Saturday, December 19, 2009
So whats new...well.....over the past year so much has changed I do not know where to start. You all know I had my surgery in April. Hubby opened his own business and we have been very blessed (prob a little too blessed) with the amount of work that has come our way. The summer was great and would have been better if it didnt rain every single day!! The fall was uneventful also. In December I lost my grandmother who was 93 years young. I am sad to never see her again but realize that she is right where she was begging to be for the last few years....in heaven!!
2010--I am hoping for an awsome year!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!!!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
I made it through week one and stupid me thought I might be bored my week back.....HA...I guess bored and Annie Charette don't go together. Thanks for keeping me busy this week Annie!!!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
So at least one more trip to NYC this year.......sigh.............
Monday, June 1, 2009
On a different note--my sister and her kiddos are coming for a visit on Wed. Let the snow fly!!! (she is from Va and was wishing for no bugs when she came up---blame her for the snow)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
After the appt with Dr. Gutin me and my hubby went to get a bite to eat. I checked my messages and there was one from Dr. Selesnicks nurse saying that he could not make appt today but I needed to continue on with audiologist anyway. WHAT??!! They forgot to tell me about 3rd appt for the day. SO we had to sit around till 4:30pm until that one. And guess what......she told me I am deaf in right ear...NO REALLY!!!!
So I guess Dr. Selesnick will call within the next few days. I still do not have return to work date, disability paperwork signed or answers to my questions. SO we drove over 6 hours to say goodbye to neurosurgeon and to have another hearing test that could have been done at home.
At least they have good shopping down here!!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Hopefully I will find out some answers to my questions and get the sutures out of my back!!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
We have been getting bills trickling in from Sloan for the first week I was in the hospital. So far they do not want any money yet but want to let us know how much they are sending to insurance. Any guesses on the amount so far?
$62,500.00 Holy crap---this is only for the surgery time spent in the hospital. Can you imagine if I decided to go with the other surgeon and hospital that was not covered by my insurance!!!! I am thinking by the time this is done my insurance could have purchased a nice house for what they are paying out!!! It will be interesting to see how much they charge for the week in ICU with beefed up nurses.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I found this book online and thought that the title was funny.....every senior/ blond moment I have now I will have a viable excuse.....
Maybe I will have have a t-shirt made up!!
Monday, May 18, 2009
My follow up is on the 27th. Yes I still have to go back there again.
Side effects seen now:
Hair loss--probably from the anesthesia and the decadron after ---it is comming out in large clumps now----I am glad I started with alot
Soreness- my back still is a bit sore from the "ice pick"
Head- muscles still sore in my neck but all in all getting better
Wobbliness- still here---but getting better
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Recap of my week: Alot of laying around and watching tv. I guess I was sort of forced to take it easy this time. I must say that I did see the nurses alot alot this time. Probably because they had orders to come tap me hourly. I did end up with my own room for a week and yes the food was not that bad this time. I really need to be careful of what I am typing om my "magic blog" now. Everything I complained about I had to re-live.
New outlook---I am happy to be alive and out of the hospital. ME=GOOD
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
She will be in ICU for at least another four days, and if things do not progress as they hope she may have to have her "melon" opened up again.
I tried calling to find out more so she will call back when she is able. Until then I do not have to why's of it all!
The doctor said that it is not common for this to happen so far into post-op, but this is Patty and if it will go wrong it will happen to her! (no really thats her luck).
They will monitor her and if all goes as expected she will be released, otherwise they will have to operate to find and repair the leak. But they are very hopeful!
They will try to taper it down again tomorrow and see where it goes from there.
Her headaches come and go of course, but again she sounds good......
although she refers to her situation as being "tapped like a keg" lol, and is happy that she had a chance to have her toes done so that she has something pretty to look at, thats our girl!
Send all good thoughts her way and wish that she can come home to us soon!!
As you have read or heard our girl is back in ICU. They warned her that this might happen so she was prepared, not happy of course, but prepared. Her words…”they stuck a very large catheter in her back and not the happy epidural kind you get when you have a baby”. They are draining her CSF (Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), Liquor cerebrospinalis, is a clear bodily fluid that occupies the subarachnoid space and the ventricular system around and inside the brain. Essentially, the brain "floats" in it.) Sounding pretty smart aren't I (thanks to Wikipedia)
A nurse is going in about every three hours and draining 10cc. to help relieve the pressure. Which of course will cause a major headache. Hopefully she will be released at some point tomorrow (Tuesday).
I will update again when I get more info, or Patty will if she gets the chance.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Today I will try my witts at getting my piggies groomed. Nothing to make a girl feel great but letting someone rub her feet.
Things are still the same. No real improvemnent except I am no longer taking the percocet for pain.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Side effects seen so far:
1. SSD (single sided deafness to right side--this will not change)
2. Lost of taste for anything but cold/sour
3. Left thigh still numb--not sure if its from laying for 7+ hours on that side
4. Dizzy, vertigo , head feels like its floating above me
5. Loopiness----prob the percocet though
Facial nerves all seem to be intact still....so we shall see when I will rock the rest of this!!!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I have been trying to build up my tolerance to car rides and walking by having my husband take me somewhere every day. Yesterday we went to target for 1/2 hour and today to Michael's. Gotta love it in the city when rehab has to deal solely with shopping (next surgery you have Brigg I am bringing you down!!!)
Oh and did you hear the news of tht lady in Long island that was all prepped for her brain surgery and the surgeons never showed up....I guess all my downsides with my experience I at least had my 2 surgeons show up!!!
Monday, May 4, 2009
1. Not seeing a nurse or a Patient care tech for most of the day...a simple "hey" would have done
2. Not being offered a toothbrush, swabbette or even a washcloth for the first 48 hours--enough said!
3.People who come to visit their loved ones and then get a phone call on their cell...so instead of staying in their loved ones room they go outside of yours to make long loud phone calls...THANKS!!!(sometimes it wasn't even in English)
4. People who can't pick up the meal trays in a timely fashion...I mean 3 1/2 hours really!!
5. Nurses who tell you..."you know I only have two hands" after putting your call light on and getting ignored for over 1 1/2 hours!!!
6. Bubbly patient care techs that come in and turn the light on and expect a conversation at 1:00am---this one even tried to rearrange my room to her liking until I asked her to leave!!!
7. Having the nurse check my inciscion every day and telling me it looked great and then when I finally asked what it was held together with they thought they should turn on the light??!!!
8. You spend 5 days in bed without eating, in nausea, are vomiting and the thing that makes everyone happy is that you pooed??!!
9. Being told by the MD that you were ready to go at 8:00am but not getting to leave until after 1pm.
10. Knowing that carrying around that "nurse Gene" could make you do circles around these guys but you are too sick to show them!!!!
THe next 48 hours----Everyday my little surgical team would come in and check me---Open your eyes, smile, close your eyes, lift your hands, pull down on my hands, lift your feet etc etc....I guess when I realized that this was starting to annoy me thats the day I knew I was getting better. I really had no appetite until Saturday. I started eating some lite food Sat afternoon and this still continues until now. I have a very strange metallic coating in my mouth which makes it a chore to eat. I can only feel texture and can't really taste anything so whats the point.
I remain on pain meds, steroids, stool softeners, laxatives and prilosec for a few more weeks now.
Today was a bit numbing to say the least. I had to get up at 3:30am to leave by 4am. Not too much of a feat such I want allowed to shower, wear deodorant or eat.
Once we arrived it went pretty fast. Dr. Selesnick came in and said his hello's. I did not meet the anesthesia doctor like I thought I was suppose to so I wheeled into the OR drug free. Which caused much stress and I was a mess by the time I got to the room. After they got me onto their cot they immediately gave me something and about 2 minutes later put the mask on and that was it. They did not shave my head until I was already out so my husband could not give them tips! (prob a good thing)
7 hours later I guess they were done. I don't remember much. Just waking up with that feeling that you don't have your senses and things are not right. I remember allot of pain and allot of nausea. I also remember allot of throwing up. My husband waited almost 3 hours for me in recovery and they still could not get me settled so they ended up still letting him in.
My husband recalls me trying to rip everything off including the bandage to my head. I remember hearing the nurse and the aid talk about a mean mean patient doing this and in my head felt sorry for him....LMAO!!! I guess I had torn everything off and they were actually going to have to get me a sitter but I ended up settling a bit.
From what my husband recalls: They were able to get it all out. So hopefully no radiation will be needed. I was very swollen for the first few days with my head all disproportionate but that's getting better (well at least back to normal).
THE NEXT 48 HOURS
I was put on the neuro observation floor. I am not sure if the nurse/patient ratio was 1-100 or if I was just that much of a pain but I did not see the nurse or the patient care techs (nurses aids) very much. The PCT did vitals and the nurses did meds so between them both I saw someone maybe 20 minutes total a day.
Now I didn't really need much---pain and nausea meds, fresh ice and maybe a wash cloth. They work on a call system that when you push the bulb a nurse comes on a speaker and asks you what you need. Then they bring it to you so they don't have to walk down twice. The concept is good if the nurses really got the message or if they had time to bring you what you wanted. I can remember that one night that the smell of my left over dinner tray was making me nauseous so I had my husband go out and look for a cart to stick it on, which he could not find. So I then pushed my bulb and asked them to come get it.......that was at 6pm......I then pushed it again at 7pm and asked them if they forget "NO we will be in when we can'. At 9:30 pm when it was time for my vitals I made them take it with them. IT seems that they all have assignments. The IV team does IV's, the lifting team do lifting, the nurses do meds,and the PCT do the vitals. Well I guess I needed room service for the tray and they were too busy!!!!! Still a bit frustrated!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
From what I am feeling you would think this incision was wrapped around my head a few times. Its actually pretty amazing as there are no sutures or staples. It is all held together with glue. Just to think that after all of these years they are still going to the basics....whats next duct tape?? This is my incision...it is pretty bruised but I think its a very lean looking one!!!!
I have so much to tell you of this long journey that I have been on but just wanted to give you all an update for now.
I was released today and am now back in NJ. My follow up is not until next Monday the 11th so I think we may just e staying down here until then. I am feeling alot better today as long as I don't sit or stand or open my eyes...lol. Compared to the previous days I can see some improvement with everything so that is a plus. I will give my day to day reports in the upcomming days so stay tuned.
Please forward mail back to my home residence as I do not want to overwhelm my in laws too much. Talk to you tomorrow !!!
Thank you all for your concern and prayers for my little sister.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thanks again for your concern for my little sister. Continue to pray that her recovery goes well.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
We love you Patty!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I am so happy that you came through this. You are very strong and brave. I know this was not easy for you. I also know that your friends and family helped you in so many ways to get through the last six weeks to this day. With tears in my eyes, please know I wish I could be there with you. I love you very much. Your sister Kelly.
Thank you all for your prayers and for thinking about Patty, Ken and Taylor at this time.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Allot of people think that every time I have tests done I automatically tell them that I am a nurse and I can honestly say that I don't. I would rather stay quiet sort of rate each nurse, tech, phlebotomist and receptionist. There are a few smart ones that seem to catch on. Such as today...I had a new MRI tech and a seasoned one. The new one couldn't figure out how to get the cap off of the razor. When I was trying to talk her through it the seasoned one entered the room and when he asked me where the tumor was so he could place the stickers I blurted out" Its a right sided acoustic neuroma that starts in my auditory canal and ends at the brain stem". This little bit of info and he knew I was a nurse.
This will be my last post on this blog until I am back on my feet. My sister will continue to update while I am out. Once again I want to thank everyone who is still here and following my story (life). It really means allot to me and my family!!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
My week was quite busy---On Thursday me and another nurse went to Plattsburgh for work. The trip started good until I left my purse at the doctors office and didn't realize it until it was way after hours and were were miles away. Thank goodness their was one person left in the building. Then on the way home the driver in the car in front of us decided to take out 4 mailboxes and then almost flip. Then he drove away. We pulled over and called the cops and while we were waiting a trooper happened by and pulled over. I, in great detail, explained what we had saw. The trooper kept looking at me and shaking his head. Then he decided to leave and we asked if he needed our information in which he stated "sure" and then looked at me. So I gave him my phone number and date of birth and such. I then very cleverly remembered what next week was going to bring and responded"I know this is going to sound funny but if you are going to call me could you please do it before Tuesday since I am going to NYC for brain surgery". He stared at me for a moment and then He then left .The other nurse and I got back in the car. We were just about to take off when the other nurse looks over at me and starts laughing uncontrollably. It seems that when we left the restaurant and started on our way home I was having issues with my bangs and found a big purple bow clip that belongs to my daughter and stuck it into my hair right on top of my head. I can only imagine what the officer thought of me.
Today I sat out in the sun with my daughter, my friend Brigg and her sons. I should have been cleaning my house but I kept thinking that if something happened to me in the next few days would my daughter remember the clean house or would she remember mommy playing outside with her all day?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I am having a hard time believing that the surgery may even take place this time. I am waiting for a phone call to say that a part of the pre-op did not turn out and that we have to postpone this again.
I will continue to have my blog updated while I am out whether it be by me or a family member so tune in. I have even figured out how to update via my cell phone. My husband will be updating a few people via phone but cant call all of you!!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
After meeting with Dr. Gutin I was sent for lab work, ekg and a chest xray at a building about 11 blocks away. So we had to jump on a jitney and travel to the other site. Once there a receptionist took some info and then asked if I preferred a semi private room that my insurance would cover or that I could request a private room that would cost "five thirty" extra a night. To which this hick girl replied "five dollars and thirty cents?" and she replied "five hundred and thirty dollars "and then chuckled. (we are not in Kansas anymore!!) So I will be sharing a room !!!
So surgery is still scheduled for April 28th. I will probably need to be at the hospital at 6am. Dr. Gutin said that he will start and that Dr. Selesnick will assist and then finish and close. They expect only one to two days in ICU and a few more on the regular unit. They will let me leave as soon as I can ambulate, eat, pee and of course breath.
It took till almost 6pm for all of the pre-op stuff to be completed and for us to get out of the city due to traffic.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I am not dying of an inoperable brain tumor-------I started this blog to try to stop the never ending rumors that people in small towns seem to feel the need to start. Maybe I would be more apt to believe them if I was not still working, shopping and going for walks with my daughter. But if any of you still feel the need to feel that sort of sympathy for me please feel free to send large cash donations to my house. Twentys and Fiftys will really let me know how bad you feel. We've been wanting that heater for the pool anyways and I know that some of you will not feel whole unless you have contributed!!!
On a more serious note I do feel pretty good. Once in a while I will get headaches that will last for hours on end but overall I do not feel too bad. I do have some ringing in my bad ear. I am still carrying the extra weight that should magically fall off when the tumor is removed. I no longer have double vision. Some of you have even seen me out driving in town. The hardest part of this is that I do not feel sick!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Today I made Easter dinner. I wanted something diffrent so I went onto the food network and found recipes for Red white and bleu potatoes and baby carrots with ginger butter. That along with the double candied ham made quite a feast. And don't forget the white cake with pastel sprinkels. Yummmmmm, Did I mention that I was going on a diet after the surgery!!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
I know alot of you have asked for the address and room # and once I get one I will have my sister post it here. She is still going to update my blog after I am unable to do so.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I forgot to mention before that they may not be able to remove the whole tumor. Since it is quite large and because it is in an awkward spot they may have to leave parts so they do not do any severe nerve damage. So this will probably mean that I will still have to go through with radiation therapy or they said that after they cut off the blood supply to the area that it may stop growing on its own. So I am guessing that with my luck I will have to go through with radiation treatments. I will also have years of MRI's to ensure that it does not grow back.
OK as you can see I have started to obsess again. I cannot beleve that in a little over a week I will be under the knife.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Dr. Stieg was very upfront in telling me that I will be pretty miserable for the first few days. Because of the location of Mr. T I am going to wake to severe nausea and vomiting which will most likely continue through the first few days. I will have a catheter placed in my spine just in case the fluid builds up too much they will have quick access. So if everything goes as planned I will spend at least 2 days in Neuro ICU and then 3-5 days on the regular neuro unit. Of course any type of complication and the numbers will increase. They also gave the whole "things that could go wrong" speech again. Lets see meningitis, death, infection, death etc etc.
But they keep trying to convince me that its less than a 1% chance for any of those.
They are also pretty optimistic regarding long term effects. Since the only thing that I am experiencing now is the vision issues they are giving me a 95% chance that I will not end up with Bells Palsy or any other type of facial drooping or paralysis. The only thing that they are NOT guaranteeing is saving any part of my hearing in my right ear. Pretty much can rule that out.
They told me that I will wake up with staples behind my right ear. They also warned that I may have an incision on my abdomen because they may need to use my fatty tissue for a skin graft. I pretty much told the doctor that he could take as much fatty tissue as he wanted to and I would even be willing to donate some to other patients if needed. Hell----harvest the fat from my arse while your at it!!
Whats left: Well this week I need to get some lab work, EKG, and chest x-ray.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The brain stem plays a vital role in basic attention, arousal, and consciousness. All information to and from our body passes through the brain stem on the way to or from the brain. Like the frontal and temporal lobes, the brain stem is located in an area near bony protrusions making it vulnerable to damage during trauma.
Reflexes to seeing and hearing (Startle Response).
Controls sweating, blood pressure, digestion, temperature (Autonomic Nervous System).
Affects level of alertness.
Ability to sleep.
Sense of balance (Vestibular Function).
Decreased vital capacity in breathing, important for speech.
Swallowing food and water (Dysphagia).
Difficulty with organization/perception of the environment.
Problems with balance and movement.
Dizziness and nausea (Vertigo).
Sleeping difficulties (Insomnia, sleep apnea).
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
It really seems that everything is going at a snails pace now. If my vision would just go back to baseline I may be able to convince myself that I just made this whole thing up.
Just to clarify----the type of tumor that I have is 99% benign meaning that is is not cancerous.
The acoustic (eighth cranial) nerve includes branches that mediate the sense of balance and head position (the vestibular nerve), as well as hearing (the cochlear nerve). Acoustic neuromas are benign tumors that arise from the vestibular portion of the acoustic nerve. Surrounding each nerve fiber are Schwann cells that form a substance called myelin that insulates nerves and facilitates electrical conduction. It is from Schwann cells in the vestibular nerve that an acoustic neuroma, also known as a vestibular schwannoma, arises. Schwannomas also may be referred to as neurilemomas, neurolemmomas, and peripheral fibroblastomas.
Acoustic neuromas occur at a rate of one per 100,000 people and make up eight percent of intracranial tumors.
Because of the location of acoustic neuromas, the initial symptoms of these tumors involve hearing and balance. ( I thought I was just fat and clumsy!!) Tinnitus (ringing in the ears--I only have once ina while), hearing loss(slow for about 5 years), disequilibrium, and vertigo are common and caused by compression of the eighth cranial nerve. As the tumor enlarges, it expands in the space of the cerebellopontine angle, a region near the brainstem, and the seventh cranial nerve, which controls the facial muscles. When a tumor is large enough to compress surrounding structures, it may cause headaches, facial numbness and/or weakness, double vision, nausea, vomiting, and hydrocephalus, a blockage in the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Today was full of excitement. I did a phone conference for work (shhh don't tell anyone). Then I got out of bed, ate a muffin with a cup of coffee. I then checked my e-mail, facebook, blog and then made another cup of coffee. (panting now)
Then I did something crazy....I showered. After that I got dressed (cause it would have been funny to do that first) and here I am again on the computer.
After all that exertion I think I need to lay down. I hope tomorrow I can learn to take it easy and not stress out so much!!!!
I have been debating on whether or not to try driving. My vision either has either improved a bit or I am use to it now. I think I would be fine driving around town..maybe....my husband doesn't think so!! Why can this guy do it and not me??? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/5313370.stm
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Wouldn't it be a hoot if you could answer everything like a 21 month old:
Dr: Well you have a brain Tumor
Dr: yes you do
Dr: You are going to need surgery for that
Dr: Don't you believe me
I am waiting for the MD office to call me back so I can get a note to go back to work. Yes you heard me....since I have a few weeks their really isn't any reason to torture myself (and my family) anymore by staying home. My dad has agreed to chauffeur me around and work has agreed to have me back (I did hear a rumor that they already had plans to convert my office into a gym)
So I may be seeing some of you real soon!!!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Things you don't want to hear during surgery:
Better save that. We'll need it for the autopsy.
Someone call the janitor - we're going to need a mop.
"Accept this sacrifice, O Great Lord of Darkness!"
Spot! Spot! Come back with that! Bad Dog!
Wait a minute, if this is his spleen, then what's that?
Hand me that...uh...that...uh.....thingie.
Oh no! I just lost my Rolex.
Oops! Hey, has anyone ever survived 500ml of this stuff before?
Damn, there go the lights again...
"You know, there's big money in kidneys. Heck, the guy's got two of them."
Everybody stand back! I lost my contact lens!
Could you stop that thing from beating; it's throwing my concentration off.
What do you mean she wasn't in for a sex change...!
Anyone see where I left that scalpel?
This patient has already had some kids, am I correct?
Nurse, did this patient sign the organ donor card?
Don't worry; I think it's sharp enough.
What do you mean "You want a divorce"!
She's gonna blow! Everyone take cover!!!
FIRE! FIRE! Everyone get out of here!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
And congrats to Dom and Carla for bringing new Bambino's into the world!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Questions #1 What if you have more cushion and cannot fit into the closed MRI?
Answer: They do have Open MRI services in Plattsburgh which can be used for both "more cushioned" people and people who do not feel comfortable in confined coffin-like places
Question #2 How did you ever sit in that tube without moving a muscle for over an hour and a half?
Answer: Please see post below in reference to "Very nice nurse and Xanax"
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
OK so I guess all of my persistance paid off. I have an appointment in NYC on Friday with Dr. House. Ok maybe they just look alike but I swear that if comes out of the office with a cane I will bolt.
Boy I was so anxious to get the ball rolling and now I am so anxious that everything is going so fast. My sister will continue to update my blog when I am unable. She's not as cute but just as Sarcstic. (lol)
On another note I would love to hear from everyone who is reading this and hasn't fallen asleep yet!! Please feel free to leave lots of comments as It would be a great way to pass time and I seem to have alot of that now!!
I have been ackknowleged!!!!! The office just called back and apologized for blowing me off yesterday and they want to see me at 1:00pm today (thats 4:00 in Doctor hours in case you were wondering). I guess they are researching a place that specializes in this procedure and Burlington is not that. I will update everyone after the appt today.
Monday, March 9, 2009
I got up with some optimism this morning. I called the neurologist's office just as I was instructed to do. I was met by a very stern receptionist who even after hearing my whole story regarding "Friday" still had the nerve to tell me "Ma'am I don't know what you want but we cant fit you in". I think at this point if I could have jumped through the phone I would have. I know that she has no idea what kind of impact the recent news of having been diagnosed with a brain tumor but man a little compassion would have been nice. I guess at this point I felt I wasn't getting anywhere with politeness so I did the next thing that came to me.......................I know most of you that know me would think this would be to turn into "super bitch" mode but actually the waterworks started. I could tell at this point it was making even a small dent in the heart of the "Ice receptionist" so I thought I would throw in a few sniffles and sighs. She then says "hold on". She actually went and spoke to the doctor and at least referred me back to my regular doctors office for a referral to Fletcher Allan.
I immediately called my primary MD office and now being almost 5pm have still not received a phone call back. Oh yes I did get a call from a nice nurse who swears she left a note on the providers desk and yes I have even called back once just to make sure that they didn't forget about me. Here I am now...NO REFERRAL, NOT EVEN A FREEGIN CALL BACK.............I am hoping that in my past and I know certainly in my future career in the health field I will remember these past few days. I would never imagine leaving a patient "hanging like this". All people ask for is some acknowledgment that what they feel is important. I will continue my mission tomorrow I guess!!