Well, since my next question is which one, I guess that answers my question.
So here’s the thing.
I have an appointment in August with my rheumatologist back in Michigan. We made it for a year after my last appointment with him, at his suggestion.
But now I am seeing my new rheumatologist.
But the other day my old rheumatologist’s office left me a message that my lab work is due. The last time it was due, I happened to have just had an appointment with my new primary care doctor, so I forwarded those results to my old rheumatologist.
But now I don’t know what to do. I am not sure where I would even go to get the labs done, and my latest labs from my new rheumatologist don’t include the labs that my old rheumatologist wants.
Is anyone else exhausted? I’m exhausted. This is an exhausting situation.
I have a soft spot in my heart for my old rheumatologist because he was the one who diagnosed me. We’ve been through a lot together. He’s the longest “relationship” that I’ve ever been in with a member of the opposite sex.
But my new rheumatologist is a breath of fresh air. She is young. She is thorough. She believes that prednisone is not a long term solution.
So I am stuck between a rock and a hard place, and I feel slightly selfish that I am dangling myself in front of not just one rheumatologist, but two.
My old rheumatologist didn’t just want to cut me loose, and wanted me to have the ability to see him again if I needed to. But I guess I forgot the responsibility that comes with it, which is blood work every two or three months.
I don’t even know how to broach the subject with my new rheumatologist. Hey, could you order these labs that my old rheumatologist wants? Awkward!
So do I cancel my August appointment with my old rheumatologist and effectively cut the cord?
Or do I try and keep up the charade in the hope that no one will notice?
This is a tricky situation because of the fact that I moved, and that’s the reason I needed to find a new rheumatologist, not because I was doctor shopping for a new rheumatologist for the sake of it.
It’s amazing how tied and beholden to we can feel to our medical team.
I guess that’s why it’s so hard to let go.