21 Jun 2012 : Change of Oncologist

So Tuesday was the last of the pre chemo tests. For my heart and some more blood work. Now as you know I was seeing Dr M at Mt Elizabeth. The nurses his clinic are rather bimbo- ish. I hate using that word , but its really true.

Now I have difficult veins, but its not impossible to do it right. I can only use my right arm to draw blood due to the recent surgery on the left. After spending about 7 mins to explain this to the nurse, and she checked with the doc, we started drawing blood on the right arm. She ties the strip , makes me flex it etc, and pokes the needle and starts looking for the vein. Thats right, she pokes the needle , and THEN looks for the vein.

And then she tries to move the needle arond to get to the vein or any thing, cause not enough blood is coming out at this point. I dont know if you have had anyone stick a needle in your arm and rotate it , but I can assure you it is very very painful. After 3 minutes of this unsuccessfully rotating it arond, I told her to take it out and try again.

So this time she tries the hand, instead of my arm. She tries one with the same actions as above. Yes, the same. This time she hits two different veins , and blood starts trickling out. By this time a couple more nurses are there, and are taking turns with this swiveling about. They poke one, and then another, and then back to the first one.. and so on. I bit my lip and bore it mostly to get it over with. I am not a medical person, But I am certain as hell that THAT is NOT the way blood should be drawn.

I now have a big swelling on my right hand. The worst part is that when the results came they were abnormal, so I need to redo this. And then clinic wanted to charge me for this, like it was my mistake!!!! WTF!!!!

So I asked them to stuff it, and have to find a diffrent onco. Its not just about the money, but the fact that these “nurses” will be administering the chemo. They cant even draw blood right, which I believe is the first thing they teach you in nurse school.

So this means I have to delay my chemo by a week, while I find a different onco. Oh well , could be worse.

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