OMG, I got an Email.
Many thanks to Becki @ http://warmanddry.wordpress.com for sending me this pill box picture because that’s how I feel right about now.
I don’t understand the Canadian Medical System. Back around 1994, email first came out nationwide. I know this because I was in my second year of University and we were all required to get an email and at that time, we were like What is That?
So with that said, I don’t understand why 18 years later in this land of technology, why Doctors are still faxing things and calling, and requiring you to make an appointment to get results. About 2 years ago, I had a Celiac Blood Test done by Dr. Cross Examiner. The results were never given to me, which means that it probably came out negative. A few months ago, I called Dr. Cross Examiner’s Idiot Receptionist and asked if she can fax a copy of my results to my LLMD.
Her: “Oh no, we can’t release your results unless that specialist asks for it.”
Me (thinking “ughhh”.) “Ok, I can come and pick them up because I am in the area.”
Her: “Oh, no, you can’t come in, Dr. Cross Examiner has to approve it, and he is not here right now and I can’t give it to you for your own protection.”
Me: “HUH? Um, ok, but I paid for this test, and it belongs to me. I don’t understand, I have my OHIP card which clearly shows my picture, my birthday, my name, my address and proves that whom I am is who I am.”
Her: “I’m sorry it’s for your own protection. I have to ask the Doctor before releasing a copy of the results.”
So basically what Idiot Receptionist is saying is that I can’t have my own records which I paid $80 for because OHIP didn’t cover it and she is doing me a favour by protecting me from my own information.
So, enter now the realm of my LLMD. Her philosophy is that anytime she gets results from anything, it gets IMMEDIATELY released to to the patient. No, not by telephone, not by fax, by EMAIL. Oh the horror!
So that little story really was to let you know that I got my second blood labs done. My LLMD said I have a decreased White Blood Cell (WBC) count. Last month it was 5.1. This month it is 3.5 which means that it is considered low/abnormal. White Blood Cells fight infection, so when it’s decreased, this means that if I am around someone who is sick with the cold or flu, I will be more susceptible in getting it. A decreased WBC could be the result of the antibiotics I am on. My LLMD said that I need to get another round of labs next week and if it continues to be low, that I might need to do the meds every other day. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. I guess it could be good, it means that I only get nauseous every other day. YAY. Looking forward to that.