Stand by I am Going to have a RANT !!!
( Most of you know the problem I am having with my GP to get a referral to a specialist. I had a chest x ray last week and I have an enlarged heart and my BP has been high since Christmas. My recent spirometer test showed all my readings are down on last year )
Today the senior practice GP called me...Here we go...
GP. hello , why do you want a referral.
Me. To find out exactly what is causing my copd.
GP. I've told you...you have emphysema.
Me. How do you know.
GP, Because you used to smoke.
Me. That's two very sweeping statements you have made there...Can I have a referral for a second opinion from a specialist !!
GP. You don't need one as you are being managed in house, and you haven't got any worse, and you have not had any exacerbations.
Me. Yes I have.. and... Yes I have.
Me. I have had 4 since Christmas, as you can see in my notes..4 Lots of antibiotics and four lots of steroids.
GP Well that's about what I would expect with your condition
Me. I have also been about my high blood pressure monthly, each time you have upped my meds and I am now on eight times the dose that used to keep it under control and it's still high,
and after the chest x-ray that I requested last week, I have an enlarged heart.
GP. We are doing an ultra sound on that at the surgery.
Me. As the heart and lungs work together I would like to see a specialist, can you give me a referral !!
GP. Can you come into the surgery next week and see me.
Me. Of course I will doctor...Then will you give me a referral !!.
Oh I do feel better getting that lot off my chest. I am now laughing about how ridiculous it was....If I hadn't heard it with my own ears I would never have believed it.
If you have ploughed your way through this lot, many thanks
Ranting Velvet xx