30 Apr

I am beginning to think I have a thyroid doctor curse.

On April 2, I had my blood drawn by a new holistic doctor, with the goal of obtaining a compounded thyroid medication. I was encouraged by this appointment…the doctor was super knowledgeable and talked about the possibility of thyroid antibodies causing my symptoms, gluten intolerance, or the need for a different mix of T3/T4 or Synthroid combined with dessicated thyroid. I was SO excited that I was going to have a chance to get a mixture of hormone that was exactly right for me, so I gladly shelled out the CASH UP FRONT for a myriad of tests.

They drew 10 vials of blood. I passed out cold and was awakened by smelling salts. But that’s beside the point…

One week went by. I tried to schedule a follow-up appointment, but the receptionist insisted I had to wait until they had my results.

Another week went by. I started to panic.

The doctor is pregnant…when is she due again? Why won’t they schedule me? Is the receptionist just being lazy? What is going on?

I called the medical assistant. Again, I was told to wait. But I don’t wait very well. So I called back and scheduled a follow-up without explaining who I was, just to get on the doctor’s calendar. When was the soonest available appointment? April 30.

Whew. Good thing I forced my way onto that calendar. The doctor is due to have her baby in mid-May. April 30 isn’t that far away…I could feel normal just in time for summer!

Anyone want to take a guess as to when the doctor had her baby?? TODAY. April 30. And instead of taking the time to write up recommendations for me, I GET NOTHING. My appointment is simply CANCELLED.  I have to wait until the medical assistant talks to the doctor sometime next week to see if I can even have my own blood results. Really??  If I went on maternity leave with that amount of preparation, I am pretty sure they would fire me.

I think I am going to go to medical school just so I can get myself some decent treatment. Why not? It will probably take me just as long to find a doctor who cares.


5 Responses to “Cursed”

  1. abanana920 April 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    If you do let me know, I’ll be your patient!!!

  2. Anna April 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Wow Sarah, that’s crazy. There are some good holistic doctors here in metro Detroit if you need a new one! Did she think you were gluten intolerant because of the thyroid thing? My stomach has been crazy so I’m thing gluten free…I’m already dairy free…good luck!

    • sarahyoung1119 April 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      She is a good doctor, I think…just doesn’t share my sense of urgency! If they expect me to wait until she comes back for treatment, I am absolutely doctor shopping with my test results. She thought it might be gluten because of my low energy and hair loss. I actually demanded my gluten result (it was the only one they would give me) and it was negative (thank GOD!). I avoid white flour but I have been cheating here and there. I hope I don’t have to go dairy free. I would really miss cheese!

      • MardiGras Michelle June 16, 2012 at 12:18 am #

        sara i really love your posts and can relate to every one but this one really hits the nail on the head….it took me 8 weeks to get my ultrasound and tsh labs recently as well as have been refused a simple tg blood test from the clinic:) thank you for letting me know i am not alone in this struggle!!!!

      • sarahyoung1119 June 16, 2012 at 12:33 am #

        Thank you! Sadly, it seems we thyroid cancer survivors are all in the same frustrating boat. I have an appointment with another holistic doctor on Tuesday. It took 6 weeks, 3 written requests and 7 phone calls to get the doctor’s office to send these original results to the new doctor. And I paid $2500 in cash to have them done in the first place. The doctor claims to be all about “patient care.” Ha. Shameful and disgusting.

        I hope we both find the help we need soon! Keep fighting!

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