Making a long, many year story short, my Ob-Gyn, the HEAD
of the department at the largest HMO in California (I'm sure
you know which one I'm talking about), decided I was going
through "perimenopause". The symptoms did jive but she
had a whole bunch of blood taken and tested to be sure.
The letter showing all the results is transcribed and she signs
it and sends it to me. Above her signature, she writes in her
own hand, "All numbers normal."
Hmmmm, I think. I wonder why certain numbers have an
asterisk and footnotes about how they are out of the
normal range. Oh, well, she's the doc. Her advice? Live
with it. I'll go through menopause soon. (This was over
seven years ago and I was only 43.)
Two months after receiving her letter I go to see my
internist for an unrelated problem. The first thing out of
his mouth is "So what are they doing about your thyroid
Anyway, turns out I have Graves Disease and the "normal
number" clearly showed it on that little letter. I was
asked by a third doctor to RETURN THE LETTER.
I'm okay now but wonder sometimes if I shouldn'd have
done what they were afraid I would do and sue her **s
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