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Old 01-18-2012, 21:47   #1
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Recently I called Medtronic to place my infusion set and my test strip order. I have already received my infusion sets but not the test strips. So I called Medtronic to ask about the status of my order. The person I spoke with said that 'they' were waiting on chart notes from my doctor. This afternoon a veteran RN from my doctor's office called to ask "why do you test 10-15 times a day when Medicare clearly says you only need to test 3 times a day since you are on insulin"? She added "I've been a nurse for 35 years and never heard of anyone testing that many times a day".

She also said that because there are no indications of DKA (which I've never had) or other serious complications in my chart - that there is no need for me to have a pump either. I've had a pump for over 5 years and now she is going to make sure I get it taken away from me just because I'm trying hard to stay complication free? I'm scared.

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Sounds like you need to talk quickly to your doctor! Today if possible...

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Echoing Pat ...

Yes, please talk directly to your doctor ASAP!

This ... shtuff ... makes me furious.

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The same nurse I spoke to this afternoon is also the "gatekeeper" for the Doctor. One time when I was certain I had cellulitis, I called the GP office and asked if the nurse would consult with the doctor and get back to me. She huffily said "If you think we have time for silly questions like that, you're wrong". This 'Nursie Nightshade' has too much power. She would NOT allow me to talk to the doctor...period.

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Wow ...

There are names for people like this.

Is there any way you can change your doc? I know it's a hassle (at best), but if the gate is that strong ...

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Is there any way you can change your doc? I know it's a hassle (at best), but if the gate is that strong ...
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Not only talk to your doc but be sure you explain the rudeness of his nurse.

You can always play the game, a few phone calls now and then concerning highs or lows may change nurse Rachet's mind.

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I just feel sick

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Is there a chief of staff or anyone over the doc's head that you can go to? Then go to the county medical society or anyone who might have leverage. You are type 1, you've had severe illnesses/complications that have left you with permanent issues, and you need to be heard fully and at length. File an official complaint if you need to.

She is not only rude, she is dangerous.




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I couldn't get past the nurse one time and ended up exagerating a complaint to get an appointment with the doc. If not for my own agenda, I wouldn't have bothered seeing the doc for it.

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