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Posted by Kim Z. on September 21, 2000 at 09:24:46:

Hi all,

Some of you may have read my post about "anyone heard of plasmacytoma"?....well alot has developed since my last (and first)post. Yes..my friend does have plasmacytoma...and has been in the hospital for almost two weeks they had found spots on her lungs and were doing a biopsy and did several other tests. One day last week the doc came to Melinda's (my friend) room and broke the new to her and her family that they had found the cancer now in her Lymph nodes..you can imagine the mental strain that put on her..well...to make a long story short..the doc had gone into the wrong room..he wasnt supposed to have gone into Melinda's room with that news..it was another patient down the hall who they had found it in her lymph nodes..not Melinda! I realize that people make mistakes..even doctors and nobody's perfect..my opinion is he only made a bad situation worse for my friend. It wasnt until 3 days later that they realized that a mistake had been made and the wrong patient was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Never the less my friend will still have to take the chemo and radiation therapy..they have no insurance and are going to a state funded hospital for treatments although they are being very rude and turned them away for her first day of treatment because they didnt have the 20% (2000.00) to begin. That is so wrong..I know that there are probably several of you that have gone through this, what can they do? They are in the process of applying for medicaid for her but you know how long that takes and she needs these treatments immediately. They want her to go for 10 days straight for an hour at a time for chemo...please anyone with any information that I may pass along to them would be helpful.

Thank you,

Kim Z.

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