Monday, August 24, 2020

Dear Doctor

I expect the lovely Sami may have received some calls from distressed patients and I am sure it can be emotionally hard going to receive such calls. So many people are doing the hard yards and are at risk from COVID or just job stress.

I need some new prescriptions from my doctor of 26 years. I don't feel the need to actually see my doctor, and I expect if I did I might burst into tears. That would be unfair on him. (That is probably a lie. Of course I would hold it together.......I think) I am sure he has enough to deal with, without a stupid old emotional queen in tears of pity for himself and the world.

So, I will put myself in the hands of reception staff to advise me about new scripts. Telehealth? Phone call? Video call? Just pick up your 'scripts? I will see what reception staff say tomorrow.

23 comments:

  1. Marry a doctor!

    I did.

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    1. I know Hels. While ethics prevent him from him being your doctor, I am sure he offers advice.

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  2. We've called our doctors and asked for the refills. Since we are still not going in yet to our Primary Care Doctors, they happily oblige.
    I do have an appointment in September with my Dermatologist for a Cancer check. So far that one is a go!

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    1. It is important to be checked for skin cancers. Do have that check Maribeth.

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  3. So sorry that you are having so many problems lately - the hot water in your apartment and the phone and the charge card and now getting a prescription. Hope it all improves.

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    1. Gigi, so do I hope things improve.

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  4. The last time I needed a repeat prescription, I phone my Doc' and she said just to pick it up at the reception desk. I'm hoping she'll do the same again for my next one!

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    1. Cro, I expect that may be what will happen.

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  5. Tough times.
    Had a tele-appointment where by the Doctor phoned me he then sent the script to the pharmacy and I collected..

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  6. My husband Dave has had tele-appointments with his doctors with varying degrees of success. Hopefully your scripts will come readily and without too much trouble! Just another of the bazillion ways Covid-19 has bollixed up all our lives.

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    1. Bollixed Steve. A perfect descriptive word.

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  7. A few weeks ago a friend of mine up here had to have a flu injection (her elderly mother...103 years of age...is in the aged care facility here on the mountain, and all visitors had to have the injection if they wanted to visit their relatives etc., at that time)...and to have the injection, she had it by "drive-by"...outside the doctor's premises. She didn't have to get out of her car.

    Perhaps that will be how you will be able to get your prescription. I hope it all works out simply for you you.

    Keep your chin up...keep smiling...but if you feel like a good, old cry...have one...let the tears flow. Better out then bottled up inside. :)

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    1. Lee, flu vaccine makers have lost out big time this year. There is no flu that I know of in our state. Thanks.

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    2. Having the flu shot, then being allowed in to visit bothers me. It takes a couple of weeks for the shot to be effective within the body, don't they have to wait that long before visiting?

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  8. Good luck.
    My (non bulk-billing doctor) insists on a personal appointment to have scripts renewed. I really, really need to find another doctor, but now is not the time.

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    1. EC, mine does bulk bill if all he does is print out scripts but that is rare.

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  9. I need to get renewed prescriptions too and hope I can just get them from the receptionist by phoning in. Trouble is, I changed doctors so I no longer have to travel two buses to get to one and the new clinic is Asian, which doesn't bother me, but I do have trouble with accents on the phone. so maybe I will have to front up with a mask on and ask if I can get the scripts without seeing the doctor.

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    1. River, I was told straight away it would be a telehealth appointment, which is over the phone and the scripts will be delivered to a chemist of my choosing.

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  10. Sounds like a phone in situation to me Andrew, unless you actually have to see the doc 💙

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    1. Grace, yes, a telehealth appointment.

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  11. It seems to me that you have the lockdown syndrom ! Me too ! I really have enough ! I want to go in shops without lines and arrows and washing hands and wearing a mask an suffocate ! I don't want to push a caddie in front of me to keep distance even in I only buy a knob ! I still have to unpack and put away things but my energy disappeared somewhere. I think we are all like that ! When I drive through the city it's dead, nobody wants to buy anything suddenly even women have enough dresses ! Fortunately I love to sit in our living room with this beautiful view and it's quiet and calm and nobody (except my R. ) bothers me !

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    1. Gattina, no one pretends it is easy. Some are actually enjoying the situation. We are not.

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