If you’re like a lot of people (and like me) you have probably put off getting a regular check up since the first Covid lockdown. Especially because health centres and hospitals were definitely NOT the healthiest places to be and were also overwhelmed by coping with Covid patients. I did manage to get a CT scan done last September, and a follow up blood test in October in preparation for my oncology revision. Which didn’t happen. Following the protocol, once the scan report is ready and blood test done, we are supposed to call oncology and leave a message asking for a revision appointment. Then I heard that the oncology department at my hospital was being used for Covid patients so I reckoned that I wouldn’t be getting an appointment any time soon. In any case, I’d already had a nuclear medicine doctor friend read the scan report and she told me everything was fine, so no rush. And then I forgot! Until maybe Jan-Feb, so I called to request my revision appointment and… nothing happened. Then a couple of weeks ago I decided to try again, even though we’re told not to leave multiple request messages. FINALLY got a call back this week and got a thorough telling off by the oncology receptionist for leaving it so long. Whatever. I am now awaiting an appointment form for another CT scan (“the last one is useless by now!”), which I’m told will come in the mail. Fine.
Meanwhile, I got to thinking I should probably get a more recent blood test done too and got in touch with my GP. Then I got to thinking about all the niggling health issues I usually only remember at 3 in the morning and decided to make a list. So today I went through the list with my GP and next week I’ll not only get the blood test but also an ECG. I got my blood pressure checked (a bit high), blood oxygen level tested (good) and then the doc had a good listen to my lungs (nothing). I asked him about me GOING BALD and he said after the blood test comes back he’ll have a better idea of what sort of treatment to recommend. I also asked him about my next vaccine jab as there is a huge kerfuffle now about people who had AstraZeneca first now opting for Pfizer second time round, with mixed and confusing messages from the EU and Spanish medical reports. He said just to stick with AZ since it’s all pretty much experimental at this point, and I agree. After that I was given my little urine cup and sent home, feeling like I’d actually GOT SOMETHING DONE. It was a really good idea to take a list with me since I always forget things, and Dr A was very patient with going through each point with me. Now fingers crossed I get a reasonably clean bill of health and proper treatment for anything dodgy they find. I want my hair back!
Deb Barnes said:
I have the hair issue too – no actual bald spots but you can see my scalp on top. I never even thought of asking the doctor about it, but then I rarely go (I’m diabetic so see the nurse regularly for a review of bloods, but I can’t even remember last time I saw the doc, it must be going on for 5 years!) But when I do go they’re always rushed because they’re already running late and I feel bad about taking up time for anything other then whatever I’ve gone in for. Maybe next time I go I’ll take a leaf out of your book and take a list. After all, as I rarely go I’m not exactly a drain on the doctor’s time.
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That’s me! The see-through hair on top. You should get it checked because the treatment will depend on the cause, whether it’s hormonal, physical, stress related, etc. When my doc first looked at my head he said he would make an appointment with a dermatologist, then said better to wait until my blood test results came back.
I never think I am “taking up time” because that’s their job. Anyhow, when I made the appointment I said it was to discuss a few things.
I have put appointments etc. On hold too. So next week after my second jab I will pick up ophthalmologist for cataract revision, rheumatologist ( knees have definitely deteriorated) and the doctor looking after my parathyroid/hypercalcaemia problems. I have had 3 to 4 monthly blood test because of my Methotrexate treatment…..which also causes hair loss!!
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I think the Covid pressure has eased. I went on Friday and got my two appointments for Tuesday morning. And it could have been for Monday but I’m expecting a delivery that morning. Yikes – that’s a lot of blood tests! I always dread mine because it’s hit or miss whether they’ll actually find a vein without jabbing me all over the place first.
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