Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Visiting with the Urologist/RPA

NO, I would NOT "make an appointment for MORE tests," especially at the Associates in Elmira. The RPA said she would schedule right there in Corning. I declined again, telling her that my bad experiences and that of my family made me chary of any further tests.

She fairly sputtered: they couldn't okay anything without tests. Later, she backpedaled a tad, saying that she may have been part of the Associates when we had those problems. Immaterial detail to me; every office has good cases and bad cases. MS almost always makes me a difficult patient.

She repeatedly insisted she wanted only to help. But further tests that would be scheduled way in the future would not help me now. I could find the equipment on my own, if necessary. The GPA gave me a long, patient explanation of the procedure. I told her I already knew; it had been recommended to me 10 years ago. She wanted to know by whom: after the Associates tested me, they told my neurologist that there was nothing to be done for me. Furious, he promised we would try various drugs until one worked. He also suggested a catheter. GPA left the room.

When she returned she gave me a prescription for antibiotics; I have a UTI. No surprise; I always do. The nurse and I made the lesson short and sweet and I returned home.

It's going to be a long haul on this one.

On the one hand, I already last a lot longer between toilet trips. On the other hand, that could simply be the antibiotics. OR the Oxytrol patch for incotinence.

One more log to keep on my condition; no wonder blogging it all comes naturally.



mdmhvonpa said...

What? You were not a servile, submissive little patient. Hmmm, odd, I did not think the ill had rights or emotions. You know, like elephants, MS patients are made of rubber - no feelings. ;)

pb said...

Tuesday I will catch up with the Neuro. I was surprised to find a phone message from her.

I wonder if the urologist told tales out of school?