First things first, I have No qualms at all about the level and quality of medical care Dr. Rex Hoffman of the Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, California provides.
But medical care and patient care are not the same thing.
Also, this is my own personal opinion of my own personal experience including quotations from conversations I, myself, participated in (which, in accordance with California law – were Not recorded, so my quotations are recollections to the best of my ability).
I absolutely allow for the fact that other people may have other experiences with this doctor, and in fact, fervently hope they do!
And now on to my visit with Dr. Rex Hoffman at 8:00am this past Monday October 22, 2012, which has so far (midday Thursday as I begin this blog post and finished it Friday midday) colored my Entire week, as told through my email to the Medical Director for Cancer Services of the same medical facility:
Dr. Mena Attachment A:
Dr. Mena Attachment B:
Dr. Mena Attachment C:
So, after finally finishing writing, and sending, the email to Dr. Mena – I felt better.
It wasn’t just the writing, but the actual sending, that let me release at least some of what I had been holding on to all week.
We’ll see what this weekend feels like and what I decide to do on Monday – show up for treatment (of course it just so happens that Dr. Hoffman will be at a national conference in Boston when I begin my treatment on Monday – and I would not have known this if I hadn’t made a stink this week – but it’s a bit tough to be there to enforce the policy when he’s 3000 miles away – hehehe), or punt and start from scratch to find somewhere else to have the treatment. I’ll let you know next week.