I am angry angry angry. Finally got a call from my doctor yesterday, after waiting for almost 3 weeks.
I have been composing an email to send to him, but am afraid to click "send". Somebody, please read this and tell me if I should send it! I don't know what to do anymore.
***** BEGINNING OF LETTER *******
Hello. I am kindly asking that this be forwarded to *My Doctor*.
In the event that this email does not make it to him, I will be both mailing and bringing a copy to him at my next appointment so it can be filed with my chart. THIS IS CONFIDENTIAL.
This is in regards to the telephone call I received from you pertaining to my medication. Below, to the best of my knowledge, is a copy of a disturbing conversation we had yesterday, September 16, 2003.
Here is a play by play of what occurred:
*My Doctor*: Hello?
Myself: Hello. It's Carol.
*My Doctor*: Carol...???
Myself: Carol ******
*My Doctor*: Ah, yes, Carol. What can I do for you today?
Myself: Well, I am out of my medication and need a prescription written.
*My Doctor*: What medication are you taking?
*My Doctor*: What dose are you on???
Myself: I am on 3 grains.
*My Doctor*: Well, why don't you just stay on that?
Myself: I don't have any more refills, and at my last appointment you said you would be calling me to significantly lower the dose because you prescribed me 3 times more than I actually needed.
*My Doctor*: Let's try 2 grains then. I'll send you a prescription in the mail. Thanks. *he hangs up*
I am suggesting you read this dialogue again. Now, let me point out a few alarming details about it:
1. You had no idea who you were calling.
2. You had to ask what medication I am on, AND had to ask what dose I am currently on.
3. I had to remind you that we spoke about lowering my dose of Armour SIGNIFICANTLY.
4. You obviously did not have my patient chart in front of you.
Let me note that this is now the SECOND time you have prescribed medication for me without referring to my chart. That is not only inexcusable, it is dangerous! I am now requesting you mail, email, or fax to me a copy of my most recent lab tests from August 28, 2003. Please send these immediately so I can get a second opinion about what you have prescribed. I highly recommend you look at my chart and do the same.
During the week of September 29, 2003, I would like to have an outside source perform my blood tests for a Free T3 (not a total T3), a Free T4, a TSH test, and a TPO-AB, and any others above and beyond what I just mentioned. Yes, it is against your policy, but I would much rather have my tests done BEFORE I get into your office so we can discuss them and our next plan of action. You can mail the request form to my home. I will take the liberty of bringing them to my lab of choice and ensure they are sent to you on a timely basis for review.
Please understand that I am in no way undermining your abilities to perform your job. My concerns are in the lack of referring to patients' charts. I can play at guessing what dose I need, also. I don't, however, expect my doctor, a trained professional, to do that. All patients must be treated like they are your only patient, and you left me feeling otherwise.
Thank you for your time again. I regret having to mail this to you; remember, I am the one who has to take charge of my own health. I am anxiously awaiting your views about this situation.
**** END OF LETTER *******
Sorry this is so long everybody. I just don't know what to do anymore. I have been through so many doctors that I can't handle it anymore. After I got off the phone with him, I just cried. I had hoped this doctor would be THE ONE.
Where do I go from here? And do I send the letter to him? Please help me.
I agree. Find another doctor. And, yes, I thought your letter was to the point while not being rude. Good job. If I were you, I don't think I would send it to him. I think I would bring it to my last visit. I would watch him read it and would be anxious to see his reaction. But that's just me. Either way, I would be sure that he gets the letter and I get a new doctor. Good luck with the next one!
"Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things".
Finding a new doctor is easier said than done. I don't know about anyone else but first off, I can't find a decent doctor. I even went to one Mary Shomon's Top Thyroid Doctor's website and she sucks. Now, I've made another appointment with a different doctor. Who knows how he'll be. That's more time off work for me to miss to run around trying to find a decent doctor..meanwhile, I"m suffering.
Originally posted by poizngypsy: Finding a new doctor is easier said than done... I even went to one Mary Shomon's Top Thyroid Doctor's website and she sucks.
I found this quack doctor on both the Armour Thyroid website AND the Thyroid-Info's "Top Doctor" list. Guess I'll have to find doctor #7. Anybody live in the lower portion of Northeast Wisconsin??? Grrr. I really thought this doctor would work.
Oh well. I shouldn't have put so much faith in one doctor. At least he mailed a prescription for 2 grains of Armour to me. I will take 1/2 of that daily. Maybe it will do something good for me.
Thanks again for listening to me.
Someday, things will work out for all of us.
I will just have to start the doctor search again. Not like I haven't done that before.
BYE BYE EVIL DOCTOR.
Oh, I did send him the letter. Plus, I will hand deliver a copy to him at my final appointment in October.
Tiny....I know how you feel. I'm getting ready to write a letter to my doctor as well and have already sent a records release because this is the second time I have called them with my Blood pressure being elevated and have YET to get a call back.
I'm so ticked off and am going to let them know very bluntly.
Honestly, next time I see this guy I am going to let him have it. Who cares anymore if he has a fancy degree and is probably 50+ years older than me. He blew all of the respect I had for him, and I can't wait to tell him. Just because I am younger, doesn't mean I am a fool. Well, sometimes I am a fool. I am 24 you know. Bound to have some wacky, brain-fart moments.
I have a stack of letters just like your's. I don't think either of the last two doctors earned my money! They sure didn't earn my respect! I hope the next endo is the answer to my prayers. Every time I read a post here I get more upset about the lack of respectable health care for us. My Dad was schuled for chemo therapy,went in to talk to doctor first. The doctor didn't have a clue of were things stood! If he had just read the last notes in the chart he would havn't looked like such a fool! AND believe me we all knew that he didn't know! All the more reason for you to take someone else with you to appt.I am at the point I want to tape record all appts. Even with my husband there WE still aren't always sure what was said. Watch out and read as much info as you can http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_up.gif
Way too many of us are angry http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif
Got a reply letter from my doctor and he sent copies of all of my tests.
He admitted that "yes, you caught me. I wasn't looking at your chart, but I had a reasoning for prescribing you the higher dose." Then he goes on to circle my slightly elevated Anti-body count from August 8th lab. Remember, my appointment was on August 5th and he prescribed 3 grains of Armour before he even took any blood tests (even after i told him i had been on 88mcg of Synthroid). My second appointment was during the last week of August, which is when we discussed the tests from the 8th and when he took new ones.
Anyway, I compared that first lab to the most current one from August 28th. He didn't do the antibody test! If that is the only reason he prescribed me such a high dose of Armour in the first place, shouldn't he have done an TPO-AB on the second lab so he could review it? He tried to justify himself by looking at old tests!
No, you're not. And, yes, you should. Before this idiot sends you into full blown hyper! WHAT A JERK!
Good luck finding a new doc. Sorry, but this dumb butt sounds much like the dumb butt I see. And it just pees me off!
[This message has been edited by Bosmom (edited 09-19-2003).]
Definatley get a new Dr. and prefferably a specialist in the field. If you do not have confidence in your healthcare provider It only caused you constant concern, worry and guessing with your health issues. Onward for you!!, KK