Re: [MOL] A hand that needs holding [13166] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] A hand that needs holding



Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns and diplomacy doesn't
always work. Keep up the spirit and the fight. I hope you get the answers
you are hoping for.
Christine

At 03:26 PM 27/07/98 -0700, you wrote:
>I just bit the bullet and sent an email to my oncologist at Indiana
>University regarding the issues I have concerning follow-up.  I don't think
>we are doing all we can in my case.    I tried to put it professionally,
>but non-confrontationally,  I am particularly interested in some
>post-surgical treatment to address any residual systemic disease, follow-up
>by cat or pet scan instead of xray, and a plan to address a reoccurrence
>should one occur.    
>
>I read my file at my local oncologist's office last week.  I was surprised
>to find letters going between 6 or 7 different Drs. (most by cc),  They
>copied  a cousin who is an oncologist, my pulminologist, my internist, my
>local oncologist, and other members of my medical team.  The only person
>not copied on the letters was me!!  In the letters, they write things like
>"her prognosis is guarded at best" blah, blah, blah.  This is contrary to
>the sunny face they put on for me.  I want Doctors who think I am going to
>get well!!!   Damn the lawyers of the world who make them take hope out of
>their files.  (I confess that I am a lawyer, so I guess I can say that damn
>my brethren if I want)  
>
>
>Please pray for me, that I get an answer with some options, that my Dr.,
>Dr. Einhorn, is receptive to my letter.
>
>Thanks for letting me share.
>
>Tracy
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