I’ve gotten pretty lax over the years at asking my various doctors about seeing my records. Not just for lab work, but with their notes, commentary, etc from various visits. After my follow-up visit with my bariatric surgeon, I think I need to start checking up on them again….
The surgeon’s office just implemented some nifty electronic patient records system called “Epic,” so now I get these pretty detailed print outs at the end of each visit. Here’s an excerpt from the one I got from yesterday:
Line by line, I have my own commentary for this list of my supposed “Current Health Issues”:
- Unknown cause of morbidity or mortality = whose morbidity or mortality? Wait, are they saying I’m a mortal, and they don’t know what caused that? Say what?
- Family history of breast cancer = true.
- Type 2 diabetes = really? You put this BEFORE my Type 1 diabetes?
- Female infertility = oh, so true :-(
- High Blood Pressure = absolutely FALSE. I distinctly remember telling them that the only time I EVER had high blood pressure was when I was pregnant, and only in the last 3 weeks before I had my daughter. That is not “current” by a stretch.
- Low back pain = true.
- Generalized muscle weakness = um, sure, I guess? I said I was exhausted and tired all the time right now (mayhap because I’m not able to consume more than 600-700 calories per day and I’m not getting quite enough nutrients yet??)
- Polycystic ovaries = true.
- Blood clot in leg = FALSE. I have no clue where this came from. I have never had any blood clots, but perhaps this partially explains why they gave me 2 doses of Lovenox after my surgery?
- Severe obesity = painfully true, hence, the sleeve surgery.
- Family history of prostate cancer = FALSE. I told them my birthfather had some sort of testicular cancer at one point, so I’m not sure how that translates to prostate cancer.
- Type 1 diabetes = true, ding ding ding, you’re a winner and got this one right!
Getting 7-8 out of 12 right isn’t bad….???? They at least have about a 60% chance of treating me properly, right?