Recently I changed Cardiologist. My doctor was great but his staff was so horrible I felt like cattle.
The new doctor is great as well as staff, however the Pacemaker monitoring service "PDS" called me to set up new service. I asked about my semi-annual check up and she said, oh no we don't do that. I asked who did and she said "I don't know"
She said that "new" patients were monitored every month for the first year after implant and after that it was every two months. I told her I am new to PDS but I have had my PM since 03 so would I qualify for the every 2 monthes. She disagreed with me saying that I am a new patient because the just started monitoring me and it WAS a new Pacemaker. I again said no, I'm just switching service. She got angry and told me my schedule for call in would be mailed. I asked if I had any imput on the schedule times. She said NO, they are very busy and can not just change like that. I asked what if there was a problem with the readings. She said We don't do readings we just take the signal and send it to the doctor.
I came from a very wonderful and understanding Pacemaker clinic that was based out of a hospital and the nurses who do it check both your history and settings when you call in.
So, I called the new doctor and said I refuse to use this montioring service may I still use my old one. He said sure, it didn't matter to him who I use just so he gets the reports.
I guess the moral of the story is, If something happens, you do have a right to stand up for yourself and have things changed if you're not happy with it.
thanks for reading my vent.