When I asked the gyno office about my bone density test, I was told it was "good." huh?
The nurse assured me the results were good. Good for a human being or good for a sixty-nine-year-old woman.
Good for a sixty-nine-year-old woman, she told me. huh?
Can you give me a number and the scale?
We don't have that? Who does? I don't know. Why aren't you happy with "good?" I would be. That seems to be a good thing.
Is the next better "excellent?"
I don't know. I just cannot understand why you want more information.
Look, when the teacher puts an "A" on your paper, you want to know where the "A" is on the number scale. Is it between 90-- 100? Is it between 95 and 100?
Why do you need to know all that?
Well, if I get an A on a paper, I want to know exactly how I stand. Am in danger of slipping off into B territory and need to try harder, or am I a good solid 99 and doing well. I feel this way about the bone density test--might the next test be worse and I could do something immediately to keep from fall from good to whatever. I don't want to wait for several years to find I was very near to osteoporosis now.
So, she sent if to me. I read it and saw red. RED! The information on me states: previous smoker! There is no way a person could misunderstand "NO" never smoked, dipped or chawed. The tech for the bone density test asked me all the questions instead of allowing me to fill out the paper myself. Maybe she did it on her computer.
You know I made a call.
I called and asked to speak to my doctor's nurse because I had a question. Of course, I knew she would have to call me back. The receptionist asked me what question I wanted to ask. Mmmm, "none of your business."
Seriously, I did not want to discuss this with her. I have never had a receptionist ask me what I wanted to ask the nurse. Actually, I told the receptionist that it was several questions that probably I just needed to talk to the nurse.
Well, his nurse did not come to the phone. Probably weary of questions. The other nurse did not understand. I had to repeat it which made me testy. She said they would change the information. I asked for it to be mailed. She asked me why I needed a second document.
So I can make sure the information is corrected!
Things like this have happened to me more than once in my 50+ years of going to the doctor as an adult. I heard a doctor right outside the exam room talking into a phone which someone transcribed. I went flying out of the room and corrected the doctor. It is a good thing I had finished dressing. another time, I was given someone's prescription and got to the car before I realized it was not mine.
I suppose it is not important. She put down I was 5' 7" when I always say "five feet seven and a half inches." Okay, maybe the always leave off height for the bone density test.
The papers also say "no meds." That is puzzling.
The three page report is here, but I have no idea what lots of it means. Maybe I can find someone to explain it to me.
So, I still really don't know
Tell me about doctor mistakes in your records. My mistake in this record might not be life-threatening. But, the next time might!