So, here in the US we must meet with NP or dr before start of each chemo cycle. My weekly schedules had been on Fridays. As many of you saw, my chemo last Friday was called off due to low blood counts in a few areas. I have had a rough week physically so was beginning to think a week off would be good for me. First thing this am, I get a call from the same np stating that my oncologist is not okay with missing a week and I will begin my second cycle tomorrow (tuesday) instead of Friday. And moving forward will be on a Wed vs Friday cycle. I am assuming the nurse practitioner paged my dr last friday and never got a response so had to make the decision based on my below threshold numbers. My family is frustrated given their schedules had been cleared on Fridays and wanted to be sure my dr was aware last Friday's chemo was pulled- and now BAM I am on a wed cycle and they are already scrambling to see who can take me next week. Anyone? Anyone?
What infurriates me is that this is not the first time my oncologist was not responsive when paged. (Last time an ER dr was paging her for hours and she did not ever reply- while I was in ER!) I'm really torn- i'm told she is the best, but have not been happy with her responsiveness or ability for me to forge any kind of bond with her (her support team is wonderful and always accessible- but my oncologist overrides their decisions on occasion ). She has been known to roll her eyes at some of my questions and has made light of some of my concerns. And I am guessing she isn't overly forthcoming with info given my high anxiety levels. That said, I have no reason to distrust her medical decisions. Have any of you changed oncologists mid-way through treatment by choice simply because you didn't care for your dr on a personal level? I have been told people travel far to see her and that she is a very well regarded gynocological oncologist/surgeon. But, I would prefer to have a Dr that develops a relationship with me and that is always looking out for me (side effects, advise etc..) But I am also concerned I could switch and be in same situation or worse. Thoughts?