May 6, 2003

Since I got my CT scan results from Trixie on April 29th, I decided it was time I gave No Name a call.  After all he made the CT scan appointment way back at the beginning of December, 2002.  I had the CT scan done on February 28th and to date had not heard a peep out of No Name.

I placed a call to No Name’s office yesterday morning and asked the receptionist to fax my CT scan results to me. She asked me if I would like to make an appointment to see the doctor. I told her that since I had had the CT scan done on February 28th and it was now May 5th, I thought it best that she just fax me the results. The receptionist then asked me to please hold for a moment. When she came back to the phone she informed me that she had just realized that No Name had left a message that I should be called with regards to my CT scan. My response was that it was a good thing I had called; if I hadn’t maybe they would never have remembered the message. I reiterated that I wanted the CT scan results faxed to me ASAP.  How can a doctor’s office treat test results in such a careless manner?

This morning’s mail gave me a real chuckle. I received a letter from No Name’s office, telling me that several unsuccessful attempts had been made to reach me by phone. The letter went on to say that No Name wanted to see me to discuss the CT scan results. What a hoot. I have caller ID on my phone and trust me; no number from No Name’s office has been registered on it in the last seven months.  Now I would call the letter I received this morning a “cover his butt” letter.

Results of 24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitor

I finally received a copy of the results of my 24 hour blood pressure monitor test done on November 7/8, 2002.

SUMMARY:

(mmHg) Minimum Mean Maximum

Systolic 101 147 178
Diastolic 43 82 108
MAP 67 105 94
Heart Rate 51 71 94

Above Stat Boundaries –

Systolic 83%
Diastolic 47%

Highest Systolic 178 mmHG 13:36 (1:36 PM)
Highest Diastolic 108 mmHG 17:36 (5:36 PM)
Lowest Systolic 101 mmHG 8:06 AM
Lowest Diastolic 43 mmHG 8:06 AM

Daytime Summary

mmHG Minimum Mean Maximum

Systolic 101 154 178
Diastolic 43 88 108
MAP 67 111 129
Heart Rate 51 75 94

Highest Systolic 178 mmHG 13:36 (1:36 PM)
Highest Diastolic 108 mmHG 17:36 (5:36 PM)
Lowest Systolic 101 mmHG 8:06 AM
Lowest Diastolic 43 mmHG 8:06 AM

Nighttime Summary

mmHG Minimum Mean Maximum

Systolic 115 130 149
Diastolic 52 69 99
MAP 76 93 120
Heart Rate 55 63 74

Highest Systolic 149 mmHG 23:06 (11:06 PM)
Highest Diastolic 99 mmHG 6:06 AM
Lowest Systolic 115 mmHG 4:06 AM
Lowest Diastolic 52 mmHG 4:06 AM

Maybe the low blood pressure at 8:00 AM explains why I feel so awful in the mornings.

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