Martin D. Goodkin


Martin D. Goodkin
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Health & Fitness > My Annual Doctor's Rant!!

My Annual Doctor's Rant!!

I believe I told you that on June 1 I went to Broward Hospital for am MRI and they 'lost' my denture and bridge---okay, the hospital agreed to take care of all the expenses for the replacements--briefly since mid-June I have been going to the dentist at least 3-4 times a month to have the new bridge adjusted and still doesn't fit right--I can't eat in public with them--today I had another appointment, another adjustment plus I now was getting an infection on my gums--I decided to discuss with the dentist starting from scratch with a new bridge model and he beat me to it saying they would take a new impression of my bottom teeth and go from there--then came up I would have to pay the difference between the one they made and the new one--I counted to 50 before I said anything--he said he would talk to their accountant and get back to me and I very, nicely, said it was their mistake and asked why should I be paying anything and, aside from that it is they who should be talking to the hospital about any more charges--right now who pays is on hold as he waits to get the new material for the new bridge BUT that is nothing!!

In 2008 I had a pig aorta valve replacement--it has, generally, a 10 year life span--last November I told my new cardiologist (that's a whole other story) that I was concerned about the valve and was thinking maybe it was time to do something about it--long story short--since we discussed that I have seen the cardiologist maybe a total of 3-4 times for not even a total of 60 minutes plus I was introduced to another cardiologist in the office who I met twice, once when I was sedated for and/or after a test at the hospital--this is when a doctor I have never seen said I need a pacemaker on June 9th!! Next I heard I had to see a neurologist and no one in the cardiologists office knew why but I was set up for one in January 2022!!!!! 2 weeks ago I got a call from the heart doctor's nurse practitioner telling me that she would get everything straightened out and that she was able to get me an appointment with a neurologist at Broward Hospital for September 14th and she would get back to me.

Keep in mind I was the only one who said anything about a valve replacement (heck I won't go into the new cardiologist taking me off warfarin blood thinner that I had been on for 21 years with only ONE problem over 10 years ago and putting me on 3 blood thinners causing me to bleed profusely twice in the past month) and then I came home this afternoon and opened this letter--no discussion about it--no talking about scheduling it--getting the letter on the start of a long holiday weekend--no instructions about preparation---nada, nothing, nil.

And as I read the letter I could feel my blood pressure going up and then I talked to myself, decided to rant and rave and now I am calm, cool and collected but still don't know what is happening! LOL

posted on Sept 4, 2021 9:28 AM ()


I feel your pain, Martin. Getting old is hell to manage.
comment by elderjane on Sept 5, 2021 3:39 AM ()

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