Mission accomplished – got my medical records

medical-recordSo, I’m seeing a neurologist in a little over three weeks, and I have to get them my most recent medical records, which include my MRI and neck X-Ray, as well as the notes from the doctors. I was going to send in my request form, then I thought I’d better just go to the hospital and get all the records myself. It can take 5-10 working days to process everything, and between the time it takes for the forms to get to them through the mail, their processing time, and then the time to send it through the mail to the neuro’s office, it was cutting it close.

So, I just took a long lunch and went myself.

And a good thing I did. Because I mis-read the form and put the wrong dates in. And the person providing the records also couldn’t figure out which ones on the list I wanted, even though I checked ALL RECORDS. I’m glad I didn’t just mail it in, because who knows what would have actually gotten sent?

Plus, now I have a copy of the records for myself, and I can take a look at what the old neuro had to say about me. Plus, I now have a copy of my X-Ray, which is cool. I love imaging. Even if I don’t 100% know what I’m looking at, I still love to inspect it.

Fascinating.

Anyway, now I have half my stuff. The other half has to come from my neuropsych, who said they would update my report from before on Sunday, but I haven’t heard from them, so I think they either forgot, or they got busy and couldn’t do it. Who knows what happened? It’s just par for the course – they have been making (and breaking) promises to me for years. Not that they’re any different from anyone else in my life. I see to attract those sorts of people like flies are drawn to a dropped ice cream cone.

Anyway, I’m bushed. It’s been a long day. I may have to find another job before long, because the merger is approaching, and there are questions about the healthcare that’s going to be offered. The plans the new company has are not very good. And I was stuck with one of them before, when I was first trying to get treated for my brain injury stuff, but all I got was a runaround.

I’m reaching out to former colleagues to see if there are any opportunities at places I used to work. One of them may work out. But nothing is certain. I’ll just hang in there… and update my LinkedIn profile while I’m at it.

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

4 thoughts on “Mission accomplished – got my medical records”

  1. They pay better attention to you when you’re face to face, too. That’s an important lesson I learned very early in my injury care. Very well done! You did what it takes, whatever it takes, and just made it happen. You will come through this all right.

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  2. Thanks very much… working on it. Ideally, I need to find someone who has a clue about how all this brain-body stuff is actually connected. And how it affects my life — and the lives of everyone around me. Of course, they will need to find the time… and that’s probably the biggest challenge in this time and place. A professional with expertise who actually takes the time to help me.

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