Too bad we need them to keep us alive!!
When I first met this cardiologist 2 months ago--he replaced my previous cardiologist--he changed a medicine that I have been taking for 20 that did its job (1 pill a day) for a new one 2 pills a day plus aspirin--without any explanations but I didn't get into that as in his next breath he sort of berated me for not telling him that my aorta valve had been in my heart 13 years (though he had my charts right in front of him and the new medicine had to do with that!)--3 years past expiration date!
On top of that he said he couldn't do anything about the valve until he found out if I had lung or brain cancer (I DON'T) based on a report from my lung doctor!!! And I did not see him for the next 2 months though I was supposed to have an appointment with him next Wednesday which he cancelled and made for today--after 2 and 1/2 hours waiting in the small room I was ready to walk BUT I was more concerned about my lack of energy and tough breathing so I stayed BUT I did let him know I was pissed and he used the old "emergency' excuses and people waiting too long before doing something--I (Bette Davis couldn't have done better! LOL) said venomously "Well I am 85--how much longer did I have to wait?" and he responded his father was 95--I responded, "I hope you don't aggravate him like you do your patients!" And then we got down to business.
He said he will speak to his partner and they will set up a day for me to go into the hospital which would be an overnight stay to have the aorta valve fixed going through my thigh instead of the chest as done previously and that I will need someone to stay with me that evening I come home--he was ready to set it up for Monday but I explained I need time to arrange a trip to and from the hospital plus get referrals from my primary doctor and arrange for someone to stay with me so that's where it stands now while I don't get back to my lung doctor and "Nocardiosis" (which even the heart doc said could last 6 months to a year and longer) until May 17---and I learn more about the do's and don'ts with that---before 'work' can be done on my lungs!
On the bright side I got my smile back!!