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.