Mayo Clinic Day 1: Initial Consultations
I had to check in at 7am. The system ran beautifully. After the nurse ran my vitals and took my weight, we were given a beeper. When that goes off, they would bring me back to see the doctor. Because I was an add on for the day, we had to wait until a doctor had a cancellation. Less than an hour later, the beeper sounded.
I must say I was nervous walking back to the consultation room.
My initial consultation was with an internist: Dr. Hurt, ironically. I couldn’t help but wonder if he will be the one to fix MY hurts. He went through my symptoms systematically and diligently. No stone was left unturned. I finally was in front of a physician who did not rush. He took me seriously. He told me he would look for the Zebra that is causing my sickness. A breath of fresh air.
Music to my ears during the consultation: “I will own your case”. Not once in 3 months have I heard those words.
After the physical exam, Dr. Hurt sat down with me and my friends and explained what tests he was going to run and what specialists he wanted me to see.
In the afternoon, I saw an infectious disease specialist. He did not seem to think that my illness is connected to anything infectious. The big thing he said was that he did not think it was postherpatic neuralgia–which was the best guess of all my physicians at home.
To be honest, I was pretty upset after this consultation. I wish he had done more testing. But my friends reminded me that I need to trust his experience and intuition that what I am experiencing is not related to an infectious process. I do feel the need to bring up my concerns about the consultation when I see Dr. Hurt again on Monday.
Monday will be busy:
Physical Medicine. Sleep Medicine. Internist (Dr. Hurt). Neurology. Possibly Immunology–if I can be an add on.
Right now I’m in my hotel room. I’m very tired even though I’ve only been up a couple of hours. I’ll drift off to sleep to the sight of Jeremy Lin playing incredible basketball.