to say, I am scheduled for surgery with someone else and that is the way it stands.” Dr. M— said, “Well, let me know how it goes.” And that was the end of the conversation. I was SO ANGRY, I cannot even describe. I talked to my friend and she said she was shocked by the “arrogance and incompetence” and I have to think, she nailed it on the head.
What was fishy about this phone call was this: Just this morning, my new doctor’s assistant had requested my medical records from Dr. M—. A certain test was missing from the file. I will now have to re-take that test Saturday. Could it be – possibly – that there was something that wanted covering up about that test and my current condition? I’m really not sure. Maybe I’m getting paranoid. I didn’t even think about asking Dr. M—- about the missing test, she had got me so aggravated on the phone. I started thinking about it later.
I am very glad I have found a new doctor. And I guess it’s a good thing that she is re-doing the one test, so she has accurate information at her fingertips before I go into surgery.
But I’m still frosted – “What can I say?”
PS – I have felt well enough to write several strong letters and fire them off at the “powers that be”. I’m sure losing another sick Veteran doesn’t mean anything to our government. But the VA is broken and needs fixing. American Veterans deserve better.