EP vs. cardiologist
I am told by my cardiologist thatI have to make a decision between seeing him only on a regular basis or switching to the EP full time. My dilemma is this: I really like the cardiologist but I really dislike his device nurse. At best I think she's inept and I strongly suspect she's incompetent. One advantage is the company sends a representative to be present for the appointments.
I very much like the EP but I understand that my procedure is over and I probably don't need an EP. He has offered to manage my medications and continue seeing me. I've liked their device clinic. The downside is frankly it's the busiest practice I've ever seen. They have 17 doctors and literally thousands of patients.
I had an appointment today with the cardiologist and he informed me that he thought I had moved all of my care to the EP. This is what this device nurse told him. I had specifically told her I was not doing that. I opted not to say anything other than I never said that. I felt uncomfortable and I felt our relationship was not as warm as it had been.
I think it all comes down to I can't speak with the doctor directly when I call. I have to relay my concern or message through a nurse who may or may not convey it accurately. The device nurse is more than that. I think I didn't need to see him today but when I called with a concern about my medication, the nurse taking the call concluded I needed to come in to see him. He clearly didn't agree and I didn't see the point as it could be handled on the phone. I can see there is a practice problem but off hours, I've been assured the doctors are excellent at getting back to you although I've personally never called them off hours.
I'm thinking I'm best to stay with my cardiologist who really has been thorough in trying to help me and hope for the best on the device nurse. From what I understand I may only have to see her in person once a year. And I'm hoping with a company representative present, I can make the best of the appointment with their inclusion. I'll be honest, I can't imagine letting this woman make adjustments to my pm. This is precisely what she said to me on the phone about my interrogation:"I'm going to make your heart rate go very fast and you're not going to like it, but I have to do it "
Lord be with me.