Friday, October 26, 2007


So I am of the opinion that if anyone is going to put anything up my pudengo (thank you, Whoopi), I should (a) enjoy it; (b) get something out of it (like, you know, a baby); or (c) at least get the damned picture. Who is with me?

Right. So the stupid radiology place has the stupid policy to not show the patients the stupid screen, not to tell the patients what is on the stupid screen, and, in fact, not to tell patients a thing until the stupid doctor sends the stupid report to the requesting doctor. And, predictably, as of the close of business today, no report.


I am also vaguely unsettled tonight by a birth announcement. It came by email a couple of hours ago. It is the first one that is really hard. Maybe it's because this is the first baby I didn't know about prior to the birth, or maybe it's because if you do the math, it turns out this baby must've been conceived some time around the time of A's death. Next week is the ninth monthaversary, the first one to fall on the same days of the week and to have both the death and the birth dates. Halloween isn't really the best time for that to happen, but I guess it's just one more thing in which we don't get any choice.


meg said...

I have never heard of this pudengo expression. Gotta google that!

That's so annoying that you didn't get the report. And of course, it's Friday! I wish they would just say something--or just say it looks o.k.

And I'm sorry about the birth announcement. It's hard, I know.

Aurelia said...

Oh for chrissakes. That's ridiculous. I would've gone apeshit, oh never mind, I'm sure you did, but still.

Can you get your OB on the weekend at all? Do you have a pager number? An email?

Lori said...

I have to say, your title was hilariously appropriate. That is completely annoying, and ridiculous.

Some announcements and events are just harder than others. I'm sorry. You can imagine that Halloween isn't my favorite occasion anymore either. Although seeing Pumpkin in her doggie costume will surely be good for the soul. :)

niobe said...

What a strange and unfair policy. Because, let's face it, no matter what the doctors think, the information belongs to you, not to them. Probably they're just too lazy to have drafted or emailed the report yet. Not that that makes it better. In fact, it makes it worse.

Bon said...

ah, the unsettlement of dates and surprise, wounds creeping up on us.

and ah, the raging indignity of not even being able to see your own ultrasound screen! nothing - seriously - makes me more (medically) cranky than that. i'm sorry. i suppose weekend news is unlikely?

Magpie said...

I've come to the conclusion that the only time they let you look at the sono screen is when you're at the RE for daily monitoring. I've had to have a few pelvic sonos with no baby stuff going on - and they just don't let you see anything. So irritating.

And the last time, the tech asked if I wanted to put the wand in myself. Um, no, that's your job. The REs office never asked.

Sorry about the baby announcement.

charmedgirl said...

STUPID!! what is with people trying to keep our own medical information away from us? is it because they will have to spend a few additional minutes answering questions? or maybe then they won't be the wizard of oz?

it pisses me off that it pisses them off that we try to get information above and beyond what they have to say.

anyway, the birth announcement. most don't bother me, but there will be some pregnancy/birth/baby stuff that will bring us straight to that place. i'm sorry.

Caro said...

What a stupid policy.

Anonymous said...

I hope you get some good answers first thing Monday.

Amelie said...

In Germany I always had to ask (or fight) to get my medical documentation, so I was pretty surprised when I realized here that all those scans I get are mine, not theirs. It seems to be that way for both the public system and private patients.
About the birth announcement, I'm sorry. Some times are worse than others.

wannabe mom said...

so frustrating on many levels. i don't understand why you're not allowed to see the ultrasound. i'm sure you can pry it out of someone. the reason first, then get to see it.

and that birth announcement. and halloween. i feel the pain. sending you positive thoughts on A's upcoming monthaversary.