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Alternative to Using an Infectious Disease Special
      #236560 - 02/13/08 11:10 AM

As I may have mentioned, I’ve been EXTREMELY disappointed with my Infectious Disease doctor and his staff. They have canceled two of my last appointments without notice or apology; they typically schedule blood work AFTER my visits and have been non-responsive to my requests for the results; they’ve prescribed meds that I didn’t need; they’ve ordered an ultra sound and didn’t fully tell me why; and I could swear that the receptionist travels to work on the broom in their closet.

A friend was bragging to me how much he liked his doctor. Although she’s not an ID specialist, she serves numerous patients with our condition and have become very knowledgeable over years about hiv. After my last unexpected appointment cancelation with my ID doctor, out of frustration I requested my charts and scheduled an appointment with the new doctor. I had to wait about a month to get in, but it was well worth the wait. SHE IS WONDERFUL! Not only is her bedside manner exceptional, but she also gave me a thorough exam, read my charts and advised me that I was NOT on medication because of my poor levels! For over six months, I’d been thinking that my ID doctor had put me on meds because my levels had gotten worse. Actually, he’d put me on Atripila because I have Hep B. Grant it, this is not good, but at least I know that my disease did not radically get worse. She explained why the doctor put me on meds, and how my virus and other medical issues effect various organs. She’s taking care of the WHOLE MAN, and even helping me sort through some of my emotional issues.

Has anyone else experienced heartache with their ID specialist? If so, you may want to consider finding a non-specialist, who is knowledgeable and caring. It’s made all of the difference in the world with me.

~Gary

P.S. Also, since she’s not an ID Specialist, I no longer have to fear someone noticing her name on my calendar and determining what kind of physician I’m seeing. That’s just another small benefit.

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