In June, my Neurologist whom I am extremely pleased with, sent me to the hospital he works out of for an MRA. It was extremely stressful due to the lab tech getting upset with me because I didn’t know exactly how many MRAs I’ve had over the last seven years, didn’t have a card that showed I was MRA compatible, didn’t know the strength. Frequency or type of MRA machine WFBH uses and hadn’t had an MRA for the radiologist to compare with.
The male kept throwing questions at me while I was still trying to answer his first one. I finally got into my portal from WFBH and was trying to count them all. I got frustrated and said here, you count them. He asked me something and as I was trying to answer, he held his finger up as he had gotten the Radiologist I presume on the phone. He asked the location of my aneurysm and the type. I said LICA bifurcation 5 mm multilobed ruptured, coiled 3x last with balloon assist. Had to explain LICA meant left internal carotid artery. He said the carotid was here and pointed to his neck. Really??? I explained it was in the brain this the Internal. The more questions he fired at me the worse my speech and tremor became. Luckily, a very nice woman came in and explained that coils were all changed to MRA compatible sometime in the ‘90’s and people after the change didn’t need a card. She got everything under control and I literally wanted to hug her. The set up was much different than I’m used to and I got to listen to music of my choice sort of. I wanted to listen to the Blues but he didn’t know what the Blues were and hadn’t heard of the few people I could name in the moment so I went to my old standby 60’s and 70’s.
A few days later and the reading was in my portal. I couldn’t believe what I saw. A few days after that I had my televisit with my fantastic Neurologist. I ranted about the experience of course, then asked him why the radiologist made no mention of my aneurysm. I said something to the effect that even I could see the white blob on my scans, why couldn’t the radiologist? Dr. R said “Good question, I’ve put in a call to talk about just that.”
I’ve been having spinal issues and Dr. R wanted me to get an MRI. Initially I agreed to have it done at his facility and then called and said no, please do it at WFBH. The anxiety it created was a bit much. Dr. R ordered all three sections. I signed a release for him to receive images and readings. He was excited to get both as he never receives the images. He ordered a nerve conduction study and EMG to be done by a colleague at another facility. These results were sent to my Neurosurgeon.
Now skip to September. My MRA reading from the one hospital has now changed three times and the “final” won’t be in until OCTOBER 4! The Nitwit Radiologist appears to have plagiarized from the WFBH MRAs. But he threw me a curveball that for someone reason really upset me yesterday. Nitwit says the neck of my aneurysm has opened to 3.3 mm x 4.2 mm! I requested that my images and results be sent to my Neurosurgeon last Wednesday. Yesterday I asked Dr.Q-W’s PA if she received them, nope. So I was on the phone on hold for about twenty minutes trying to get through to medical records that the portal says I need to go through. I finally hung up and called my Neurologist, spoke to the nurse who sent them, only to find out she only faxed the readings. I went off and used curse words in describing the Nitwit that definitely would have caused my Mother to whip me. She stayed calm through my tirade and suggested I call the hospital, ask for radiology and get a copy of the scan.
I did just that. Was on hold for 15 minutes before they answered, but the radiology department doesn’t have a secretary. I can get my copy today from 8-5 the tech said. We decided to take the drive to WFBH and hand deliver it on Friday. Before I get my copy, I need to go next door from the hospital and apologize for my cursing as the nurse definitely shouldn’t have had to deal with that. I have no excuses nor reasons. I’m more upset with myself than I can imagine, it is just not like me. Has anyone else just gone off the deep end?