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I have once again dazzled a physician! - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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I have once again dazzled a physician!
I have a new doctor because my old 'new' one, who was female, shocked me by treating me as most male doctors do, which is to 'look through me' because I'm overweight FAT. She was brusque, rude, never looked me in the eye, and examined my foot (for a piece of imbedded glass) without gloves and then didn't wash her hands. She also stated there was no glass, just a piece of skin which she ignored. Boy, that was a short story made long. :) Anyway, my new doctor, who online is 'Adele Boutros' turned out to be "Adel Boutros" and thus a guy.

Under the cut for those who are actually interested in why I dazzled my new doctor. :)

He doesn't have a practice, per se, but a clinic, so it was hard for me right off the bat. The office was FULL of people (over half without appointments because it's also a 'walk-in' clinic) and of course, I had a panic attack within minutes.

Considering my post yesterday on Medicare, I'm going to guess he isn't one of the doctors who abuse the system. His clinic needs help (like painting, new furniture, new equipment, etc) but it was clean and it was obvious he does his best and, based on his clothes, watch, etc., there's no money being funneled into his own bank account.

Anyway, my primary reason for the visit was to check blood pressure because of a new medication I was about to start and we needed a base number because it can cause the patient's BP it rise (my BP turned out to be my best ever but he was the one who eventually had to take it - I'm one of those who cause medical personnel the heebee jeebies when it comes to trying to get the cuff to work properly on me). I was also there because of that pesky piece of glass which I still insisted was there. HA! I was right, he found it and quickly removed it - and it was HUGE! 

Take that, female doctor with no gloves or washed hands.

Then I wanted a referral to a dermatologist, which he agreed and, since he was also concerned about my hernia, which he spotted immediately through my clothes (I've lost enough weight that it's more prominent now. It's the abdominal kind that came about due to a severe panic attack which left me worshipping the porcelain gods). All my other doctors, over the four years in which I've had it, all said, "It's causing no difficulties and until you lose weight, it's safer to leave it alone".

He wasn't sure he agreed, considering where it was located so said he was going to get me a referral for that as well. Then he said he wanted a blood workup (Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, Liver, Kidney, Blood Count and, since I'm missing a part of my thyroid and thus take medication; Thyroid) and I immediately panicked again because this usually means I have to go somewhere else, somewhere crowded, busy, with lots of walking and standing in lines, which I can NOT do. I told him and he shrugged and said, "No problem, we'll do it here."

Of course we will. He has a clinic, after all, and thus the ability to do the old-fashioned simple doctor tasks like taking blood.

His nurse came in and I made the mistake of telling her I was difficult (I have something called 'buried veins") and she did, in fact, have a problem finding a vein, so she called in the doctor again and, within seconds, he'd done it. I never even felt it. I did have my usual horrible bruising afterward, but that's par for the course. I was a bit put off that he didn't use gloves, but since he didn't need to 'feel' my skin for prominent veins because he chose one of the two large veins they call 'muscle veins', I guess it was okay. (The nurse didn't want to use them because, as I've learned over the years, they tend to blossom and even 'squirt') Anyway, he did swab the area per procedure.

When he was done, both he and the nurse disappeared, leaving everything on the gurney I was seated next to, including the bloody tubing. This was...well...you know - hello? Can we say "hazardous waste"? and was the only thing that really bothered me.

When it was time to leave, I asked about a follow up visit after I'd started taking the new med and he asked what it was. I told him Cymbalta so he asked when I'd begin taking it. I explained I had to wait until payday, so he disappeared and came back a few seconds later with a BAG full of Cymbalta samples (TEN boxes). I still don't know what to think about that.

Anyway, back to the blood.

Now we all know what he thought about my blood when he saw me and noted the weight. Yep, he probably made the usual assumptions - like I'd have a cholesterol issue, possible diabetic issues, fat in the liver, kidney problems, etc. BUT - as has always been the case - he was surprised to deliver my results today; tagged "Normal in all areas."

I love my family genes. :) 

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theantipam From: theantipam Date: May 26th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on surviving yet another round of medical roulette. It's terrific news that you aren't having cholesterol, diabetic, kidney, etc problems. I hope this new dr/clinic can be of continued good help for you!

I recently had a health scare, and every one of the med. personnel asked me if I was diabetic - and looked very skeptical when I said I wasn't. Their own blood test confirmed, but they still had that suspicious look - because all fat people MUST have diabetes, right?????? GRRRRR!

Good luck with the new meds etc - healthy hugs for you!
- Pam
alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 27th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

exactly!

because we're overweight - we MUST have all those issues (and while many do, many do NOT and to make the assumption is based on looks - well, I'm torn. Is it good medical practice or a form of medical profiling? LOL!)
mab_browne From: mab_browne Date: May 26th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shine on, you crazy dazzling diamond. :-) It sounds great that you have a 'useful' doctor.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 27th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

ROTFLOL!

it is nice. :)
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alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 27th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Genes can make or break ya

my high BP started after the thyroid surgery - it took 3 months to control my hormones and find the right dose of medication - which was very unusual. :(
laurie_ky From: laurie_ky Date: May 27th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd stick with him.

Laurie
alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 27th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yep, I'm taking your advice!

:)
vamysteryfan From: vamysteryfan Date: May 27th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
He sounds like a keeper! I'm glad it was a better experience
alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 27th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'll just have to make my appts

at the very end of the day so I don't have to deal with the crowds. :( It's so embarrassing to have a panic attack in public.
caarianna From: caarianna Date: May 27th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
God, you are sooooooo lucky to have those genes. I haven't been normal in any area (except fasting blood sugar a week ago) in more than ten years!!!!!!! Hypothyroid, hypertension, diabetes, etc etc etc equals mucho drugs which I sincerely hope I'll be able to get off once I'm done this diet!

LOL, was bad tonight. Only restaurant in town aside from fast good places was a great Mexican restaurant, and the food (mole chicken with salad -- instead of beans and rice -- was excellent. So good that, well, I had to ask about the soparillos ... which were blissfully, impossibly, delectably utterly decadent and I really must NOT do this again for the next six months. It's obviously going to be something of a challenge to stick with the program while on the road but this was the first really bad thing I've done. I guess once in nearly two months isn't horrible.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 27th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

no need to feel quilty, sweetie!!

sometimes on a trip like that - you need that boost. Plus, you'd be surprised the calories you'll burn under the stress (even when you don't actually feel it, it's there) of the long drive. :) Don't worry.
ninja007 From: ninja007 Date: May 27th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! You really lucked out. My physician and I called it quits...before I had him murdered. He was arrogant, insulting and a dick. I had to go through the phone book and find a new one that would take me with medicare and my insurance. Harder than it sounds. I finally found one that understood about my history as a martial artist and homeopathic beliefs. She was amazing and I love her. Such a difference from the last one. She asked about him and I told her "we had a personality conflict".
alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 27th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

yeah, that's how I've always found male

physicians - but lately, women too. What is it about our gender lately? Best not get onto that subject, I'm typing one handed plus my good blood pressure will shoot up! LOL!
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: May 27th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Now that doctor sounds like one worth having!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 27th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

yup!

maybe @ last, a good dr. & who knew it would be a guy? LOL!
sallye From: sallye Date: May 27th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Excellent news! I hope he continues to do good by you

alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 27th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

me too!

how r u, btw?
sallye From: sallye Date: May 28th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: me too!

I'm doing ok. I'm trying to keep my mom from wearing herself out, while she watches the man she's been married to for almost 70 years waste away. I honestly think he's given up. It's very hard to see my dad like this, and I know it's tearing her up. I'll be staying with her until she kicks my butt out.
cluesby4 From: cluesby4 Date: May 28th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a keeper, aly. I wouldn't think anything about the medication samples. My parents' doctor does that all the time. It's helpful when waiting for the prescription to be approved or filled. And he gave me samples once for acid reflex to see if it would help, which it did, then was willing to pay for the medication. They even had Ensure samples when dad's appetite started to fail. It's a 'gift horse'.

alyburns From: alyburns Date: June 1st, 2011 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks!

I suspected as much, especially with a clinic, right?
nialla42 From: nialla42 Date: May 31st, 2011 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like your veins are very similar to what my mother and I deal with. She's worse that I am, and the nurses at our doctor's office joke that they get twitchy when they see her name on the appointment list for a blood draw. With me, I have what I call "my one working vein" they can usually hit. Usually.

I wouldn't worry too much about the medical waste left out. Some clinic staff get out ASAP so you can get out quickly too, with someone going in after you leave for the cleanup.

Both my general physician and neurologist are really good about giving samples. It's usually because I only need something for a short period, so they give me enough for a few days.

Last week, the neurologist gave me enough Cymbalta samples for a month, along with a discount card for a free month. She said it's a drug that usually takes a month or more to feel the full effect, so this will be a no (financial) risk trial. We'll have to compare notes. ;)

My mother's diabetic, as well as my father's sister and his late mother, so the doctors have been looking at me like I'm a diabetic time bomb for years.

The ironic thing is my aunt is skinny as a rail and always has been, but her diabetes has been so bad she's been hospitalized multiple times. Doctors just sort of ignore the skinny diabetics, and they often have the more extreme symptoms.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: June 1st, 2011 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, I look forward to comparing notes

on Cymbalta. I actually started it for real yesterday as my psychiatrist wanted me on for two weeks before our next appointment because she may want to me increase the dosage based on what happens.

Keep me posted and I'll do likewise. I'm taking a total of 60mg (1 30mg in the am/1 in the pm)
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