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Unread 04-13-2003, 10:35 AM

I was told by a dear RN friend of mine that my DR is not too wonderful in her opinion. She told me that he is arrogant (I knew that) She suggested a hematoligist for follow up on the embolism. So I think I will do that. My family has been saying the same thoing. The DR I go to know does not talk to you he passes messages through his nurse and almost made a mistake that could have caused me to die. I questioned it and he then recounted what he said. I am very non confrontaional. How do I go about getting this internal medicine DR to switch me to a hematoligist? I don't want to tick him off.
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Unread 04-13-2003, 11:49 AM

(((Sherry))), please don't worry about whether your DR will be 'ticked off'. It is perfectly understandable that you should want to see a hematologist.

I'd probably say something like 'I'm sure you understand, it will help me to feel more comfortable about this if I can see a specialist. Would you please refer me to a hematologist?'

If he is at all professional he should just give you (or have his nurse give you) a name and number to call, and will provide copies of your records to the hematologist upon their request. You might even ask to have the scheduling person at the hematologist's office to request the records as soon as you make the appointment, to ensure they are there in plenty of time for the hematologist to review them before he/she sees you.

Hope this helps!
Unread 04-13-2003, 12:20 PM

I agree. Don't worry about this clown's feelings. Can you get a referral from your family physician? It's really important, IMHO, to work with medical professionals you feel good about. I understand that there are situations (and I've been in my fair share) where the expertise of the doctor is worth putting up with some annoyances, but that does not seem to be the situation here. Do not pass GO on your way to another doctor!! And don't stop until you find one who gives you instructions and opinions straight from his/her own lips!! You know the game 'Telephone', right? Don't want that kind of game going on with your health or your life.
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Unread 04-13-2003, 09:58 PM

I agree 100% with the ladies!!

Dont worry about how your Dr is going to feel with your right to get proper medical attention! I can not give you any advise on how to get into see one as I see military Fr's and we have to get referred by our PCM. I hope it is that simple for you!!

PLEASE let us know how your quest goes.

Unread 04-14-2003, 05:48 AM

I am going to do it today!
Unread 04-14-2003, 06:03 AM


Please let us know what you find out, I will keep an eye out for your post!!

Unread 04-14-2003, 06:07 AM
I will.

I am getting ready to go for another blood draw to see if my PT is up. Pray for THIN blood ) If not it will be 3 more days of buying shots. I won't know the results until late today.
Unread 04-14-2003, 06:30 AM

Let us know as soon as you find out!!

Unread 04-14-2003, 07:56 AM

I am back. I have a feeling it will still be low as I did not bleed at all. My tummy looks like I was used for a punching bag though. Hard to fin non bruised areas to do the shots.
Unread 04-14-2003, 12:36 PM

I set up an appointment with the hematoligist. Thankfully I did not need a referral. Whew now to get back today's numbers....

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