Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Under the weather.....

No, it’s not Coronavirus!

Normally I organise an appointment with the surgery online, no longer available. Could walk around and go in, no longer available. Several hours of phoning non stop before eventually getting through. Normally our receptionists are very friendly but are obviously feeling the strain.

We aren’t doing any normal appointments she said. Oh, but I think I have an ear infection starting up. Oh said she, I’ll put you on the triage phone back with your doctor. He phoned back a couple of hours later.

After checking several times on whether I had or have a cough, temperature, been abroad etc (obviously Coronavirus checks), we got down to what symptoms I actually had. Cheek ache, ear pressure, persistent mild sore throat, aching neck, armpits, groin etc, for nearly 4 weeks.

Normally he would have seen me he said but not now, was I happy with that. Yes said I. He decided it was pharyngitis and/or tonsillitis and sinusitis, and prescribed a low dose of antibiotic, unless I wanted the full high dose, no said I. Are you OK for paracetamol said he, yes thank you said I.

I picked my prescription up an hour later. We shall see how things go. I don’t feel ill, just under the weather but was beginning to feel myself going down more each week. I can call again he said if after taking them, it still hasn’t cleared.

14 comments:

  1. Glad you've spoken to doc and got some antibiotics, hopefully they'll kick in soon (takes a couple of days doesn't it). I've got terrible hayfever at the mo, good reason for not going out (if i was even allowed!) as people don't tend to like you sneezing at the moment!

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    1. When we were in a food shop the other day, someone sneezed and everyone turned to look at them.

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  2. Get well soon. Even minor ailments feel more miserable at the moment. I hope the antibiotics do the job.

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    1. Thanks, I was trying to hang on but it was dragging me down.

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  3. Hope the anti-biotics work. I didn't realise doctors weren't seeing anyone now

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    1. They do see really ill people but you have to wait in the car, or outside, until called in. One in one out. Pharmacy is closed, have to collect round the back through a window.

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  4. Conincidentally my grown up daughter has a similar problem. She waited all day for a phone consultation yesterday and the GP rang her at 6.30 for a virtual consultation. Prescribed antibiotic ear drops to pick up today. Hopefully these will help her as she's been in agony for a day or two. I hope you start to feel better soon. The GPs must be run off their feet at the moment. I usually type 50-60 letters a day for the NHS via self employment but this has dwindled at present and the couple I did yesterday were both virtual clinics (by phone) with a wound inspection via face-time.

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  5. Hopefully you will start to feel better once the meds kick in. I'm glad you were able to get some help.
    xx

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  6. I hope the meds help and quickly. Take care.

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  7. Get well soon. I feel so sorry for our overstretched medical personnel

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  8. I hope you soon feel better, the antibiotics should help. Aren't we lucky to still be able to get some help, at least over the phone.

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