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How long does it take do get an appointment with a specialist?
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I keep reading online about the tests and level two ultrasound and they have to be done within a certain time frame....especially the amnio (which I decided to do ONLY if he has the soft markers on the level 2 U/S) and I am waiting, waiting, waiting! My phone is TOTALLY horrible and I had messages from my current doctor all last week from the day after my other ultrasound (whenever I annouced I was having a boy she was already trying to get a hold of me!) and my phone never notified me of missed calls OR voicemails! She said they will call me with the appointment time and not the reverse. Is that normal with specialists?

How long will this take? My safe time frame for an amnio is running out and we will have to make hotel arrangements and stuff and I don't even know which facility we will go to or anything. Plus, DD's gymnastics Tumble Jam is coming up and her first ballet recital (in which she has a daddy/daughter piece as well). I kind of hope the appointment will not land on wither of those days, especially the recital since she won't have her daddy and of course both DH and I are fatherless and I am brotherless (his bro in Alaska) we will have a lot of trouble finding a replacement "dad," but I need to go ASAP. Hurry up and call people!!!!!


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Old 05-11-2012, 06:23 AM
 
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I would call them and explain the situation with your phone. I'm sure they will understand!
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Unfortunately, I think it all depends on the specialist. It took me 2 months to get an appointment with my surgeon. It took me a week to get an appointment with the reproductive endocrinologist.

I would think if your ultrasound is time sensitive then they will get you in within the time frame. If it's been a few days since your ob made the referral, call them, explain your tempramental phone and see if they'll make the appointment while you're on the phone.
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go in person to make the appt? I find that when I speak to people face to face it goes better
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:32 AM
 
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I had to have an appointment set up with a nephrologist. When my DR. made the referral the office set up an appointment for over a month away. I called my primary care provider and she called the nephrologist and had her reschedule the appointment for sooner. I was in the next day!


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Maybe I will call my current OB (I may have to switch to the high risk doctor so I am in linbo right now) close to nine or ten. I can't call the place because I don't know which one yet in the bigger city my insurance has decided to send me to, and going in person in not feasible for both that reason AND the fact that it is hours away. Do you think calling the insurance company would be better? I don't know!
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:32 AM
 
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It depends on the specialist and the demand in your area. For a new patient, it's hard to get an appointment around here in neurology and dermatology especially. I hope you can get in soon!!
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:49 AM
 
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I would call current OB if you have not been assigned to a specialist OB yet. Explain your phone situation and they should be able to make the appointment for you while you are on the phone. I was able to get first appointment with specialist within a few days because they wanted to get in the level 2 ultrasound in time. We actually were pushing it and they couldn't get the readings they wanted because my babies are always bigger than "normal".I went through similar things with pregancy about 2 years ago. Had to see specialist OB and regular OB throughout entire pregnancy and then regualr OB ended up delivering. Make sure all of the doctors and practices, etc. are communicating with each other. My doctors each had their own idea of propper care, yet they did not seem to be communicating with each other. After visits with OB or specialist I always had to ask "Are you going to call/send reports to _____ or should I take copies/tell them about treatment, etc." It got to be a little frustrating and did not help my high BP! Good Luck!
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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I almost forgot... Speaking of ultrasounds, here is his new picture. I know usually only the moms like these but they are only this little once!...sometimes I see a typically developing baby and sometimes I see what the doctors might see but either way it is a cute picture because he looks happy in it to me.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:38 AM
 
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I see a beautiful little miracle, growing every minute and waiting patiently for his new world and his family. I'm sure he can't wait to get in your arms, have a snuggle and feel your heartbeat from the other side.
No matter what happens, know that you have the strength to deal with it.

Deep breaths. It will all work out.
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This exact thing...
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...happened to me. It made my pregnancy stressful. I should have had the amino just so I wouldn't be so anxious, but I didn't for the same reasons you mentioned. BTW, my son is perfect and the light of our lives. I am praying for you; however, not matter what, you'll be fine.
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My doctor was not in and her nurse was not at the desk ( maybe an emergency at the hospital?) Dh called the insurance and there was no claim or anything filed and they didn't have any notice of our needing a specialist but that doesn't mean nothing is being done because it has only been a couple of days. She DID say it was kind of an unnecessary step going from doc to them to specialist if the specialist in in network. She said she would just request the test from the doctor's office and then make the appointment sometime today or monday. Yay!

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We're in!!!!!
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The nurse called my husband and said it is a long process that will take three to four weeks and the insurance has to file certain paperwork. WELL, DH called the insurance lady back and she said that the nurse was misinformed. She got the results faxed from the office and since we are in the "extremely high risk" category AND I was running out of time for an amnio to be safely done should that be something we decide to do she got us in NEXT TUESDAY! She is also going to call the genetic counselor PERSONALLY herself and inquire about the new blood test that is not invasive and see if our supplementary insurance can help cover the costs of that (our main insurance doesn't) and call us back with the cost and stuff. Such a GREAT insurance lady! WIsh I knew her name, hopefully DH got it. I seriously want to send flowers to that lady!

It is at the perfect time of day, too...1:00 pm. We can still spend the night at home and leave at a decent time but should be done in time to drive home instead of getting a hotel!!!!!!And we won't be mising rehearsal week or any performances of little DD's.
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I had soft markers noted on my ultrasound 2 for Downs for my 2nd baby. Did not want/get amnio. Healthy baby girl. Not saying you should not opt for amnio. Just sharing an example of soft markers and a healthy outcome .
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:28 AM
 
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Our test came back 1:40 and I guess his neck, his forehead (I think is what they said? Maybe it was nose? I kind of went tharn on the phone) and length of limbs in comparison with his big tummy make us 1:25 "unofficially" since it was not a detailed u/s. Plus, the tech said he moved around so much with such frequency that good measurements were hard to get. He literally flipped and did spins and stuff and she said it was hard to be accurate with him.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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I think I would just call them and tell them that the time frame for amnio is running out and you need to get in asap! Let us know!

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