Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Doctor, Homer Simpson

My doctor acted like Homer Simpson today. As you may recall I have been worried about my CBC test results. I have had a high white blood cell count, low grade fever, and some other symptoms for months now. The first CBC test also indicated some possible abnormal cells, but was discarded. So I took another CBC blood test. My doctor was supposed to consult with an hematologist, and let me know about it today. I have been going crazy with worry for the last 3 weeks! I only slept one hour last night.
I found out today that my doctor hadn't even looked at the new CBC test! As we sat waiting for it, he asked me about my symptoms, fever, and pains that I have been having. He told me that the fever wasn't all that high, and that my symptoms were due to depression. In other words, all in my head. I reminded him that I have been in depression for years, but never had a fever or other symptoms until recently. In fact I have only seen him once a year until now.
The nurse brought in the CBC result that she just got from the lab. Homer, um, my doctor looked over the results and said that my white blood count was still elevated, and possibly some abnormal cells. He said that it was "cause for concern." Well, DAH!!! I already knew that from the last CBC. He was suppose to consult the hematologist, and tell me his findings today. Now I have to wait another month until he does so. Anyone have some Valium? Well, that's a free clinic for you. Slower then molasses. Um, is there a hematologist out there?


Lady Banana said...

That's ridiculous! Did he do any other blood tests such as ESR?

I'm sorry but that's a very poor system in operation there!

Try not to worry too much though.. it maybe just a viral thing you have which will in time pass..

meleah rebeccah said...

Man, some doctors are just so arrogant and smug it makes me incredibly angry. GAH!

Rebecca said...

Wow - so sorry you had to deal with this. Praying for answers for you.

Dr. Gwenn said...

I've had a similar experience with a PCP a year ago and finally switched. Now I have a wonderful PCP who actually tracks down labs and calls. Fire Homer....

Speedcat Hollydale said...

You want that Old Speedy goes and punches him in the gut??

Hello AIR !!!


Awake In Rochester said...

Hi Lady Banana, ESR? Not sure what that is. I will see a hemotologist soon and I think that he will test me. Yes, a very poor system indeed......... Hi meleah, You would think that he would give me a good exam, but didn't. ........Hi Rebecca, Thanks! I can still use the prayers....... Hey, ho Speedy, LOL! A powerful laxitive in the old mans drink should do it.