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Unread 07-13-2004, 06:28 PM
Sad day, need to find a new doctor

The doctor who several years ago discovered my ovca, and got me into surgery before it could spread, and has followed me since had a stroke a month ago. He and his wife have become close personal friends of my husband and I. We got a report right away, and when he felt up to visitors, we were the first invited to visit him in rehab.

He lost use of his entire right side, but is walking now, and showing improved use of his right arm/hand. He has decided to not return to medicine however. His specialty was ob/gyn surgery, and he will never be able to return to doing that, even if he does regain full use of his arm and leg. Too risky, and "return to normal" is not expected to include the fine motor control to be a surgeon.

He is also not going to do ob/gyn exams, not enough money in it to pay the overhead of the office.

Doc is the only doctor who I have allowed to examine my girly guts in 30 years, and I am simply not interested in developing a relationship with a new doctor.

I feel like I want to just take my chances that the cancer will not come back and bite me again...

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Unread 07-13-2004, 06:31 PM
So Sorry

I hope the Dr. does recover, but I know what you mean. We have to trust our doctors with our lives and they take us through so much. I hope you find one that you'll grow to trust and like as you did this doctor.
Unread 07-13-2004, 09:59 PM
Sad day, need to find a new doctor

I am so sorry. My endocrinologist has also been my primary care Doc for several years and he is battling esophogeal cancer and is out on an extended leave - so I can empathize with you.

Please don't take your chances though. Talk to friends/family/co-workers - other cancer survivors in your area - and see if they can recommend a GYN they really like. It's tough to lose a Dr your trust and like.

On another note, I am glad he is recovering from his stroke.

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Unread 07-13-2004, 10:33 PM
Sad day, need to find a new doctor

Dear Maggie:

It is indeed hard to entrust our bodies to someone new - my doctor is moving to another city and I too will be given over to a new doctor and I understand what you're feeling. But please do find a new doctor for follow-up.

Perhaps your wonderful doctor can suggest some good names for you to consult and you can decide which you will choose after such consultation.

Take good care of yourself and let us know when you find that wonderful new doctor!!

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