Definitely Backwoods

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2011-10-20 18:38:59 -0500
Started 2011-10-16 06:18:27 -0500

I have punished myself & didn't even know it. I moved to a state & area that really seems to care less on patient health. I have a few health issues that I have been trying to find a doctor for (1 I can actually talk to). But there are none that are closer than 65 miles. Sorry I am venting at the moment I am tired & cranky & very fed up.

It has gotten bad enough where I think once in awhile on just giving up, but I keep going. I have contacted everyone I can think of that most would say would no avail. I am at wits end now, with no where to turn..Well enough whining Sorry.

21 replies

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-18 17:30:54 -0500 Report

Wow, that's tough. You are not whinning, you are venting, there is a difference! And you go gurl! We are here for you. I like Dr.Gary's idea about getting with a doc like at the university and having a local doc help you exucute whatever plan you come up with. Is that feasable? Well whatever route you go, we are here for you, vent away! God Bless, and keep the Faith!

kaiya2465 2011-10-18 20:20:06 -0500 Report

No, it's not feasable for me, but I sure wish it was…Thank you

AutoX 2011-10-20 18:33:54 -0500 Report

This discussion of the doctor not listening to you and maybe misdiagnosing things seems to happen often. My wife and I used to go to the same doctor. While he would talk to me and send me to a specialist anytime something unusual came up (I still go tho him), he would not talk to my wife, would not send her to a specialist and as a result misdiagnosed her and put her on medications for many years, that it turns out she didn't need. We do have insurance, and one of the things they do is call periodically to see how we are doing and ask questions. On one of my wife's "conditions", they asked if she had been tested. No, she had not, so they recommended a test. She called her new doctor, he set up the test and low and behold she did not suffer from the condition the first doctor had diagnosed. Luckily we live in a fairly large city, so there are lots of doctors here. Best of luck on finding a good doctor, one who will listen to you and confer with a specialist when something out of the ordinary (cold, flue, etc.) happens.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-17 15:15:11 -0500 Report

Hi kaiya,

I grew up in a similar kind of town, with very few options for speciialized care, and few good options for general care. Fortunately, we had a major university about 45 minutes away and, in high school, I ended up goiing there to see a doctor. My father did the same thing when he was diagnosed with cancer many years later.

I suspect you have already considered the university route, if there is even a medical school within drivable distance.

Have you checked to see if your local hospital has a physician referral service? You might also try to network with nurses. One thing I have learned is that one of the best ways to find a good doctor is to ask a nurse. They always know.

Hang in there. I can feel your pain. You are certainly not whining. Please keep us posted on your progress.


kaiya2465 2011-10-17 15:20:58 -0500 Report

Thanks Gary, I have ran out of options around here, maybe not all doctors around here are a sad subject. The university route is not an option, 8 hrs away. I have a neighbor that is a nurse, really a sweet lady, & even she had nothing good for here.. I'm a hang'in so far. (sigh)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-18 15:55:44 -0500 Report

Wow, so sorry. A lot of areas of the country are underserved. As another option to consider, you might at some point go to a specialist at a university, even if it means an overnight trip, for a diagnosis and treatment plan. You could then arrange for a local phsycian to administer it, with the specialist overseeing it. I have seen this work. Just an idea to keep in mind for the future.

kaiya2465 2011-10-18 16:08:01 -0500 Report

Oh My Heavens…I just talked with a health nurse> I am more confused now than I was before. She can't figure out why I am even diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes.

GabbyPA 2011-10-18 18:55:29 -0500 Report

Do you have a copy of your last labs? I always get a copy after I meet with the doctor. On that paper will be what normal ranges are, what your ranges are and if you are in range or not. That is your best way to find out why they might have diagnosed you. I find that if I try to just remember what the doctor said, I forget things. The copy of my lab work tells me what I need to know.

digitaldoorbell 2011-10-16 16:09:06 -0500 Report

You're not coming across as whiny. Even if you were, I suspect that everyone here has similar frustrations (for one reason or another). You just need to slow down to one or two things that you try to manage and it helps to stay connected…even if it's just virtually.

All the best.

kaiya2465 2011-10-16 16:23:35 -0500 Report

Thank you for letting me know that, appreciate it. I was trying not to but the more I re-read sure seemed that way.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-16 09:01:10 -0500 Report

I guess I am spoiled. The first doctor I went to in this area 7 years ago is still my doctor. He listens, advises, and tells me, at times, "Jim, I don't know, but I will find out and get back to you" and he does. If you are near WV, make an appointment and I will see you. I listen and am fairly good with plumbing, electrical, carpentry, pumps and values, which is all the body is, except for the soul and that I will take care of by praying for you/with you before I do any cutting! I have never lost a patient! Of course, once I get my first one I may not be able to claim that!

GabbyPA 2011-10-16 08:50:02 -0500 Report

I can relate. I live in a very small town and my trouble is that the doctors won't see me because I don't have insurance. Even if I come with cash to pay for my appointment, I cannot see them. I have finally had to go to a clinic. I am lucky, I found a doctor that listens pretty well. Not great, but better than any of the other ones I have tried.

Keep looking and sometimes it will take a while to build that relationships up that is workable. Don't give up.

kaiya2465 2011-10-16 08:58:06 -0500 Report

Thanks, I have a GP that half listens to me, but will not help with my apnea, nor this so-called Pre-diabtes, sorry a lil irked this mornin. The other bad thing on where I live is I even get told to get my service dog out of their establishments…
Can you say Pathetic..(sigh). It has been 3 yrs now, you'd think they would be used to her by now. Keep wishing I could afford to move, but that is not in the budget.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-16 09:16:35 -0500 Report

Do you have a paper or certificate that says she is a service dog? If so, I would just make a few copies and give one to them.

kaiya2465 2011-10-16 10:26:41 -0500 Report

No, & service dogs don't necessarily have to be certified. But I do have her service dog harness but she is still to small for it. I am waiting on her ID badge though. Also I have been talking with the Rocky Mountain Center for all the info I need, distribute it around town & still some people are wanting to stay ignorant.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-16 09:15:13 -0500 Report

I tell my PCP one of the best things he has ever done for me was having me tested for sleep apnea. I am on a cpap machine and, once i got use to it, I love it. If I lay down for a nap, it is on. I bring my non-service dog almost everywhere. She is a great dog. Occasionally someone will say, "You can't have that dog in here' I say, Really, do you see her collar? She can go anywhere humans can go" and I walk away. Her collar is green with 2 reflective bands running through it that I got at Target! Her name is Shadow and she has been with me at camp all weekend. With 150 kids here, she is in her glory.

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