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My Doctor FIRED me!


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mbcube Birth father died of HCM @ 49, I'm older than that now, Dx @ 48, 3 boys 22, 25, 29 all negative so far, pending future genetics Find out more about mbcube
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  • My Doctor FIRED me!

    I guess this was bound to happen. I could sense by his use of a fountain pen and pension for drab pink exam rooms that this was not a good match. That and the fact he never addressed some of my concerns (can we say water retention?). I had reservations my very first visit when I would mention a symptom and he would raise his hand as if to say - "not now". I do appreciate his helping me with my old insurance and getting my ICD installed with a clever little trick.

    But alas, it was not to last. Apparently, he does not like me questioning his authority (I did think monthly visits were a bit extreme) considering how well I've done since surgery 4 months ago (I bike 10 mile a day - 20 on weekends).

    His letter arrive via return receipt requested. He said it was "our lack of communication and my ability to follow direction". Frankly, I think he's found another patient. I've noticed he kept me waiting up to an 1/2 hour or more while he schmoozes with new patients - those presenting multiple issues with better insurance and a fat checkbook in their edemic swollen hands.

    So this is what freedom feel like? I kinda like it!
    Diagnosed @ 48
    Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
    Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
    AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
    After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
    Quietly going insane . . .

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    i fired my doctor ... my old cariologist more or less , just didnt know to do with me and my symptons just kept getting worse.. I finally, had to find my own dr. who specialist in hcm ... he would of just let me die if I didnt seek furter help.... I had a myomectomy in jan 02. 01 CCI and icd 11/06 CCI , 2nd Myomectomy Jan 02, 06 and I am now.
    completely uninsured cant get welfare/medicaid , However, I get medicare effective March 08 .. So. Thank goodness. Good luck finding a new one.
    God bless, hope u get a good one.


    • #3
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      Nice guy. Too bad you do not have a Mayo out there as you know they appreciate our questions. this guy is obviously insecure. In the long run you will be better off but start looking for a new one right away. Lisa may have a name for you too. Good luck.

      Diagnosed in 1977, Myectomy in 1981 @ Mayo Rochester
      ICD&Pacemaker 1996
      Heart transplant March 19, 2004 @ Mayo Rochester
      Mom of Kaye.


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        Wow. You lead a much more exciting life than I do, Marc!

        Myectomy on Feb. 5, 2007.


        • #5
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          Congrats. We've been fired. Mainly ours comes in the form of, well I've looked at this case and there is no more I can do. Bye.

          Sounds like you need someone new. You need the kind of doctors we like. The ones that say, "Soooooo, now that's a good question." and "No I am not sure I have seen that study, can you send me a link?"


          • #6
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            Geeze, I knew you were a troublemaker. I love the palm out hold the hand up routine, I use that to control my dogs! If they asked questions I'd fire them too!

            Good luck finding a human being.


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              thanks... I found somebody here ... this was befor.. you know. i had my surgeries.
              my best to you.. I go to the cleveland clinic..

              I see you had a heart transplant,, tell me how that is going ? do you have to take a lot of pills.. ??


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                I hear post-transplant requires 25 pills a day.


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                  mbcube... you should write a short story about this guy--it would be so funny and informative: Beware of pink rooms!


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                    Not to be a complete brat... but... I think his actions were unethical and if it were me I would report him to the state lic. board. You were a good advocate and did what was right for YOU and he walked away... that is really strange.

                    Time to find someone without an ego problem
                    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                    Currently not obstructed
                    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


                    • #11
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                      Well I agree you don't need this dr. you are better off finding someone else, I had one of those, he told my husband with me sitting there that the only thing wrong with me was, I was fat and if I lost weight it would cure me, I told him where he could go, I know losing weight would make me feel better but not cure me. I think I was someone he couldn't control, so he didn't want me as a patient , I think I'm better off now.

                      Diagnosed 2003
                      Myectomy 2-23-2004
                      Husband: Ken
                      Son: John diagnosed 2004
                      Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

                      Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9


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                        Amen, Lisa!!


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                          I think I used to work for this guy!!!! Not really, but I did work for a cardiologist who used to escort new patients out the back door if he didn't like them. Takes all kinds!

                          You are better off without this doctor, but, I agree with Lisa, report him!!



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                            Well, it goes both ways.

                            My son collapsed at college and ended up in the cariology unit at a small local hospital. The cardiologist they called in (since they didn't have one full time at the hospital) wanted to do an EP study, ablation, and install an ICD. I asked him to consult with our cardiologists at the Cleveland Clinic before doing anything. He ignored us for 24 hours and adopted a pompous attitude. When I found out he hadn't consulted Cleveland, I fired him on the spot, had my son discharged, and drove him 5 hours to the Cleveland Clinic. The CCF doctors did their usual superb job. We took a bit of a risk that might son might have problems during the trip, but I'd do it again if I had to.

                            I guess one of the things that my wife and I learned over time is that, to protect our kids, we as parents need to be intolerant of doctors with attitude problems or difficulties working with us or other doctors.

                            I learned later that other cardiologists at the small hospital felt we had done exactly the right thing.
                            Last edited by macbeth; 01-15-2009, 08:47 AM.


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                              I was fired by my last doctor. The only difference is that mine didn't bother to send me a letter. I just showed up for my next scheduled appointment and his secretary told me that I wouldn't be seen that day because I was no longer a patient there. Had to scramble to find a new one quickly because I was having a lot of problems at the time. It sucked. Hard.
                              "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."