Tuesday, 23 March 2021

More Medical Moaning

As I predicted back in January, Covid-19 has once again disrupted my treatment, albeit this time it appears it was the hospital communication processes that were been struck down. In late February I received a letter cancelling the March in-patient appointment, which had already been pushed back from early February. The day I received the cancellation letter I received another one dated the same day scheduling a telephone consultation at the precise date and time of the cancelled in-patient appointment. Presumably the appointment system couldn’t cope with simply sending one letter converting an appointment from in-patient to a telephone consultation?

When consultation day arrived I made sure to clear my work diary around the scheduled time, and sat patiently with both landline and mobile at hand, I didn’t even dare pop to the loo for fear of missing it. I waited and waited, but alas, no phone call ever came, nor were there any missed calls or voicemails.  The next day I called the appointments line and was eventually able to leave a message with the Nephrology department. The day after that I received a call back to inform me that the doctor had attempted to call me, but had been unable to get through. They confirmed both my mobile and landline number were correct on the system, and I know for a fact that both were in working order on the day itself, yet for some reason neither were reachable at the time of the consultation.

Of course, it is possible that by some strange coincidence, both my landline and mobile were disconnected from their respective networks at just as the doctor called, only to be reconnected shortly after. I think it’s more likely that the doctor simply tried a wrong number and then moved on when it didn’t work, which is why there were no missed calls and no messages. Occam’s Razor and all that!

Instead, I got a copy of the letter to my GP advising my condition is stable, that the Alfacalcidol medication should be doubled and that as my platelet count has been chronically low since 2013 it will be referred to Haematology for assessment. A low platelet count does explain a few things, but none of them are particularly worrisome, which I suspect is why it’s taken eight years for it to be picked up. Of slightly more concern is that the target range for blood pressure is lower than what I’m typically achieving on my home readings.     

It will be interesting to see if anything at all comes off the back of this letter, I’m inclined to think not.

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