I’ve seen a lot of healthcare professionals recently. That included:
- my oncologist for my regular appointment (I see her every three months, and this was the second post-chemo check up),
- a gynecologist for a well-woman exam,
- a nutritionist for some diet advice,
- and a general practitioner because, well, I guess I felt it was important to have a GP.
And next month I have a dentist appointment and an appointment with Medical Faculty Associate’s Survivor Clinic.
On one hand, I tell myself I need these appointments. I need a gyno. I need a GP. I need clinical advice from a nutritionist. But on the other hand, I wonder if it’s too much and I’m doing it as a subconscious way to ensure that the healthcare world doesn’t forget about me.
“Hey, I’m still here. I had cancer; it might be gone now, but I still need attention and to be close to those who can care for me if I need care.”
It’s also a bit confusing because sometimes I’m not sure what doctor can play what role in my care. For instance, does seeing my oncologist every three months substitute for seeing a GP every year? Is seeing a gynecologic-oncologist the same as seeing a gynecologist? And can someone please be my personal assistant to keep track of all this crap?
Where is a girl to find answers?