This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post.
Thank you for your kind comments and encouragement to make that phone call. Being reluctant to drive into town and be told, “You have a cold,” I phoned the doctor least likely to ask to see me.
It made sense to stick with the same doctor for worsening of symptoms that had already been discussed, so I called my rheumatologist’s office. She was already aware of the cough since I saw her last week. I left a message, and when I finally got a call back, the answer was:
- skip the Enbrel injection
- keep taking the methotrexate
- phone PCP
It was nearly 5:00 when the call came through, so I couldn’t phone my PCP. That will have to wait until tomorrow, and there are two problems with tomorrow.
First, my PCP doesn’t work on Wednesdays. At least, that’s the official story. He phoned me a couple weeks ago on a Wednesday, so he was working then. I’ve seen him standing in his office on Wednesdays, wearing blue jeans, catching up on paperwork. He does work on Wednesdays; he just doesn’t schedule patients (pretty good time management, if you ask me – which you didn’t). In any event, I’m supposed to call but my PCP won’t be available.
Another problem is that I don’t have a really good track record of phoning the doctor’s office. Their hours and my hours do not mesh. I would have forgotten this morning, despite the coughing, because I was trying to get things done. But I kept getting email notices popping up on my screen with you wonderful people encouraging me to call my doctor, so I finally did.
This might sound small, but it is a huge issue. It can take months between the time I say that I need to phone and when I actually place the call. I get up early and my day is well underway by the time my doctor’s office is answering their phone – by then I’m involved in other activities and lose track of time. I forget about making telephone calls until I take a break for lunch. At that time, my doctor’s office is also taking a break for lunch. Then I’m busy again until I collapse in the evening (when they’re closed). If I could send email, it would be so nice. I could drop them a quick note now, and they could respond at their convenience. Lacking email, I’m trying a sticky-note in the center of my computer screen to see if that will be an effective reminder that I need to make a phone call in the morning.
Third (yes, I know I said two reasons, but I thought of another one), I don’t even remember now why I’m supposed to call. To tell him that I’m skipping this week’s dose of a medicine that a different doctor prescribed? That seems kinda weird, but I think that’s what the rheumy said to do.
I’ll report back again after I’ve talked to my PCP’s office.
Thank you again.