• Just curious how available has your doctor or someone at your treatment facility been through Holidays?

    Asked by Bloodproblems on Thursday, November 21, 2019

    Just curious how available has your doctor or someone at your treatment facility been through Holidays?

    I'm not needing anyone now, but I was just wondering if someone had an emergency that needed our oncologist, not someone at the emergency room, have you had any luck getting someone to answer during those times?

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Never a problem at SCCA/Fred Hutch. Doctor is almost like family. Amazing - that's why I'm still alive.

      18 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I haven't had to contact mine since my first diagnosis. But back then I called once on a sunday afternoon when we were visiting our family in our hometown. We were living in Memphis and that's where my doctor was. 3 hrs, away. I woke from a nap with a 105.9 fever from my white count crashing. I called the number on the card and I was shocked when he actually answered. He told me to get to the ER in Memphis asap and he would meet us there. Sure enough he was waiting. I hesitate to think that I would get the same thing now even though I'm at an NCI designated hospital, one of the best. But, if I needed to call in an emergency I would certainly call.

      18 days ago
    • BugsBunny's Avatar

      I have had to do this before. I was given an emergency number to call, which rang to an answering service. They took my information and said a doctor would call me back. Within 15 or 20 minutes they did call. I was happy with that.

      18 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I had the same as BugsBunny. And if it was serious, i.e. Fever, then a trip to the E.R. Was necessary. I'm glad I went through that years ago, because my doctor group has switched hospitals. And it would be a longer ride to go to the hospital now.

      18 days ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      All medical providers have someone on-call. I had to call the on-call oncologist the Saturday after my first chemo treatment. He was a total moron. Had me convinced that the severe lower leg pain I was experiencing would be for the entire scope of my treatment. Didn't tell me it should start subsiding in a couple days. Told me to take advil. Yeah, my own oncologist had me on narcotics for a couple days after each subsequent chemo. But at least someone answered...

      17 days ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      Had surgery for Angiosarcoma at U. of MI during the week before Xmas, A big mistake. Most of the "good" staff was off on vacation, no doubt on a beach in the Bahamas! What staff and services that were left was pitiful.
      Nurses were unhappy to be working, supplies---including toilet paper were missing, Xmas dinner was an ancient, hard orange & a cold piece of processed turkey. No happy volunteers spreading joy either.
      If you don't have to be in a hospital during some holiday,--- don't!!

      17 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I was sick one Thanksgiving. I called the emergency number and they told me to go to the ER. That was a terrible experience. Like Molly72 says, only the lowest people on the totem pole were still at the hospital and they were not at all interested in having to work.

      I vowed that I would have to be nearly dying before I would ever do that again. Fortunately, that's the only time I have been sick around the holidays.

      13 days ago

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