Worried about keeping an upcoming CKD lab and nephrologist appointment
My last lab and nephrologist appt was in Sept. With stage 3a ckd diagnosis, I was concerned that the next visit was scheduled 6 mos later and am
becoming increasingly worried about keeping an August appointment. I postponed an earlier "phone" consult because of worry about "walkins" at the lab the neph. uses exclusively.
With the exception of the nephrologist and opthamologist, all other physicians I see are connected to our large hospital and all labs and tests are administered through that system. The nephrologist, although referred through the referral service used by my pcp, uses an independent lab, Quest Diagnostics. My two visits there, before the Covid outbreak, found the lab crowded; I was told their online results might take up to 6 weeks and that the doc could provide a copy much faster. Welll, yes… Quest is a huge organization which has been very involved in Covid testing.
The 20 minute wait for an earlier phone inquiry about special precautions being taken now was so long, I finally hung up before the lab receptionist came on the line.
I can ask my pcp for another nephrologist referral specifically for one who uses the hospital complex but that will further delay specific lab results for the kidney. I can "take my chances" at Quest and see the current neph. and then make a request for a new neph. referral. I'm just writing my thoughts here. Wish I'd thought to ask pcp for a referral earlier but I didn't hoping that by August, the virus spread had lessened. Now, my state is one of the three "hotspots" for Covid spread and hospitalizations/capita.
Would appreciate thoughts from others here. I know we aren't docs but we know the importance of tracking ckd lab values. Upset with myself for being in this predicament but unsure which option to choose. Any other suggestions or opinions? Thank you.