I wrote about 2 months ago concerning my visit to the hospital and the fact that I didn't get to see 'my' cardiologist. I had many replies which were very supportive and agreeing that I should have seen the cardiologist and not the cardiac nurse at the hospital who was unable to make a decision herself and had to revert each time to the cardiologist (the same one that couldn't be bothered to come into the room and speak to me herself)!
Anyway, that is an old story now. I still haven't seen a cardiologist.
Last week I was in bed with the 'flu. Rarely have I felt so ill. The phone rang, it was the cardiac nurse offering me an appointment for this week. I explained that I had the flu and if I survived the day, I would certainly give it some consideration at a time when I felt well enough. She pushed for an appointment the week after and again I gave her the same response. I asked her when i was going to see the cardiologist and she advised me that the cardiologist was aware of me and was overseeing my treatment (well that's alright then)!
The next day a letter arrived from the hospital (I was cc'd on it), telling my GP that 'this lady's 24 hour tape show atrial fibrillation with a mean rate of 90bpm, which I believe is on the high side. The echocardiogram shows normal biventricular systolic functions. I believe she is on Bisoprolol 5mg bd and Diltiazem 120mg RD od. We need to increase this further.........we need to increase the dose of Diltiazem and possibly even reintroduce a dose of Digoxin.....'. All this and I've never even met the writer!! How about that? I'm furious that someone can do this without having ever met the person she is throwing drugs at. Bisoprolol leaves me breathless and tired. My feet are frozen constantly (something that has never happened to me before).
I was going to write a letter of complaint after my earlier visit but erred on the side of caution and thought it best to wait until after the tests had been carried out; I felt sure then that 'my' cardiologist would want to see me to discuss the treatment plan. I shall be composing and sending the letter as soon as possible.
Is this normal? Or is it just me who isn't worthy of being seen by a cardiologist. Is my AF so insignificant that no one really gives a hoot about me?
One other questions if anyone can help. What does 'bd' mean? As in Bisoprolol 5mg bd. Does it mean twice daily?
So sorry this is long winded, but I'm so angry and more than a little upset about being made to feel this way.