My sister had an echo cardiogram on the 16th and a chemical stress test on the 20th of September.
No other doctor appointment was scheduled until Dec. 10. That was entirely too long to wait for someone to evaluate the test results and for her to not be taking any kind of anti-cancer meds.
Why is it up to the patient/family to demand attention?
We went to her oncologist's office on the 20th to calmly request that someone do something soon. Her doctor was out of the country then, so she was given an appointment for Oct.1, the day after her return. Fine.
Not surprisingly, the oncologist agreed with me about the unacceptable delay. She reviewed the test results and we were pleased to hear that my sister's heart function had improved nicely and the stress test results were very good. The doctor determined Carol was strong enough to resume her treatment of Herceptin and Tykerb. Immediately.
The doctor's office then called the oncology cardiologist office and got Carol an appointment for the next day. He agreed with everything we were told by the oncologist. He prescribed her carvedilol to support heart strength.
She started taking her Tykerb that day and is scheduled for a Herceptin treatment this coming Tuesday.
A woman was driving home after a day of shopping when she saw an elderly woman walking on the side of the road. The woman decided to be a good Samaritan and offer the elderly woman a ride. The elderly woman accepted the offer.
After a quiet minute, the elderly woman noticed a brown bag on the floor by her feet. She asked the good Samaritan, "What's in the bag?" and the good Samaritan said, "It's a jug of wine I got for my husband."
After another quiet minute, the elderly woman said, "Good trade".