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    Well, knock me over with a feather!

    Last week I got a phone call from my family doctor's office (a colleague of his to be exact) to check out how I've been doing. I'm pretty sure that things are slow in the clinics around here, people are staying away in droves due to the virus. Anyway, we had a nice chat, went over my medical info and prescriptions, and I'm right on track. No visit required, virtual or otherwise. That's good news, because when I saw it was the clinic calling I thought "ack! - that's never good". Glad I was wrong!

    Now today I got a call from one of the provincial mental health counselors who runs a therapy group I'd been part of. He too was just checking up on me. It was actually quite nice to talk with him, even though I'm doing as well as one can expect right now. It was good to touch base and I felt a little more secure somehow after our chat. I wasn't aware I was feeling insecure, but I guess it wouldn't be surprising with all the uncertainty around us. Regular counseling appointments are all done by phone right now, but the office is still functioning. And instead of Monday to Friday walk-in help there's Monday to Friday phone in help. A pretty decent setup under the circumstances I'd say..

    He said things have been a bit slow lately so they're wondering whether there will be an influx once "opening up" Saskatchewan gets going. He also mentioned a federal government online mental health program and will be emailing info later in the week. Unless of course he's needed to work the special phone line they have to support the health workers' mental health. All interesting information.

    uni

    ~ it's always worth it ~

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    I've had phone appointments with both my GP and my neurologist, and a video appointment with my psychiatrist. Nobody's seeing people in person here unless it's truly unavoidable, and I don't blame them. Because of the whole setup with my schooling I spend 8 months in one city on my own, and 4 home with my family. I'm home right now, but none of my medical care is here because this isn't where I spend most of my year. So phone and video appointments mean I still get care, and can avoid making the drive, too.
    Pressure makes diamonds....

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      #3
      Hello Uni. I've had 3 appts replaced by telephone appts. I like not having to go to the doctors but my radiologist appt is supposed to be every 4mths. It really can't be replaced by a phone call as my neck needs to be felt by human hands and by putting a scope part way down my throat in order to see if there any new growths. There is not much he can ck by phone. He spent a whole 6 minutes talking with me.. My appt with my GP(by phone) was mediocre and took 10 min. My appt with my psychiatrist lasted 23 minutes and went very well. So I guess that I have to give the medical system a bare pass on their performance. I'm sure that a lot of nurses would like to not have to go into work too, but that is not possible. Actually I have to get an injection every two weeks and the nurse has been really good about it. She sez she is much less busy due to the virus, but I thank her for her working during trying times.

      Anyways thx for letting me blow off some steam. Take Care paul m.
      "Alone we can do so little;
      Together we can do so much"
      Helen Keller

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        #4
        I guess it's all uncharted territory no matter where you live. Gossip, I hope you enjoy the four months with your family! Paul, I'd be frustrated too in your situation. I hope you can get a proper checkup soon. Blow off more steam here if necessary (that wasn't much compared to some people I know )!
        uni

        ~ it's always worth it ~

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