February 29, 2012

Aging in America

I'm really pissed off. In general, that's not my natural state these days. I'm pleasantly mellow. Most people don't even recognize me. But what's with the whole "I'm a specialist, I won't talk to another specialist who treats your mother" schtick? Doctors of the universe: this ain't winning you friend among the foilfriendly. Call other doctors who treat your patient. Talk to them. Come up with a plan of attack on ailments that is coordinated. Don't make your elderly patient or her increasingly annoyed daughter run interference for you, communicate for you, and do your fucking job. If your treatment, for example, gives my mother other ailments own up, man up, and work on fixing those other ailments as well as the original ailment that treatment of which caused the secondary ailments.

Specifically: Hematologists, you know that Hydroxyurea is used to treat essential thrombocytosis and other ailments involving excessive platelet prodcutions. You also know (since it's all over the Internet as a side effect) that long-term Hydroxyurea use can cause unhealable skin ulcers, especially on the ankle (which hurt like a sonofabitch). Unhealable skin ulcers are not a good thing. So get on the fucking phone with the wound care specialists and come up with a workable plan of treatment for painful skin ulcers. Thank you.

3 comments:

Joesbackyard said...

For what ever reason Physicians seem the think that once a patient come's through there door any and all other care is non existent. It seems the term coordination doe's not exists in their vocabulary. It would make more sense that in this day of electronic records that everything could be and should be readily available to review and thus coordinate. Opps...there's that word again...

Gia said...

Ugh. I so agree. Doctors' egos are a big problem.

Foilwoman said...

Thanks, both of you.

Coordination and communication are the issues I worry about. Egos, yeah, they have them. Notify the Washington Post. If they could be egotistical and still communicate, I'd stop my sobbing, but presumably that's part of the problem.