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Today sucks

I'm weepy and short-tempered. I've been dealing with various idiots and various doctors' offices. I'm tired. I want it all to go away. I want someone to drink with tonight and that will make me laugh. Mainly because I don't want to drink alone.

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?



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Aug. 30th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Aug. 30th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)

Ignorance is bliis, isn't it?
Aug. 31st, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
Sorry I couldn't be there with you to drink. I hopped an earlier flight hoping to miss the hurricane/rain weather for the east coast.

You don't have to rush through this you know....can you take it just a bit slower or am I just daft?
Aug. 31st, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
The current plan spans a year or two. I just need to know whether to put the plan in place. Start researching options. Figure out when is best with work to do this, etc. Or find out I don't have to worry about it. One way or the other.
Aug. 31st, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
oh honey. BIG HUG. And hey! I'd have a drink for you but since I can't at the moment, you have one for me, ok?
Aug. 31st, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
I had one for you.

And one for Daddy Wes.

And a shot in honor of Baby Stitch.


Going to bed now.

Take care of that FETUS now, ya hear? :)
Aug. 31st, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
Sorry you've had such a crappy day. Wish I could slam a few drinks back with you!

Video games...ahhhh, what wonderful inventions. What EVER did our parents ever do without having them to entertain during their times in need? ;)

Will you be watching Auburn this weekend? I'll be at the beach, but I've already packed my "lucky" game shirt. Somehow I'll find a way to be parked in front of a tv, I promise.
Aug. 31st, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
I've been so out of it I don't even know who they are playing this weekend!!! (*whips out her TIVO remote to make sure it gets recorded*) I will definitely have to watch that. Hopefully it will cheer me up instead of depress me more :)

Oh, and what did our parents do? Back then, they could feel safe just throwing us out into the yard to play by ourselves.
Aug. 31st, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
Next time, make them DELIVER the test results.

Will you at least take the holiday weekend off?? Hopefully the hospital will close so you can't schedule any other reason to be at that horrible place.

And, hey, gotta love the telephone as well as video games, so you can drink and get paid for it!! But drinking on your own time is even better. Try to do some of that over the weekend. You'll feel like you went back in time for a day...... :)
Aug. 31st, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
I am going nowhere near a doctor this weekend, I hope.

I have an oncologist appointment today, and the appointment with the research oncologist tomorrow. Then I have the three day weekend to myself. Scott's been gone for the past two weeks, so I hope he can take over 'main parent' duties and let me veg.
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