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Tales of Finding my Voice, Part 4/1

Sunday, February 23, 2020

In December of 2019, during my visit with my Primary doctor, as he was listening to my heart, he looked concerned. He told me he did not know what exactly he was hearing, but her was referring me to a cardiologist.
I reminded him I did not want to see Dr V, to whom he had referred me those years ago.
He said he had two names for me, from the same practice as Dr. V, but not him.
I should have known then.
WHen I called for an appointment, I was told I would have to wait until March to see either of the doctors recommended. If I wanted to get in sooner I could see one of the other cardiologists. No thank you!
IN the meantime, I asked around to see if anyone I knew used those doctors. I heard a couple of good reports.
WHen I went to the appointment, the first red flag was trying to get them to call me Ruth. I also explained that my insurance will bounce back anything listing Mary, instead of Ruth.
WHen I was called back it was "Mary". Needless to say we were not off to a good start.
WHen the doctor came in, addressing me as Mary, I corrected him, and he made fun of me, using a mocking voice to say "seems like you do not know your own name"
He explained nothing. He sent me for an echocardiogram, saying I should have it done in the next week. He prescribed some medication, again no explanations.
As I checked out, They told me it would b a month before they had any echocardiogram appointments. I made the appointment.
WHen I got home I had a call from my prescription company saying they needed to talk to my doctor about my medications.
I immediately called the office. After pushing this number and being put on hold at that number, I was put through to an answering machine. I hung up and called back saying I needed to talk to someone immediately about my medication order. I was told I had to leave a message and someone would get back to me.
I left the message which stated within 48 hours someone would get back to me. It is one year later and I am still waiting for that call.
In the meantime,, I called my insurance company and straightened out the "Mary" issue with them. they have no one named Mary listed on our plan.
I will continue this saga on my next blog.
IN the meantime, I had an unknown heart issue which was stressing me out.
But I am worth the effort. I did not give up. I tried to maintain a positive attitude.
I hope you all have a blessed day.. ANd thanks for reading my blogs.
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    the things you have to go through are terrible. We have lots of people who go by their middle names and in fact my step daughter is one. AS long as that name appears on your birth certificate it should not matter the order you use it or even if you use the first one at all. What a hassle to have to go through
    40 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Sheesh! You are a living testament to the problems with our medical insurance/medical providers. Kudos to you for standing up for yourself.

    I hope you find the doctors you need and like and get the treatment that is required.
    Stay strong.
    40 days ago
    So many doctors can be such idiots simply because they went to med school and think they are so much smarter than everyone else. So sorry this has happened to you.....
    41 days ago
  • BEDA65
    Wow, was not expecting you to say you went back. I hate to hear you're dealing with medical issues. Prayers.
    41 days ago
    These doctors (?) should be reported to the AMA. Your insurance company should be able to give you a list of cardiac providers in your network. Maybe you can start with them. Primary doc sounds like he could use a course in patient manners as well. Hope all of this is settled now. emoticon emoticon
    41 days ago
    I’m so sorry if I had not had a similar experience with just medical practices in general I might not feel the frustration you have . Please call around to other practices or call the insurance company and ask for a list in your plan for cardiologist
    41 days ago
    That practice is horrible! I hope that your insurance will cover a different practice.
    41 days ago
    He said “seems like you do not know your own name.” My answer be “seems your staff didn’t inform you that I prefer to be called Ruth.”

    Stand your ground. Many people have personal name preferences that should be respected.
    41 days ago
    emoticon How rude.
    41 days ago
    emoticon Glad you worked this out.
    41 days ago
    That practice is unbelievably rude. I would never trust them to take care of me. emoticon
    41 days ago
    Ruth i cant wait to find out more of the story some doctors dont deserve our money or time
    41 days ago
    I love the way that you persevere no matter the circumstances and keep moving on.
    41 days ago
    Oh Ruthie that is so stressful
    41 days ago
    what awful healthcare journey glad you stand up for your self
    41 days ago
    Praying for your heart issues to HEAL. Your blogs do MY heart good! 🙏👍🎯✔
    41 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Sorry to hear about this story Mary... Only kidding, look forward to hearing more! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    41 days ago
    You need to put this in a book! Good lord.

    I, too, have had issues w/the Drs. not listening to me. I was told I had optic neuritis and needed to see a neuopthamologist. I went to a teaching university. The Dr. had interns in the room w/him. He proceeded to tell me I had MS. How wait a minute! He had mentioned the area of the eye that was inflammed (the optic nerve). That is NOT what gets inflammed w/MS. And to boot, I had no other symptoms of it (you have to meet criteria -- 13 of 21 symptoms). So, the interns were taught incorrect information and I was madder than a wet hen. I got on the phone w/ a physician friend @ Mayo Clinic and got in the next day. God bless him! The neuroopthamologist said I did NOT have MS. He told me the problem, game me medication (which worked) and that was that. If I hadn't listened to my gut and pursued further, it could have been more of a nightmare. I feel your pain!
    41 days ago
    Oh so sorry to hear this! What a horrible medical practice that is. I too have experienced bad physicians and dentists too. Keep looking until you find the right one.
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