“Oh you know I did it, it’s over and I feel fine…”
So usually my post title is a line to a song that has to do with the subject of whatever I’m writing about (I totally stole that idea from my sister). Today I’m just paying homage to the great Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters. This song (DOA) just came on my iPod. Great tune. Fun fact: Nirvana (Dave Grohl was the drummer) got their big break after playing at the bar in Philadelphia that used to be owned by my grandfather and his brothers. It’s like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Only with Dave Grohl.
ANYWAY! As I said, even though I’m not returning to work, I have a busy month ahead of me. I’m guest blogging for Jules at What The Jules and for some reason I agreed to do an August Blog Challenge with my friend Maya over at Lilies and Elephants. I’ve actually known Maya since I was in 1st grade, her little brother was my first crush. Yep, I was boy crazy from the start. Our challenge is to blog 20 times in the month of August. That’s 5 times a week. I’m not sure I can do it, but I’m not one to back down. Bring. It. On.
I’ve mentioned that I’ve starting looking into getting second opinions from other rheumatologists. It’s not that I have any issues with Dr Rheum, but after four years of seeing her, I figure it wouldn’t hurt to have another set of eyes take a look at me from a rheum perspective.
Living in Philadelphia, I am extremely lucky to have some of the best hospitals in the country at my disposal. I’m also very close to DC, Baltimore and NYC if I feel the need for a road trip. I began to research rheumatology programs at various hospitals, and quickly discovered Johns Hopkins in Baltimore was considered #1 for rheumatology.
I knew it would probably take a gagillion years to get an appointment, but why not get the ball rolling. So I called. Per usual, a recording answered, I hit the prompt for “new patient” and waited. Another recording came on. Before you can talk to a human being you have to
- Send a letter from your referring physician
- Have all your records sent over
- Once that is done, you email them letting them know you sent your information
- After going through your medical records, if they feel it’s appropriate, they will eventually call you to schedule an appointment