Thursday, August 03, 2006

Today's Rant: Medical Labs

The short version: Dear Hubby has a medical condition that requires regular check ups and monitoring. He went last Tuesday to have his routine blood work done. The very next day (the day I left on my trip, by the way), the doctor calls and says the lab faxed over the results and that one of the tests was abnormal.

He had a high level of a particular enzyme that's released when there's an injury to a muscle. Since his condition is coronary, and the heart is a big muscle, the doc decided to call rather than wait until their sit-down appointment later this month. Dear Hubby is feeling fine, so the doctor thinks it's an interaction with his medications so she asks him to discontinue taking one and go for more bloodwork a week later.

So....Dear Hubby goes to the lab to have blood drawn on Tuesday morning. Here is it Thursday afternoon and the lab has not yet faxed the results to the doctor.

My rant is this: Why did it take less than 24 hours to fax the results the first time, and more than 2 days the second time? 53.5 hours and counting. GRRRRR!


The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

Yeah, labs suck. I'm waiting to hear back about a ct scan SlowMo had on Wednesday...they said the Dr's office would hear by today, but they hadn't when I took theBean in. So, here I am, waiting just like you!!

Lala's world said...

ya cuz they have their own clock and their own system and they don't care if they make you wait!!

hope it is good news!

Elle*Bee said...

flip flop mamma, I hope SlowMotion's CT turns out okay. It's day 3 now we're still waiting.

lala, you're right, of course, but it's esp. annoying since they know this is a 'repeat' test b/c the first test's result was suspect.

~d said...

Oh dear, elle* that is scary. It has been a few days since umm-you posted this-like a week, so I hope you have updated Oh my. going to check...