Rockwolf66
 member, 65 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 02:27
It's a waste of time...
And my 2021 is off to a great start.


Last year i lost my beloved Grandmother to cancer. This year my cousin has Ovarian cancer.

I feel like getting a shirt from a Co-Worker that says "F*ck Cancer". I know a few with that as a sticker on their car.
Starchaser
 member, 806 posts
 Shoda mo tsumoreba taibok
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 07:48
It's a waste of time...
In reply to Rockwolf66 (msg # 1696):

I'm sorry to hear that @Rockwolf66, my heart goes out to you, especially when the pandemic is making treatment harder for cancer sufferers. There are a million and one cliche's out there so I'll try and avoid any of them, but as somebody who has had two sisters, and aunt, a cousin in law and a grandfather in law that had it I can say that nowadays the survival rate is a lot higher than it used to be.
ladysharlyne
 subscriber, 2972 posts
 You get out of a game the
 effort you put in it !!
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 19:01
It's a waste of time...
As a Cancer survivor in 2000 I keep an eye on my health and body but Cancer Research have progressed in leaps and bounds over the 20 years.  My worry is people who have what they think a small problem will not seek medical advice, and not the internet self diagnosis, all due to being afraid or not wanting to bother their doctors.  Please anyone keep an eye on body changes and at least call you doctors and talk to a nurse if not the doctor but do not let things just go because you don't want to bother the health field.  Covid is bad but people still have health issues that come up with or without the Covid.  You HAVE to take care of yourself and don't put off seeking help on any health issue whether physical or mental.  Please xx
Piestar
 member, 777 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 20:38
It's a waste of time...
My doctor wants me to get a colonscopy, but the procedure requires someone to drive you home, and I don't know anybody. Sigh...
Yaztromo
 supporter, 411 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 21:35
My doctor wants me to have a colonoscopy...
In reply to Piestar (msg # 1699):

Get a taxi...
Piestar
 member, 779 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 21:37
My doctor wants me to have a colonoscopy...
In reply to Yaztromo (msg # 1700):

I asked if I could Uber, they said no. I guess you are in such a state that being transported by someone you don't know is hazardous?
RanzarthPhx
 member, 30 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 21:46
My doctor wants me to have a colonoscopy...
They likely have available services for it. Costly I'd suspect.
Piestar
 member, 780 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 21:48
My doctor wants me to have a colonoscopy...
Seems unlikely they wouldn't mention it, if it made them money.
Yaztromo
 supporter, 412 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 22:09
My doctor wants me to have a colonoscopy...
In reply to Piestar (msg # 1701):

Just explain your doctor the situation, but don't miss your checks. I'm sure he can point to the right solution for your case.
tmagann
 member, 686 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 22:30
My doctor wants me to have a colonoscopy...
They will always say "no. It's a liability issue for them. You're being sent home potentially still high from the drugs they gave you. Taxis and Ubers are strangers that might take advantage, so the medical staff says no. If they say yes and something happens, they could be liable.

Also, if you're really out of it, someone you know who can stay with you until you recover/sober up is advisable, just in case.
Starchaser
 member, 808 posts
 Shoda mo tsumoreba taibok
Tue 12 Jan 2021
at 07:25
It's a waste of time...
In reply to Piestar (msg # 1699):

I'm from the U.k. so I'm not sure what its like in other countries but in some cases you can request the hospital provide transport if you don't have any yourself. Have you asked for that?
Piestar
 member, 781 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Tue 12 Jan 2021
at 07:27
It's a waste of time...
In reply to Starchaser (msg # 1706):

Ambulances in the US are private companies, and they would charge two thousand dollars to take you across the street. I know, they did it to me, once. Literally across the street.
Brianna
 member, 2230 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2021
at 09:01
It's a waste of time...
In reply to Piestar (msg # 1699):

My mother used to have those done regularly.  As her usual transport/sitter, I agree you should not be trusting in a stranger.  You need someone to drive you, make sure you get into your home safely, and stay with you for a few hours because even if they put you to bed and you go to sleep, you may wake up and try to navigate before the drugs all wear off.  As long as there is someone trustworthy with you, it's not a big deal, but it could be dangerous if you were alone, or with someone who might take advantage.
vads
 member, 4 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2021
at 23:46
It's a waste of time...
Piestar:
My doctor wants me to get a colonscopy, but the procedure requires someone to drive you home, and I don't know anybody. Sigh...



Get to know your neighbors?
Starchaser
 member, 810 posts
 Shoda mo tsumoreba taibok
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 08:53
It's a waste of time...
In reply to vads (msg # 1709):

Depends on the neighbors. Mine aren't exactly the friendly type, for example :D
Shannara
 moderator, 3875 posts
 When in doubt,
 frolic!
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 14:27
It's a waste of time...
Explain the situation to your doctor, and ask if they'll accept you signing an AMA (against medical advice) waiver.  If not, ask them if you're better off doing the procedure under the circumstances you can do it, or not do it at all.

Yes, you'd probably be better off having someone there with you that you know and trust - but that's not always possible or practical.

And not everyone is Picard who can 'make it so'.  :-)
ShadoPrism
 member, 1359 posts
 OCGD-Obsessive-Compulsive
 Gamer-Disorder
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 14:48
It's a waste of time...
In most places there are medically insured 'taxi' services. I used one to get home from the hospital last month as I did not have a ride otherwise.
I suggest looking in to one of those services, ask the people at the local hospital about them. They usually have a list of them that could help.
jdtucker
 member, 55 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 23:11
It's a waste of time...
Another option, although possibly expensive, is to hire a private ambulance service /ride.  Here that could cost you $300 dollars.
silentmouse
 member, 21 posts
Thu 14 Jan 2021
at 02:10
It's a waste of time...
The problem with hiring a private ambulance company to take you is we only do so if the doctor determines such a move is medically necessary. The medical taxi's would be your best bet, as it sounds like that's more their alley. (I work for a private ambulance company, hence the knowledge base.)

Your best bet is going to be to explain the situation to the doctor and see what options are available. I would think any that care about their patient's health would be able to have some resources for such things. And I could be wrong. In your area, private ambulances might do what jdtucker suggested, but still... explain the situation to your doctor and see what they have available is going to be the best way, I think.

I hope it can get sorted out and you get the care you need!
Piestar
 member, 782 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Thu 14 Jan 2021
at 03:11
It's a waste of time...
Thanks. I am going to ask if it is possible to have the procedure without anesthetic, it is the only thing I can think of that meets all the required criteria.
Greymist
 member, 10 posts
Thu 14 Jan 2021
at 05:08
Re: It's a waste of time...
Piestar:
to have the procedure without anesthetic

Had one last year, not sure I would consider it without drugs...I don't think it would extraordinarily painful, but definitely uncomfortable.

Will they let you stay at the hospital until the anaesthetic has worn off?
Piestar
 member, 783 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Thu 14 Jan 2021
at 05:16
Re: It's a waste of time...
I got the impression from the doctor that that was not really an option. I will ask though.
Sithraider
 member, 227 posts
 Momento Mori
Thu 14 Jan 2021
at 17:17
Pack od Chimpanzees
In a moment of weakness for our children's' wants and desires, my spouse bought a pack of living miniature chimpanzees. How's that, you say? Where does one find a miniature pack of chimpanzees?  Ahhh... at the pest store, of course.

There are now five, five, I tell you, parakeets. Adorable little birds that make beautiful, ear screeching, brain piercing chimpanzee howls. They are beautiful little birds, truly. But they make my work-from-home time unbearable.
RanzarthPhx
 member, 40 posts
Thu 14 Jan 2021
at 18:10
Pack od Chimpanzees
In reply to Sithraider (msg # 1718):

Comfort my friend. Headphones and music may be in your future.
tmagann
 member, 687 posts
Thu 14 Jan 2021
at 18:14
Pack od Chimpanzees
Or a cat and an open cage door