Twenty-seven days waiting for breast cancer biopsy results because my oncologist is not available to discuss them until his next available appointment on March 27. I prefer not to WAIT so I called and left word for either the doctor or nurse to telephone and discuss the results.
After two days with no call back, I just need to RANT. First, I send a big old thank you to Imani for hosting Freedom Friday and giving me the Freedom to RANT today.
I meditate. I walk. I breathe. I pray. Yet, stress and anxiety surrounds me as I WAIT for an answer to a possible life-changing experience.
Fear surrounded my space when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Especially, as I went though treatment and experienced the:
- side effects of chemotherapy;
- skin damage of radiation;
- disfiguration of a lumpectomy; and
- the total loss of hair.
Today, I am not fearful of a breast cancer recurrence. But, frustrated and dissatisfied with my oncologist who I depend on for counsel, guidance, support, and advice as I meander down the path of living with an incurable health condition.
His failure to respond to my request for a call back is of great concern. And if we do not connect until March 27, I wonder if it is worthwhile to continue our physician-patient relationship.
I Need Dr. Marcus Welby
Does anybody recall the Dr. Welby television show which ran from 1969-1976? I loved watching the show with our children.
“The show is about doctors Marcus Welby, a general practitioner and Steven Kiley, b young assistant. The two try to treat people as individuals in an age of specialized medicine and uncaring doctors.” (Anonymous Writer)
This past week, I thought a lot about Dr. Welby as I compared this TV doctor’s treatment of his patients to the lack of compassion shown by my oncologist.
I just received the telephone call from my oncologist’s office. The biopsy was NORMAL and REVEALED NO SIGNS OF BREAST CANCER.
Thanks to all my blogging friends and family who sent prayers and positive comments. You helped to keep me grounded as I went through the WAIT.
When I see the oncologist on March 27, I will express appreciation for the call back. Also, I will share my dissatisfaction with his clerical staff who initially refused to allow me to leave a call-back message.
She insisted there were no other options for the twenty-seven day WAIT other than being added to the wait list for a cancellation.
However, she did allow me to leave a message when I called later to tell her that the imaging facility said the results were in the oncologist’s office and that I should ask the doctor or his physician assistant to call and discuss the results over the phone.