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Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:29 PM


The 50-year old wife of a close friend of my wife has a brain tumor behind her ear which perhaps is pinching something such that she has already lost the vision in one eye.

My question is this: she is now in a four-month waiting line for a special scan. Is that too long to wait such that she should take exceptional measures to get the scan much sooner?

Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:32 PM

In the U.S.?

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:43 PM

Tell her to go private. Her sight is much more important than a few Bucks/Francs/Pounds or whatever.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 3rd May '09 3:01 PM

And Euros too....
I agree with Barnie - you can go privately
quite easily in England when it's URGENT
and it doesn't cost that much....

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 3rd May '09 3:49 PM

No, in France and without means.

Tonight we thought of some influence we might apply to the situation to advance her priority.

However, I want the medical opinion of a doctor, if possible. What risks does she run waiting four months?

Apparently the scan would pinpoint the tumor for surgery to follow soon thereafter.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 3rd May '09 4:55 PM

I'm a nurse, not a doctor, but that sure as sh*t sounds too long to wait, and it's already affected her vision? I've always read that France has excellent health care. hmmm.

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 3rd May '09 5:00 PM

Nurses count too, Sandy. Thank you. That's what I think.

France has good health care except when you are really sick. Then I think you prefer to be in the good ole USA.

There are only two of these scanners in the whole country.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.6 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 3rd May '09 6:28 PM

She needs an MRI with contrast, and as soon as possible, and then evaluation by the best neurosurgeon you can find. If I had seen her in my ER last night, she would have had the scan immediately, whether she had bucks or chickens or diddley squat. She'd probably be recovering from anesthesia by tomorrow night, at the very latest. Any influence which can be brought to bear to expedite her complete evaluation and definitive treatment is certainly justified. Delay means increased disabilty and recovery time after treatment. Best wishes and good luck to your friend.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sun, 3rd May '09 8:43 PM

Totally and completely agree with Dr. Ron

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 3rd May '09 10:58 PM

Thank you very, very much, Ron and Gary.

We'll get on pulling strings Monday morning.

Buchanan  (Level: 81.3 - Posts: 335)
Tue, 5th May '09 12:10 AM

this is ludichris(sp)I have never heard of a waiting period of 4 months.I don't know where you live but go to the Mayo clinic in rochester minnesto.your eye sight is precious & waiting 4 months is unheard of,there are plenty of places that will not make you wait 4 months

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 5th May '09 3:08 AM


Seems to me they treat cancers pretty actively now but someone who dies of cancer is said to have died of a long disease.

Only two such scanners in the whole country of 65 million leaves me wondering. I will ask my doctor tomorrow.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 5th May '09 3:30 AM

2 MRIs in the whole country just doesn't sound right.

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 5th May '09 3:37 AM

specialized MRI, Sandy

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 5th May '09 4:42 AM

And it is possible that such is scheduled with the idea that surgery will follow immediately so maybe it is the scheduling of the surgeon that is the bottleneck.

Trying to get to the bottom of this quickly, but suddenly Odile has cold feet.

Cindyjo422  (Level: 97.4 - Posts: 43)
Tue, 5th May '09 7:30 AM

I have MRI's with contrast and PET/CT scans all of the time and I am scheduled within days of seeing my Oncologist. Too much can happen in those 4 months.

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 5th May '09 1:05 PM

Thank you. I wish she were in the US.

I'm pushing the noodle as hard as I can.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 3848)
Tue, 5th May '09 1:13 PM

What would happen if the found her "Unconscious"/just regaining consciousness in, say, a public restroom or the aisle of a store??? (subterfuge type thought)

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 5th May '09 1:41 PM

I don't think she goes out, Steve. She is not well.

I just found hubbie's cell number and left my own message.

Thanks for your concern.

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Tue, 5th May '09 11:12 PM

I have no better advice than what has been given to you. I hope and pray that your friend finds the help she deserves very soon. It's apparent she's in our prayers. Keep us posted.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Tue, 5th May '09 11:43 PM

Wasn't Steve's advice about going out followed by an invisible "wink wink"? Sounds like it's worth a try?

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 6th May '09 3:52 AM

I read Steve's suggestion too quickly, Jank.

In any case we can't reach them by phone.

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 6th May '09 5:28 AM

Finally, she has been scanned - results Friday.

I feel much better.

Thank you again, all.

I know what it's like at your wife's funeral already.

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 6th May '09 3:46 PM

Finally talked to the patient this evening. The bottleneck is not the scanner; it is a laser surgery unit that can operate inside the skull from without.

She is currently on a four-month waiting list for that, subject to revision according to the analysis of her RMI yesterday. So, much better situation than the one originally described.

Sorry about the misinfo, but waiting even a whole week for such a scan seemed excessive to all the medical professionals who posted here.

This info first came from my spiritual wife Odile who isn't real swift in science. For example, she still is afraid to hand me the cordless phone in the bathtub.

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