Well, it’s been one of those weeks. So I stayed up till midnight just to see if it would end. Fortunately it did, but not without giving me one reminder, that no one’s really in charge. It all started innocently enough with discomfort in my abdomen after of my gallbladder surgery. My abdomen was swollen with fluid and in pain. So I made an appointment with my PCP for last Tuesday.
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.
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FD Thornton, Jr
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