Sunday, September 28, 2008

I Spoke Up and Got Results

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2008 02:04 PM

These are the last two harvests of my garden. I am still amazed at how well my garden did. I love the grape tomato plant my aunt gave me and the cherry one my mom gave me. Even I cannot keep up with all these veggies. (except the cucumbers - I used every single one of them)

Laying into doctors works lol
Well, even though my doctor was off on vacation today she called me with my results. Guess my little rampage worked. I think I even left some of it out. I also said “you need to stop treating your patients like medical record numbers and start treating them like real people with real lives, real concerns and worries. You send us home with no results and think it’s no big deal and you don’t consider what a weekend of waiting and worrying is like for them. (calm voice)I want my results.”

Well I got the call back with all my results today.
They are not too exciting. I have a new 1.2cm spot on my liver along with the other two spots I originally had on my liver a year ago. The two original spots never went away. They shrunk in half and then stopped and that is what size they still are. There is a lymph node in my abdomen that looks like there is cancer in it which is new. The bone scan showed the same spots on my right hip and left sacrum that never went away and there is a new spot on my clavicle (right collar bone area). This was the area the technician said I had a spot on during my bone scan when they had to run extra scans.

So that’s it. That is my baseline. Lots of room to improve. Lots of low hanging fruit as Applied people would say. I’ll get the measurements and even draw little pictures for myself so I can visually see them shrink. (I seriously did that last time. Brian Scates was looking at me at work laughing when I did it last time but he was probably thinking deep down that I am crazy and I lost it)

I am so happy to be home. Chloe followed me around all day. Got to go, but I wanted to be unlike MD Anderson and give you all the results literally 10 minutes after I got them.
Oh, everyone kept asking me why they couldn’t get me my test results a week later. The answer is……Because they are MD Anderson. They are the #2 cancer hospital in the country. People come from all over the world to go there and they think their shit doesn’t stink. So, to all the cancer people out there remember… Always stick up for yourself and always make sure you get what you think is best for yourself wether it be test results, scheduling, or medication. Patient does not mean you are in the control of the doctor. Patient means you are the one paying the doctors. You are the customer and the doctors are the customer service. They work for YOU so make them work when necessary.

I am not a total bitch in the office if that is the picture I am painting. I am extremely polite but at the same time nothing gets by me and I make demands and get results.

It is the most beautiful day in Michigan. I love it back here.

Lots of love and room to improve

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I found you on crazy sexy ... and love your blog. I was wondering how you got your vegetables so BIG? Mine did not do so well last year. Do you use anything to make them grow? Thanks so much! Toni


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