A positive from a GP

Yesterday, I finally managed an appointment to see our 'thoracic' specialist GP at our surgery and since he is too good a doctor that was no mean feat. Having sat patiently and listened to my long, long list of woes for fifteen minutes, he took my hand and said 'How do YOU want to proceed with medication?' The temptation to hug him, squeeze him and call him George (his name is actually Julian) was almost overwhelming. I left the surgery with a fistful of prescriptions and a smile. So today I will start trialing Azithromycin and see if that helps shift the current deep-seated chest infection ............... ever hopeful and optimistic :)

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  • Glad you feel your getting some help Scrobbitty. It makes such a difference when your docter really cares. Fingers crossed the medication works this time. xx

  • Thanks casper, have crossed the cat's paws too, despite his objections, as I need all the help I can get. The doxycycline wasn't up to the job this time.

  • Oh gosh that's fantastic Scrobbitty - to find a doctor like that. Its funny but my sister was asking if there was a specialist doctor at our surgery and was advising me to find a surgery that had one who specialised in lungs/chest etc. From your experience it sounds like it is something I should be doing. Fingers crossed the new meds. work. Good luck with much love TAD xx

  • If you can find one TAD, then I can only recommend you do, mind you it doesn't guarantee they will all be so empathetic and given the choice between a grumpy thoracic man who isn't supportive or a GP who knows enough who is, I would definitely choose the empathetic one. Firstly have to navigate the chemists .......... what fun that will be ......... NOT but needs must and I must LOL. Thanks for you kind wishes :)

  • Good luck with the new meds scrobbs and well done for finding a doctor who knows. :-) :-) Alison

  • Thanks Alison, sheer good luck though finding a decent one who knows, listens and cares. :)

  • How wonderful it restores your faith in human nature. Im sure he wouldn't have minded if you hugged him probably would have made his day as good as yours.

  • If I had had the energy and breath I might just have done! He is much loved by all his patients and staff alike, no one has a bad word for him which is so refreshing and absolutely restores faith in human nature and GP's in particular. :)

  • Wonderful news, Scrobbitty, finding a doctor who will not only listen, but also include your thoughts into how to proceed with your treatment. I too shall be crossing my fingers in hope this course of mediation works :) x

  • Thank you initial - haven't tried this antibiotic yet and am trying not to pin all my hopes onto a simple tablet but failing in that department....... at least it is a tablet that I have a chance of swallowing and not capsules that refuse to enter my body under any circumstance. :)

  • Brilliant, pleased for you :)

  • Thank you, for once in a long time, something positive which is always the aim but not often achieved in this household. :)

  • I am so pleased for you scrobbity. I wish you all the best with those new meds. Good one 'George', :)

  • Thank you, am trying to summon the energy and controlled breathing enough to do the 'pop' off to the chemist although my days of 'popping' are now severely curtailed. Perhaps no bad thing LOL :)

  • Do hope the new meds will help. It is so lovely to see you posting again. I was and am a great fan.

    regards Dozy.

  • Thanks Dozy - I have just braved 'outside' to collect the meds and am delighted to see that the tablets aren't horse-pill sized and I may be able to swallow them without too much hassle. Whether they will do the trick, I shall find out shortly; they need to ! :)

  • Its good to see some good news on here, restores some of my faith in my GP who recommend this site.

    I have a very good GP, who is understanding, he isn't an expert but will try all avenue's.

    Good luck with your new medication, hope it clears your chest infection.

  • Thanks Riverbank, all too sadly quite a few members have unsympathetic and/or useless GP's so I really consider myself lucky on this one. :)

  • Hi Scrobbity. Glad it was good news for you. It's nice when you find a good GP. We had one that left to take over in the practice his Father retired from. We now have another who is a locum and he is very good. My auto corrector just put in locust for me instead of Locum. You would be wondering what I was on if it did. Good job I noticed. I know from what my Husband is like it is rotten to have a bad chest all the time. Hope the new meds are brilliant.

  • Oh Mavary I had to laugh at the 'locust' bit - some of our members probably think that applies to their GP bless 'em. Normally I am a bouncy trouncy person (too bouncy for many LOL) but have to admit recently that the bounce was drowning in a sea of custard - well that's how it felt anyway. Took the first two new pills yesterday and have to say for the first time in what seems like forever, I could actually breathe normally. Long may it last !!! :)

  • Same with my Husband. His breathing is so much better after taking his concoction, it's marvellous how quick they work.

  • So hope this works for you scrobbity.

    I did like your description of the encounter with your thoracic doc :)

    For a speedy recovery, this I am wishing :)

  • So far so good! Day two and trying to find something not containing milk to munch so can take the next pill. Thanks for recovery wishes. :)

  • Hi Scrobbity

    You sound like my husband, he has severe COPD and feels as If he never gets rid of a lung infection - the only time he feels reasonable is when he is taking antibiotics. Our problem is our GP says he doesn't see any evidence of infection and makes my husband feel bad about taking the antibiotics.

    He had a stay in hospital for tests in September - he was taking antibiotics at the time and his Respiratory Specialist agreed with the GP that he did not need to take long term antibiotics.

    We have a really supportive Respiratory nurse at our surgery who told us to ignore both GP and Specialist - if the short term antibiotics make a difference to my husband's breathing and oedema then take them when he fells he has an infection.

    My husband is so low at the moment it would be great if the GP and Specialist would think out of the box for a change - my husband doesn't produce sputum, so with out any evidence they just won't take my husband's word.

    It not only frustrating but little by little I see him deteriorating and doing less and less - I feel their attitude is endangering his life!

    I just wish that there were more decent doctors out there!


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