Coronavirus: Are you afraid of "bothering" your doctor or the health services?
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I hope you're all doing well.
We will soon be publishing the results of our global survey on COVID-19 and chronic illness. This study allowed us to measure the impact of COVID-19 on access to care and quality of life for patients with chronic illness in real time.
I will let you know as soon as the results are out!
But what about you? Have you had any medical appointments cancelled or rescheduled?
Have you made the choice not to "bother" your doctors, thinking they might be busy in the field?
Have you experienced any shortages of your medications? Have you changed or stopped taking your treatment?
Feel free to share with us here.
Take care and stay safe,
@Courtney_J This is an interesting question. I think in a way, especially right now, I don't want to bother my GP or medical team. I'm usually not afraid to give them a ring when I have questions, but right now I find myself going more to the internet or coming here or to other sites I'm on because I know the health system is overwhelmed right now. But if I were to have an emergency like an attack or a broken bone I would definitely phone 999 in a heartbeat. But if I have just a head cold (not the coronavirus) or a question about my medicine or something minor such as that, I think right now I'm more hesitant to ring.
I am most certainly not changing my medications right now, though. I think the general advice across the board has been to not change anything unless your team says to, so I'm sticking to that. I think stopping something would put me at more risk than taking my current treatment.
While this lockdown is in place ,I gave become increasingly despondent. My level of anxiety is increasing day by day this continues. I take regular exercise doing 6kms daily with weight training after my walk for about 30 minutes. I am becoming more depressed as this goes on. I know my doctor is under pressure and my problems seem minor compared to what's happening. Well that's me for now.
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I agree with @JHubby, I can sense that my doctor is underpressure too, and though I'm not having any major issues, when I have a question or something is bothering me I just feel like they are insignificant compared to what the medical staff and victims are going through, so I just "grin and bear it" as they say
At the moment I am not trying to 'bother' my doctor... My Pharmacy has been great and managed to request 2 urgent prescriptions for me during a change of dosage of epilepsy medication and running short of one medication. They also delivered to me during this time; this was greatly appreciated.
I phoned my Pharmacy this morning just to 'thank them' for helping me during this time; they are always as efficient and caring, and just a little bit of thanks goes a long way!
I have medical issues to discuss with my doctor, but feel they have more important cases to deal with. Once all returns to normal, then I will proceed with my regular blood tests and discussion of medical aspects.
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DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHERE YOU CAN GET A FREE NEBULISER THANKS
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity UK
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