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Re: Scared about my future

sometimes thats the best thing to do @redhead safely of course. how has the new day treated you?
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Re: Scared about my future

@scared01 I was discharged, saw a support worker and now I'm lying in my bed trying not to over think everything
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Re: Scared about my future

@redhead its good that youve been discharged and saw your support worker. did you find speaking to her/him helpful? maybe you could do something to distract yourself from your thoughts just something easy going like some crossword puzzles, reading a book, listening to music, drawing or contacting a helpline if you need?
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@scared01 sorry I didn't reply it's just things are intense and I can't think straight.

I have so many unanswered questions, I don't even know if it's cancerous. I have a eye specialist appointment on Tuesday to see how the tumour is affecting my eyes because of its position.
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Hey @redhead, sounds like a lot of question marks Heart Do you have support from your case manager etc throughout this?

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@Bree-RO my CM is on leave. I haven't been able to talk to her.
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Re: Scared about my future

@redhead it must be hard to not have your CM to talk to when you're struggling. Have you been able to talk with anyone else? What's been helpful for you these past couple of days?

Re: Scared about my future

hi @redhead maybe write a list of all your questions and make an appointment with the specialist so that you can talk and get all these questions and worries answers..?
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Re: Scared about my future

if that bad come how u only just found out from the mri months ago I heard back from an mri that week sounds weird to me

Re: Scared about my future

Hey @eslin,

 

Welcome to RO. Unfortunately, healthcare can vary a lot across Australia, so there can be any number of reasons why it takes longer for an MRI to get back to one person versus another. Sometimes the scans are tricky, and require additional time for radiologists to vet before they forward them back to your doctor. Sometimes scans get lost in the mail, and get bounced around the postal system until someone eventually figures out where they were meant to go. Other times, imaging clinics and GPs can just be so busy that you might not be able to get an appointment with them until a month or even longer down the line - this is particularly common in rural areas where there might only be 2 doctors in a 100km radius.

 

Just to give you an idea of how bad it can get - just about the entirety of Western Australia other than Perth is considered "a District of Workforce Shortage" for Diagnostic Radiologists, as well as the entirety of the Northern Territory. You can actually look it up here, if you're a giant nerd like me who likes to look at health systems data. If you fall within the blue areas (districts that DO receive an average or above-average amount of Medicare-supported services), then great - you can get stuff like blood tests, urine samples, MRIs/X-rays done and get the results back within a week, or sometimes even less. If you don't, though...well, you could be waiting for quite a long time.

 

All of which is to say - there could be any number of reasons why you got your MRI back within a week, when it took redhead months to get hers. It sucks that there's that much inequity within the system, but for the moment, it's kinda just what we're stuck with, until the government can start convincing more doctors and healthcare workers to move out rurally.