Monday, July 22, 2013

A Good Doc

Well y'all I had some very positive news today!

I have been struggling at an epic level trying to get some more blog posts out lately. I don't know why they just don't come to me. I have a lot to say, but when it comes to spilling everything out on screen my backspace key reigns king, the lid gets closed on my laptop and another deep swing of disappointment finds its way down my throat. It's just a case of writers block, to be honest. Trying to put in words what is happening in my brain has been difficult.

(45 minute break to watch Orange is the New Black)

Anyway on to my good news.

I have spoken in the past about my struggles with connecting to a doctor. My endocrinologist leaves a bad taste in my mouth (I mean she even uses the term "difficult" and "brittle" to describe me.) And I have bounced between 5 GPs in 7 years since I left my fabulous, amazing, caring and wonderful doctor at the University medical centre.

Today I opened my last refill of Insulin and groaned. I had to go to the doctor. I called my regular GP (who I am neutral on. He isn't good or bad.) I was told he CLOSED HIS PRACTICE without warning.

So I was back at square one. I dutifully started googling and ratemd-ing new docs. I stumbled on my doctor from university. A feeling of comfort washed over me. To set this story right, she has the highest score possible on Rate MD. What I am saying is that I am not the only one who feels this way about her.

Here are a few excerpts from patient comments about her:

"I LOVE YOU. DANIELLE lewington is one of the most caring and knwlefgable doctors ive ever met. when i adressed her my concerns she asked me many questions to try and figure out what was wrong. She did proper procedures and took the extra mile to get a follow up on my blood tests, xrays, and to also make an appointment with another specialist to help me cope with my syndrome. this was all in 1 single appointment, and i am very pleased. i would definatley recomend her. THANKS DOC <3 "

"Excellent doctor. I was looking for a doctor after mine retired; and, as a patient of the same doctor for over 35 years, I was not going to be easily satisfied. However, I couldn't be happier with my choice. She is pleasant, thorough, interested in you as a person and makes you very confortable regardless of your concerns."

I called around and no doctors were taking patients that were not prenatal (and that's not me.) Finally I stumbled on Dr. Lewington's practice. I didn't even know she worked outside of the university, and here I was speaking to her secretary. Her secretary informed me Dr. Lewington was not taking on more patients, and I sighed and asked her who else may be taking new patients on. She proceeded to start to book me in with the incoming brand new GP. We chatted as she started clicking through her schedule and I casually mentioned how Dr. Lewington was my doctor in University and she was wonderful.

The secretary immediately perked up and informed me that the doctor was accepting all former SMU patients! She booked me in for the end of the month.

I wish I could convey what this means to me. 

Living with a chronic illness it means so much to have a medical team you can truly connect to. It's so important to trust your team enough to share all details of your health. I am actually looking forward to seeing her so much that I started making a list for her.

I am even getting my blood work done early tomorrow :)

Ill keep you posted!

  

19 comments:

  1. That's AWESOME! No new patients... but you're an oldie! Way to go!

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  2. A good doctor makes all the difference. I'm so exited for you! *high five*

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  3. Woo hoo! Always look for the loopholes -- or whatever it is that gets you in! I wonder if she still has your old records on file...

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    1. Well she is at a new practice part time at my old
      University...the receptionist said that she will get everything transferred.

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  4. I hope this doctor is a good fit for you!

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  5. Winning! So glad you've reconnected with someone you know and trust. Sounds like destiny to me.

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  6. That makes me so happy for you that you are able to get in to see her! That's awesome, I know how hard it is to deal with bad docs and it's such an unnecessary stress when we are already dealing with this dumb illness in the first place. Good luck!!!

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  7. That's great that you were able to get back to your old doc! I love my current endo and I can't imagine being with anyone else at this point. The thought of having to find a new one gives me hives!

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  8. What a happy post!
    I'm off to bed - smiling for you!

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  9. I am so happy for you! It's funny how something like that casual mention can change their tune. ;)

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  10. That's great! It's so hard finding a doctor that you click with.

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  11. I'm really glad you were able to get your favourite doc back! So many things don't work out that we definitely have to celebrate the ones that do.

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  12. Congrats for being able to get in with your former doc who is FANTASTIC to boot! I can't even begin to imagine how lost I'd be if my end's office closed, I know I got extremely lucky to have found such a great team. YAY & good luck with your appointment!

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  13. SO reassuring!! Best of luck!

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  14. That is AWESOME! I'm so happy for you! I wish I could have seen your face when she said that. Haha!

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  15. Good doctors make all the difference. Hope this one is awesome!

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  16. That is fabulous news!
    Drives me crazy that so much advice in the world is to "see your Dr." - sooooo many people don't have Drs.

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