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« Reply #100 on: October 20, 2020, 12:43:23 PM »

Just hanging around a hospital is a risk factor for MRSA.
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« Reply #101 on: October 22, 2020, 08:57:20 AM »

And CMV and VRE.  Hospitals are the worst at virus control.
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« Reply #102 on: November 02, 2020, 05:58:35 PM »

If your hospital offers Telehealth for a consultation, would you use it or prefer an in-person appointment?  Which do you think your practitioner would prefer?  Do you think that hospitals are germ factories, to be avoided at all costs?  What if it's your first appointment with a new doctor?  What if you personally like and respect the members of your care team but haven't seem them since the pandemic began?  Do you think there is any value in a face-to-face encounter?
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« Reply #103 on: November 02, 2020, 08:41:12 PM »

If your hospital offers Telehealth for a consultation, would you use it or prefer an in-person appointment?  Which do you think your practitioner would prefer?  Do you think that hospitals are germ factories, to be avoided at all costs?  What if it's your first appointment with a new doctor?  What if you personally like and respect the members of your care team but haven't seem them since the pandemic began?  Do you think there is any value in a face-to-face encounter?

I had a telehealth consultation for my first appointment with a hematologist and felt comfortable with that, as did the doctor.  I was very grateful that this alternative was on offer.  But mine was a pretty straightforward case, so for me, it was perfect. 

I plan to ask for a telehealth consult with my tx neph next month for my annual checkup.  I get labs done regularly as I am supposed to, and I've had my tx long enough to recognize issues if I had them.  I have no issues so feel no need to put myself or others at risk with an in-person visit when those appointments mostly are just reviewing my labs and answering the usual questions.  If I felt the need to discuss something in person, then that's what I would do.

Yes, I think there is value in a face-to-face encounter if a patient has concerns or questions they may not quite know how to ask.  For someone with a new transplant or with ongoing issues, definitely there is value in such a visit.  I personally like and respect the members of my care team, but I don't want to put them at risk, just as I don't want to put myself at risk.  I also think about the other patients in the waiting room, the nurses, and the support staff, and that's just too many people involved in the whole in-person appointment adventure.

I do think hospitals are germ factories, but that does not mean I think they should be avoided at ALL costs.  I had to go to one or else I may have lost my kidney from severe dehydration, and I made the decision to take the risk that hospitals pose. 




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« Reply #104 on: November 03, 2020, 03:10:49 AM »

If your hospital offers Telehealth for a consultation, would you use it or prefer an in-person appointment?  Which do you think your practitioner would prefer?  Do you think that hospitals are germ factories, to be avoided at all costs?  What if it's your first appointment with a new doctor?  What if you personally like and respect the members of your care team but haven't seem them since the pandemic began?  Do you think there is any value in a face-to-face encounter?

Hello enginist, this is an interesting question and I was wondering about it as well. Perhaps the consultation needs to be conducted according to your particular medical needs at this moment? If, for example, you are in pain and/or have swollen limbs i.e. swollen ankles etc. you most certainly need a medical examination by the doctor in person. Whereas if you just have a medical question and/or medical check-up, which only needs to be verbally explained and/or talked over, it might be much more safe for you to talk about it over the phone and/or see the doctor over the computer-facility?

Best wishes and good luck from Kristina. :grouphug;
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« Reply #105 on: November 03, 2020, 09:03:13 AM »

Thanks, Kristina and MM.  For their sake as well as mine, I'll keep the visit virtual.
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« Reply #106 on: November 13, 2020, 02:46:29 AM »

I had a teleconference with my new urologist.  The medium was effective but the communication was not.  The call was rushed and the guy didn't listen.  Few things are as bad as doctor who doesn't listen.  This was odd because he was recommended by my previous urologist, an outstanding physician.  Maybe the new one was having an off day.  Or maybe he doesn't have a good phone-side manner.  Either way, I hope it improves.  I don't want to go doc shopping, which involves a lot of luck and is often unproductive.
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« Reply #107 on: November 13, 2020, 10:07:42 AM »

I'm really sorry to hear that, enginist.
I guess I'm lucky that I've found the opposite to be true. I feel like when I went into the office the Dr was constantly looking at papers and not really listening to me.
Now he seems to listen and look me in the eye more often. I feel like we have almost real conversations and he is less rushed.
Maybe you can get them to do a tele-health appt. instead of a phone call. That way they can see you and have to look you in the eye.
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« Reply #108 on: November 13, 2020, 02:27:05 PM »

Hey Jules--

You're probably right.  A doctor always has something to distract him in the clinic, even if he's on the phone.  I think my guy was trying to read and talk at the same time.  But something like FaceTime would force him to provide his full attention.

Hope you're still at Stage 3.
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« Reply #109 on: November 27, 2020, 07:58:18 PM »

Covid outbreak has spread to a transplant unit; one of the most active in the country: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/outbreak-at-university-hospital-spreads-to-organ-transplant-and-cardiac-units-1.5818957

Public health authorities are pinpointing staff saying they let their guards down during work breaks (I guess de-masking and getting close) and in other stories I read stating that the workers should have limited social contacts outside of work, but they didn't.

Hopefully the transplant patients currently on the floor (as well as the other sick patients) will be as okay as can be considering the situation.
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