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September 30, 2021
My frustration was that my provider, first time visit for me, wanted to do a follow up ultrasound beyond the original ultrasound I had done a few weeks ago, which we were reviewing. I understand the precaution, but it would have been so much better to have that included in the original ultrasound order. Coming back again for the ultrasound will be an inconvenience, as it's about 2 hours of travel time to/from the clinic, on top of which I will have a substantial out-of-pocket cost for me, much beyond what it would have cost if the area for the ultrasound was included in the original scan. As this sounds like a routine ultrasound, it should have been ordered by the surgeon to go with the original ultrasound. While this was not the fault of the provider I saw, it shows a level of lack of coordination at the clinic, causing me significant inconvenience and cost that could have otherwise been avoided. I think providers some times lose sight how their orders for further diagnostics can cause inconvenience and expense for the patients, which is galling when it could have been avoided with a little more coordination and forethought.
September 23, 2021
I had vascular surgery on August 31st and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the nurses who took care of me and the procedure itself. The experience was really one of the best medical procedures I've had because of the care that was taken. Truly thank you to everyone that worked that day but especially the nurses in the operating room!
About Christine M. Leafdale
Christine Leafdale, MN, ARNP is a board-certified nurse practitioner who believes in creating long term partnerships with her patients and feels strongly that the best outcomes occur when patients and providers work together to set realistic goals to improve health and well being. Christine enjoys seeing surgical and nonsurgical patients in the hospital and clinic settings. She has extensive experience with wound healing. She values the importance of research and has served as sub-investigator on numerous clinical research trials.
Her free time is spent hiking with her dogs and competing in the sport of Dressage.
Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, 2004, American Nurses Credentialing Center