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Mar 28, 2020 10:18AM
Flashlight: "Did your primary doctor notify the state health department?" I was never even able to speak directly to my primary doctor, so no. I called the office, which was busy. Called again, busy. Called again, busy. Seriously, this was over the span of about an hour. The fourth time I called it went to an automated recording saying that if I were calling for COVID-19 concerns to press 1. I did and was put on hold. The music would stop every once in a while and say that I could instead leave a message. After 20 minutes I left a message explaining my symptoms and concerns. The call was never returned. I then tried to do a virtual visit. After filling out all of my information I got to the part where I could pick a time. All times were grayed out and there was a note saying, "Call the clinic". So I called a local clinic, not my primary care, that was in the same network as my primary. I was placed on hold. Stayed on hold for about 10 minutes and then was given the option to leave my number for a callback and I wouldn't lose my place in line. I did that. I then called an urgent care in town. They told me they had no tests nor any referral for tests and connected me to the COVID-19 hotline, which sounded exactly like the one I had called about an hour or two before. I left my number again, just in case. I then called a local hospital. They told me that even though it seemed that I had it there was no point in coming to the hospital because they weren't testing anyone who wasn't admitted with severe symptoms. 5 hours after I left my number to not lose my place in line I was called by a nurse who also agreed that I most likely had it and tried to get an appointment set up with my primary. She wasn't able to, and told me that even if I got an order from my primary I probably couldn't get tested because of the lack of tests available and that they were only really testing people who had traveled internationally, had proven exposure, or were admitted to the hospital. She told me to go to the ER if my symptoms got worse. That was my experience. (Oh, and I was called again a couple of hours later, showing that the hotline WAS calling back in the order they were receiving calls as I left my number twice. That's how many calls they were dealing with.) By that time I was so exhausted and frustrated I gave up. This was during one of the worst days where my temp was 102+ and I couldn't speak in complete sentences because of the shortness of breath.
"Where your daughter worked did they notify everyone she came in contact with?" She works in a pharmacy, so they all knew. Since she went out one of her colleagues has also gone out with illness. I'm not sure about the rest of the store, but I doubt it considering the reaction they had to her wearing a mask.
Age at dx: 45. Oncotype, left-side tumor: 9. Right side had multifocal IDC and "extensive" LCIS. Isolated tumor cells in 1 right-side node.
3/27/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
4/27/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
6/1/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
6/1/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
8/27/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
12/3/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction