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Kingman Letter: The privilege of forgetting

First a little about myself. I am 76 years old, a widower, very active. I work out and hike in the mountains. I have lived in Kingman over 35 years. I have heard a lot of good and bad about our doctors and the hospital in Kingman.

About a year-and-a-half ago, I went to a doctor for a colonoscopy. He said I should have a follow-up in about a year. Well, that doctor moved. Then a few weeks ago, I found a doctor at another clinic. One day I stopped there to make an appointment. I explained what I needed and a woman at the counter asked for my doctor's name. I went blank; I could not remember the doctor's name. Then she said, "I guess we can't help you." I said, "OK," and left.

You know, at my age we should have the privilege of forgetting. A week or so later, I got to thinking maybe I should go to the doctor's Web page and let them know, which I did. When I hit the send button nothing happened, so I forgot about it. Then on Wednesday I called the hospital. The person who answered said that I have to talk to a specific person about the complaint.

I had to leave my name and phone number. It's now Friday evening - no reply. I am not an angry person, just disappointed. Thank you.

Richard Bunkelmann


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: kgmn. gal

Those Senior blurps are normal. we all forget.

In this day and age, where we have a personal care physician (PCP) then specialists for everything else, it is important we do own health management. Or have someone accompany us to our doctors!

I have created for my spouse of 50 yrs and my self a double sided - legal - 4 column health history which begins with all my
1. medications, dosages and when taken.
2. list of allergies-- medications and foods etc.
3. a list of physicians with addresses, and specialities, when last seen..
4. beginning from most recent medical event -- i begin with year and name of problem or event
((( 2012 - angiogram or 2010 fracture of R . ankle )
5. parents, grandparents, siblings, age - if deceased and reason plus medical problems, or if alive--medical problems and age..

I have it computerized so easy to change or amend.

I also have a three inch 3 ring loose leaf binder in which i have categorized into several areas.. Laboratory, (example) cardia--heart,
colon-- upper or lower bowel, kidney -- Renal, nerve - neurology, spinal or osteo, foot or podiatry, ETC!

When I visit a physician or specialist,
1. I request the labs, the doctors report,
2. if an x-ray requested--I get that report,
3. if MRI or scan--I obtain the CD and report of that exam
4. if hospitalized.. that report

in my personal binder, I keep at least 3 years of those reports and a few older ones (depends on event).

I also obtain from my pharmacy, a list of a full year of medications.. just in case I need it..

We are responsible for our own medical care reports... files get lost in office, doctors leave and we are left with nothing, sometimes we cannot recall what procedure, test was done or even if taken a particular medication.

And I take that notebook with me to every doctors appointment.... just in case..

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: Michael Betts

Maybe you should of just looked up and old bill from your previous doc. This letter makes no sense at all. Maybe you for got to include some of the facts.

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