Scared suddenly, rash on my leg much worse. Am I being silly?

@Hatley (154691)
Garden Grove, California
November 1, 2010 12:14am CST
My son came to see me and took one look at myleg and had a fit over itl He said its much worst than it was a week ago. For three w eeks now I have been waiting to get this referral for a dermatologist to see my rash on my leg. its bleeding serun and blood and is swollen. Also it hurts now a lot. Am I silly for worrying as I am a diabetic? My mind is running over different sceanrios as to what to do. My son said to call my HMo as a courtesy and if they cannot do something at once I am to tell them I will then have to go to the emergency room. I do not want to lose my leg to an infection so much as I hate it think I should go to the emregeny room tomorrow morning. My son gave me cab money as the ambulance co pay is one hundred fify.My son said to go to the ER in Fountain Valley Emergency room.Making this into a discussion have any of the rest of mylotter friends ever dallied about an illness or health issue and had another family member tell you you need to see a doctor immediately? It does look so bad, and truthfully I am scared, I am a diabetic and anything on my feet or legs that looks infected really scares me.
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@celticeagle (112984)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Nov 10
I would be taking supplements for skin and for healing. I have a show I watch on cable that is on the Family channel 394 where I am. It is on holistic health with Dr. Becker and his wife. The website that coinsides with this show is: www.bioinnovations.net Lots of very good information. If you are having this much trouble just getting in to see a dermatologist then, if I were you, I would start doing some research and see if I could Heal it from with in with nutrients. They have a base book on nutrition which might be very valuable to you. I will include their toll free number as well. Good luck to you. 1-800-635-2673
@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Nov 10
hi Celticeagle thanks for all the great information. would you believe that one lousy number off my street address made by one of the doctor's office peersonell made my referral letter end up at the wrong address on my street.so between the kind lady at my health insurance and my own docotors office they got the referral faxed d to the dermatologist so now I have at last got an appt tomorrow at 2 pm and a ride with access for which I did have the money.so I am getting some real medical help. I know that supplements can help if one knows which to take.
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@celticeagle (112984)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Nov 10
Glad to hear things turned out okay for you. I think being proactive and reading the books this site has to offer is really important. Then we know what supplements to take. Nature mending is very important.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 10
hi the dermatoligist was not very helful and shunted me back to my own doctor who did send for the referral to a wound specialist so now am waiting for that referral, when I get this and see the new doctor i hope he can get this stuff diagnosed and cleared up soon. i am so tired of all this.It has taken so long and am so tired of the ugly lumpy mess on my leg not to mention some pain yet
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@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
1 Nov 10
I would definitely be concerned about it. It may not be anything serious but it also could be something that needs to be seen. You should not take any risks when it comes to your health. I do not know much about being diabetic, but it sounds as though the fact is worrying you. Also, I am in Australia so I know that public hospital care is free for us, but not for you guys. Our ambulances are also free. You are lucky to have your son to help you out but I think that you should definitely get it seen to- your health is priceless.
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
24 Mar 12
I am also having diabetes and sometimes I get worried with rashes or small injuries occurring in my leg. Right now it is summer and the climate is very hot and I think I had some sunburns or something like that in my leg. I put my leg in water and salt and put some spray to heal it and now I am feeling better. I think we should care to some extent to avoid these rashes or small injuries and finally prevention is better than cure.
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
1 Nov 10
Hatley, I wont' side step this discussion cuz I need to be in bed.......... You get yourself to the ER ! NO questions ! Your son is right and you know he is too.. Do not post pone this due to a few bucks...Your leg is too important..dah? not to mention your life! Now, you go on and get this leg checked ! I love ya even tho I've never met ya !! Hugs and do let us know what kind of treatment they did for you.. hugs , quita
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@quita88 (3716)
• United States
3 Nov 10
Hi Hatley, I am glad you did as your son suggested. Girls at the drs. office are just not the professionals they should be. I hope by now that you have your answers, tho I don't think I have any more mails from you. But I have not been on line much for the last few days.... Do let me know how you are doing. Many hugs from your friend, quita
@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 10
quita I am the victim of shove it on to the next guy as the not helful dermatologist said its a severe dermatitis and your circulation is poor which I already knew but he put me on a strong antibiotid and said I need to see a wou nd specialist and go to my pc doctor and have him send for a referral to the wound specialist.so my doctor did do that so now I am waiting for the referall for the wound specialist to come to my mailbosc here. first it goes to my doctor theb the office girl sends it to me. so am hoping it will come this w eek yet and I can at least phone for an appointment, this is all taking so long.nerve wracking .lol.
• Philippines
1 Nov 10
I am not a medical practitioner and it makes me so sad not to give you any advice , but as a layman, please try water therapy for the moment.Yes being diabetic, you should be worried about things like this, but no need to panic, for I am sure you will find a remedy for that. Just hang in there and prayers helps a lot.Believe me...
• United States
2 Nov 10
I'm really happy to hear that the situation with the referral letter got worked out. I was really worried when you mentioned the sore leg. It's no small matter. Certainly, more than one person (diabetic or otherwise) has lost a foot or limb from an infected sore. It's something you need to have looked after immediately. Hopefully, the doctor will be able to do something for the infection before amputation is required. My best wishes go with you.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 10
hi beautyqueen it is better and I am on an antibiotic for a whole month plus saw the dermatologist, then mydoctor again who sent for a referral to a wo und specialist so am now waiting for the referral which goes first to my doctor then the office girl sens it to nme.It is not looking as bad as it did before so thats good and hopefully the wound specialist will know what to do and do it an get me well. wow its been such a long time.but at least it is no longer infected just a bumpy ugly mess. I get a huge dose of antibiotic each day.
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@Sreekala (18769)
• India
1 Nov 10
Hi Hately, You please go to the doctor as soon as possible. Your son is the only one to take care of you so you please listen to him. There won’t be anything to worry; yes I know that diabetic persons should take come extra care when they got any wound because it is difficult to cure. I think that may be the concern of your son too. Get well soon, our prayers are with you.
@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Nov 10
hi sreekala I got it all straightened out with the help of a very kind'lady in my health insurance.seems in sept one rather careless office girl at my doctor sent the referral to the wrong number on mystreet. so of course I did notget it. I gave my health insurance lady all the right info now I insisted they fax the referral to the dermatologist and that i get an appt tomorrow not weeks from now. so am set up with access bus for round t rip to my appt towmorrow at 2 pm. am so glad to get this all st upl and will be okay for this one day. like my son said I did not take anyguff I just stuck to it till they did as I asked.
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• Pamplona, Spain
7 Dec 10
Hiya Hatley, How did the visit to the Hospital go then. Did you get the right treatment for the wound or infection on your Leg? I hope so anyway. I would hate to have to go too but I would to (grin) it could be cleared up so easily with the right care and attention. Hope you are much better now. Hugs. Sue.xxx
@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 10
hi sue it looks better but is still there I have s een bpth the dermatologist and my own doctor who s ent in for a re ferral to'a wou nd specialist. so now I am waiting again. meantime I see its not nearly as red'and i would be almost funny if it healed up on its own while waiting for each of these doctors.
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• Pamplona, Spain
2 Jan 11
Hiya Hatley, I imagine that by now your poor old Leg has healed somewhat and stopped giving you so many problems. Hope so. It must be awful to go around with your Leg like that. I would have been worried too don´t you worry. The smallest scratch and I am always vigilant to see what happens to it and how long it takes to heal too. Wishing you well Hatley. Take care now great Weekend. xxx
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
2 Nov 10
That is something to worry about. My father lost his leg because of diabetes although he could have saved it when he went to do doctor right away. His was a case of a little bit too late. You go have that checked out right away. Take care always.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
hi ybong I called my hmo and a reallysweet lady helped me to findout why I did not receive the referral from my doctor and we found out an office girl did send it in late s ept but she screwed up on the street number so I never received it. Upset I firmly told her fax that approval right now,immediatgely so I can get an appointment as soon as possible. I then told the new doctors nurse it has to be tomorrow Icannot wait two weeks so now have an appt for 2 pm tomorrow and have set up the ride schedule with access bus as I have money for the fare. so tomorrow I will get helped. I feel a lot better knowing I will get the help I need.
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@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
2 Nov 10
That's a relief.
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1 Nov 10
Hatley I would be concerned. My mum is also a diabetic and she had a very similar issue which turned out to be "cellulitis" if I've spelled it correctly. It almost took over her legs and led her to be very unwell and was quite serious. I would personally suggest seeing a doctor, it's always worth being safer than sorry. Hope your okay though :)
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
hi joey yes I am concerned and have finally got an appt. with the dermatologist for 2 pm tomorrow after being on the phone for an hour at least. the nicest lady at my HMo helped me to run down the referral and it was a careless office girl who got the number of the street wrong although she got the street right. I was upset so was sharp and said I want you to fax this over right now this nminute. she did and gave me the doctors name and phone number. so again they were going to shunt me off for two weeks. I once more firmly said no this is too serious . I must have an appt. tomorrow. So now am all set for 2pm tomorrow and even have got the ride scheduled as I could afford five dollars. what a load off my shoulders as I was so worried.
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2 Nov 10
I'm glad to hear you've got an appointment and I hope you hear good news from it, hopefully it's easy treated without too much fuss for you. :)
@Bannybanzie (1398)
• Philippines
2 Nov 10
Oh my gosh! That should really scare anyone and make anyone worried! Have you seen a doctor now? Talk to your PCP (Primary Care Physician). I don't think a dermatologist would do. Your PCP should refer you but right now just go to ER. I've encountered patients like you and being a diabetic there is really a big reason to worry. Please, make efforts to lower your blood sugar. You would have greater problems if your sugar is high because it also prevents healing from occurring. Call 911. That's a real serious problem. I'm not just scaring you, okay? If you have anything like that my friends, please. Don't even think anymore what you'll do. GO TO THE HOSPITAL ASAP AND SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.
@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
hi bannybanzie you are right in all you say but I already am payhing on one copay of one hundred dollars and another will be coming ups with the same copay. so refused to go ambulance,instead I called my hmo and told the wonderful woman that I had never got my referral she helped me all the way and we fou nd out that a ditzy dame had sent me the referral in S ept but she had the wrong street number, right name but wrong number so I never received it.I d emanded she hax the approval over to this doctor and give me his name and phone number. I got an appt not for two weeks away but for tomorrow, I demanded that and I got it. so I have a 2 pm appointment tomorrow and have the fare for the access bus to take me there and bring me back home.
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@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
1 Nov 10
Not silly at all dear. You should get it checked out. Prevention is always better than cure, or in your case, curing a rash is better than curing a severe infection.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Nov 10
hi ddaguno yes and I took the time and patience to see it all throuoh and insisted theyfax the referral to the dermatologists office at once and then I called that doctors office and have an appt. tomorrow at 2pm so alls well that ends well.
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@allknowing (54662)
• India
4 Nov 10
This reassurance that you are getting from all of us will go a long way in calming you down but that cannot replace a visit to the doctor. So please go to your doctor. I am sure everything will be fine.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 10
allknowing you all have helped so much and I have seen the dermatologis who shunted me back to my own doctor who was to get me a referral o a wound specialist. so now am waiting for the referral.lol at least I am finally taking care of things.
@allknowing (54662)
• India
8 Dec 10
Its already a month and you are still waiting Hatley! Can't believe this
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 10
welcome to the hmo if that dermatoligist had done his job I might have got the referral for the wound specalist by now but he shunted me instead back to my primary care doctor who did send for a referral from my hmo I have been waiting this week hopeing each day to ge it. see when I left the dermatoligist it was late so had to phone ,my own doctor the next dayh and cou ld not get in till the next week so more time wasted now my hmo will send the referral to my doctor and his nurse has to send it to me. Nobody seems to hurry on anything anymore.
@ElicBxn (60011)
• United States
1 Nov 10
I guess I dillydallied over my problems in the summer of 08 because I thought they'd get better, or it was just more of my fibro - turned out it was my gall bladder passing stones into my pancreas
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
hi elicbxn oh ouchi I do remember that, the grinding pain and the simple operation,the surgeon called it bandaid surgery I was back to work in a week. with the help of a lady from my HMo we found out the referral was sent to my street but the wrong number by one. so I insisted they fax the referral to the dermatologist at once, then I got an appt from him for 2 pm tomorrow and a round trip ride from access bus so am all set now.
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@ElicBxn (60011)
• United States
2 Nov 10
I'm was advised to take a few weeks off, because of the pancreas stuff. That and my fibro keeps me from healing well... didn't HELP my car was in the shop a week longer than I was in the hospital! I was home, but kind of STUCK home too. Happily, while we had to go shopping the second weekend, my guy friend, J, (so you know its not the roommate J or the gal friend J) took me shopping to get a few things we just couldn't live without (like all that cat litter!)
@ElicBxn (60011)
• United States
2 Nov 10
oh, I meant to add that I'm glad you are getting into the doc so quickly - give us an update when you get back!
@MsTickle (24782)
• Australia
12 Nov 10
I hope by now your wound has been seen to Hatley and that your fears have been laid to rest with your leg being treated and on the mend. You know this already but you really do need to be ever vigilant with any problems with your hands, feet and lower limbs. Your circulation can take a nasty turn with you as a diabetic. Take care of you.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 10
hi mystickle I am now waiting for the referral to a wound specialistas I have seen the dermatologist who shunted me back to my p rimary care'doctor who finnally was the one to send for a referral to a wound specialist. now the stuff looks better and what if it really decided to heal up and leave before I get the referral, that would be funny after all this time. I am' taking one strong antibiotic and wondering if that is a good' idea for thirty days.
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@MsTickle (24782)
• Australia
8 Dec 10
Hi sweet pea. Is the wound at all painful. I just had a thought you see. My Mum suffered for years with an ulcer on her lower leg, just above her ankle. It would erupt, and weep and not clear up for months no matter what the treatment was. Mum would even be put in hospital so she would stay off her leg to give things a chance to heal. I so hope it's not an ulcer.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
1 Nov 10
Hi Hatley! You are not being silly for worrying, and I hope you took your son's advice and went to a doctor or emergency room. With diabetes, the most insignificant-looking skin problems on your feet or legs can mean big problems. It's definitly beyond needing just a dermatologist, if for no other reason than to see what it is, and if you are at risk because of your diabetes. If it's a blistery rash, only one one leg, that is becoming more painful, you could even have shingles. Please go, and let us know how you make out, ok?
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
catdla1 no not shingles as I had those two years ago. but I called my h mo and a lovely lady went to bat for me and we found out some lame brainoffice girl sent me the referral in late sept but I did not get it simply because she had one digit wrong on the street number, the right street name. well I was reallyticked off and yelled,I want it faxed ovet now at once to the dermatologists office then I called them and refused to take a week away appt. I said loudly it must be tomorrow as I need help now. so I now have an appt. for two pm tomrrow so am glad I will get some needed help;
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
2 Nov 10
I'm so glad you responded, Hatley! I've been worrying since I read your post yesterday. Wouldn't you think that something important as a medical referral would be checked and re-checked by the operator entering it? So glad you got it straightened out! Please let me know how you make out tomorrow, ok?
@34momma (13918)
• United States
1 Nov 10
Oh honey don't you paywith your health girl! you go right now to the hospital and let them take a look at you!! like you said you don't want to take a chance with them having to take your leg off! OMG that would be just horrible. please keep us posted
@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
hi 34 momma I didnot have the copay for one more ambulance so I called my hmo and a lovely lady there helpedme to find out why my doctor's office had not sent me a referral some dimwit sent it out in late sept to me but since she had the number wrong but the street right of course it never got here. irked I yelled okay fax it now at once to the dermatologist , give me his phone number and streeet address. they did it and I have an appointment for two oclock tomorrow,thank God now I can relax as I well get medical help soon now.
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
3 Nov 10
that is super great! Please let us all know what happens!
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
1 Nov 10
I would go tot he hospital if they can not get you in to be seen and soon. Tell them it is an emergency and that you are much worse and they leg is in extreme pain. They should get you in asap, now even. I hope they see you today or tomorrow, if not go to the emergency room at the hospital. I would. No, you are not being silly! This is your health you are concerned about. Make them see you. Good luck.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
hi moondancer I did not want another one hundred fifty copay on ambulance but I got it all straightened out and am being seen by the dermatologist at 2 pm tomorrow and even had the five dollars to get round trip ride by access bus. seems that some careless office girl in my own doctor;s office got the address screwed up by one lousy number in late Sept so I never got the referral of course.the kind lady in my hmo fouond this out and I yelled at my doctor's office girl fax that over at once as I need to see him today or tomorrow so I have got an appointment for 2 pm tomorrow with the dermatologist.what a hassle.
• United States
2 Nov 10
I'm so glad you have the appointment now. I just don't know why these people that work in these offices do not double check what they have done so they don't make those kind of mistakes. They just don't slow down and double check to make sure what they did is right. They know that they do not get things right every time and when they are dealing with someones health issues they need to double check. When all is said and done you have the appointment you've been waiting on.
1 Nov 10
Hi Hatley, You need to go to the emergency, I do not think you will lose your leg but it needs to be seen to, hope by the time you read this you have already been seen to, cannot understand why the people from the Glodens Crest where you are wont sent you to the emergency, good luck hun, hope all is well, love and hugs. Tamara xxxx
@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
tamaras oh they will but by ambulance and I have to pay a copay of one hundred fifty dollars each time and I only ever have just one hundred twentyfive a month as the rest goes for room and board. but I called my hmo to find out why I never received the referal. seems that some scatter brain in my doctor's office got the street name right but had one digit off on the street number so I never got it;I yelled at her, now immediiatley fax that approval over to the dermatologist tell me the name and phone number. so I phoned and got an appt at 2 pm tomorrow afternooisn a nd I had enough money to schedule a round trip on access to the doctor and back tomorrow. so am going to get some needed medical care.
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2 Nov 10
Hi Hatley, I don't know why some people cannot do their jobs right, hope all goes well for you hun, sending prayers and healing your way, love and hugs. Tamara
@cynthiann (18572)
• Jamaica
1 Nov 10
No you are not being silly. It may be nothing much or it may be serious. You know, as a diabetic, that getting treatment is essential. I hope that by the time you are reading this then you have received a diagnosis and treatment. You know that it must be regarded as urgent and attention to this leg is crucial. God bless you and I am praying that it is nothing too serious. Many blessings
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
bhi cynhtiana I will be seen by the dermatologist at 2 pm tomorrow'and I found ou t that a dimwit girl in my doctors office mailed the referral to me but it never reached me as she had the street name right but had one wrong number on the address. so Iyelled at her to fax the approval over to his office at once, she did that so now Ihave an appointment for'2 pm tomorow and have scheduled the round trip rider with access bus as Ihave the five dollars I will need . so alls well that ends well.
@cynthiann (18572)
• Jamaica
2 Nov 10
I am praying for you Hatley. May God shower you with blessings
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Nov 10
It's been way too long on that referral. Definitely I hope you called them first things and gave them hell and then went and had it seen.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
dawnI take it back about being angry at my hmo as the really sweet lady there told me the doctors office sends out the referrals so she called and found out that some bubbleheaded office girl mailed me the referral in late Sept. but she had the street right but the number wrong instead of 13881 she sent it to 13811SO ITnever got to me. so i angrily said fac this at once to the dermatoligist and I mean now, so then I got the phone humber of the dermatologist and made an appointment, I demanded to be seen tomorrow so now am set for a 2 pm appointment and even set up my round trip ride for five dollars from accessbus. I found out you cannot let them runall over you. they were going to wait a week and I told them I had waited too long now so it must be tomorow.so will get some medical help tomorrow. thank Goodness. a month and ahalf too long.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Nov 10
Finally, good that you called!
@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
1 Nov 10
Good morning Hatley. I am diabetic as well and when it comes to my legs and eyes, I always am nervous as well. I would definitely go to the ER if your son said it is getting worse. I think sometimes when you see it everyday you don't notice the daily changes as much as someone that hasn't seen it in a week. I would definitely take your son's advice and go! I would rather someone tell me I am paranoid and it be nothing, than to keep waiting for your doctor and it be something serious. Way back when my mother thought she had the flu, she kept throwing up and throwing up and she kept making excuses. My dad called me at work and told me what was happening. I was about 30 at the time and I never remembered my mother to have the flu. I left work immediately just thinking something might have been wrong. When I got to there house my mother looked grey. I told her she was going to the hospital immediately. Well she obviously said she wasn't going, because she knew her body better than anyone else. I was extremely forceful and told her she WAS going to the hospital if I had to drag her in the car myself. She ended up going and we found out that she was have mini heart attacks. She ended up having to have 4x bypass surgery within 2 days. To this day, I am not exactly sure why I was so sure something was wrong with my mother, and I really feel bad for talking so mean to her. Sometimes I think outsiders (or family that doesn't see their family every day) can tell when something is wrong. Please take your son's advise and go to the ER today. Please let us know what the outcome is. I will say a pray that it is nothing serious. Hugs.
@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 10
hi gdesjardi I made some phone calls and the kind lady at my HMo ot to the bottom of the missing referral seems my doctor's office girl sent the referral out the last of sept, she got the street right but the address was off by one number so I never got it;so upset I still managed to get them to fax the approval to the dermatologist and called and made an appt for tommorow at 2 am.so as Ihad five dollars I then scheduled a round trip ride tomorrow with access bus.So though I didnot get help today I will get it tomrrow.now I feel less frightened as I am getting medical attetion.I will let you all know as soon as I do. lol lol
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• United States
3 Nov 10
I am so behind on my mylot messages...sorry I didn't respond earlier. How did your appointment go? I have been thinking about you and keeping you in my prayers. I was glad to hear that you did get an appointment quickly. Let me know when you have a chance what the doctor said. Thanks. Gerri