Here was the worst one today:
- I called the hospital (medical records) to find out what I needed to do in order to get a copy of my latest mammogram. The girl stated that I could just come by, fill out a request, and they could print them out for me. It would take about 30-45 minutes. I asked what would be the best time, and before noon was the answer.
- I went in at 11 am today, filled out the paperwork, and she called in for them to make the prints. I sat for 30 minutes in their office, then the phone rang and the person said the printer wasn't turned on. They JUST went to turn it on, and that it takes 30-45 minutes to warm up before they could print. Could I come back in 45 minutes to pick them up?
- I needed to pick up some other lap results from another doctor about 15 minutes away, so I drove over to get that. I got back to the hospital a little less than an hour later. The medical records girl called radiology, and they said it wasn't done warming up, but to wait 15 minutes. Then they called back and said something was wrong with the machine and they needed to look at it. Come back in 2 hours and we'll have them sitting at the information desk for you.
- I came back 2 1/2 hours later, on my way to pick up the kids from school, and the front desk knew NOTHING. They called, and said it would take 10 minutes to finish the print. I wait for 10 minutes, which puts me at 5 minutes before the kids get out of school, and then some woman comes up to the front. Empty handed. She said some guy scrubbing the floors broke the machine last night and they are working on it. I about hit the ROOF. I asked when they would have them to me. She said they would call as soon as they were done being printed and she would personally walk them out to me.
- She called a little while ago and and said they were ready, so I drove out to the hospital for the FOURTH time and finally got my films.
I've been teary all day anyway (and have already started drinking), sent the kids off to play video games and leave me alone, and then am trying to wrap up my last hour and a half of conference calls.
Tomorrow is an appointment with my current oncologist. Friday is an appointment with the breast cancer researcher and oncologist at UT Southwestern, who had to drop me from possibly being in a Tamoxifen clinical study because I am BRCA2+ but was so intrigued by the fact that my variant has only been found in 13 families that he wants to do tests on me and help me come up with a plan for treatment/prevention.
Can I go back in time and not do genetic testing so I could go along blissfully ignorant until I got breast cancer, and deal with it then?