Hello one and all,
Goodness it's been a long week unable to get on here, didn't realise quite how comforting I found this site until I couldn't access it!
Anyhoo, quick update, meeting with boss last Tuesday resulted in the fact they are offering me medical retirement. Apparently that means I will continue to receive the equivalent to 60% of my wages until age 65 but that I will be paid by their insurers and not my employer and my contract with them will cease. I have until October to decide, but at the moment can't think straight. If I refuse, my sick pay will end anyway in October so then if I am not well enough to go back I will have no money. Feel a bit painted into a corner here!
Today I had my long awaited (8 months) ultrasound scan on my hands. Quite painful but the good news, despite my right hand little finger heading east, is there is no sign of joint damage. But the downside to that is I am still no nearer to a diagnosis
Official line from the Rheumatology department now is that the Rheumatologist did not pack his bags and leave (as I had been told when they cancelled my last appointment with 3 hours notice) but that a 'speciality doctor' did a flit. Still don't understand why they blanket cancelled everybody's rheumatology appointments in that case, but the shock-waves have reached Tynwald (our parliament) now with several MHK's (MP's) demanding answers to the incredibly long waiting lists for rheumatology and orthopaedics and the fact that patients were given short notice of cancellations in a pretty unprofessional way. One patient had a message on his answerphone saying 'Your appointment tomorrow is cancelled as the doctor has upped and left' which is pretty much what they said to me on the phone too.
Really considering going to the UK for a Private diagnosis now, as I cannot see the situation at our rheumatology dept. improving anytime soon. Any suggestions for Private Consultants out there? I'm going to have to fund my own travel and accommodation even if I can get the works health plan to pay for the consultation..
Well that 'quick update' was a bit long in the end (sorry Summer)
Good to be back on here though!