Tuesday afternoon my PCP sends me to the local hospital for a CT scan. This ended with a Wednesday visit back to the hospital for a possible abdominal tap. This was postponed due to one of my medication’s I had to stop. Then Friday, apparently I got Thursday off, I went in for the procedure. They drew more blood, tagged me with a hospital bracelet, and I even got an ultrasound. Then it was decided they wouldn’t do the procedure after all.
So I went home, just as swollen and bloated as when I started. I suppose I should be upset about the whole fiasco, but I’m trying to see it as a information gathering experience. As a business systems analyst, my job was to basically find the bugs in the flow of a system and make corrections. So now I’m gathering information. Armed with a mountain of recent test and charts, me and my PCP are creating a plan of action for this current situation.
You know when you panic, things can get out of control. My PCP on Tuesday was working blind only on information I gave. No test results, no surgeon’s notes…nothing. Basically a breakdown in communications between doctors, surgeon, and the different offices caused most of the problem. It is sad that I have to put my own pain and discomfort aside. To gather up all the necessary information that my Primary Care Physician needs for my well-being. But if that’s what it takes? Because apparently no one’s really in charge, but yourself.