November 30, 2006 § 9 Comments
My medical group is pretty cool. They use a web interface for making appointments, requesting referrals and filling prescriptions. To access my personal medical records I just plug in my password and log on.
That’s how I came upon on my preliminary lab results earlier this month. Unfortunately it was before the definitive biopsy was in, so I was left deciphering ominous codes and guessing at meanings on my own.
A few clicks on-line and I learned that BI-RADS 5 at the end of a report is very bad news indeed. That helped explain why the radiologist said she was “deeply concerned”.
Weeks later and I am on and off this info rich site daily prompted by emails that point me to log on and retrieve a new message. I don’t have high hopes for these messages. They’re often appointment reminders and I have many appointments to be reminded of.
Appointment reminder for Monday 12/4/2006
8:30am Appointment with CHAIR 22.
First, this doesn’t sound fun. Second, this doesn’t sound human.
In the meantime, today’s appointment was with an honest to goodness live person, the affable Abram Recht – Radiation Oncologist. It’s not easy to find his group. They’re hidden in the basement; a dandy place to hide the Radiation. This visit was mostly a meet and greet with a brief exam thrown in. Nothing more than happy heads up about what to expect, 6-8-10 months down the road after chemotherapy and surgery.
It’s starting to feel a bit surreal again.
For the record, radiation is nothing like chemo. No nausea, or hair loss. Maybe some fatigue but not the huge chemo exhaustion. Good news there. On the other hand, I am told that you might get a rash, a burn, some discoloration, and if it’s on your left side (which it is in my case) there is a very small chance of damage to the heart and in the most rare of instances, a risk of cancer.
This does not make sense to me.
Nor does an appointment with a chair.
Another thing that does not make sense to me, but nonetheless delights me is that I am especially photogenic this month so I am smiling.