I spoke to my GP today, asking for a set of blood tests. He agreed to all but one and explained that he simply didn't think the lab would do the one we agreed to leave out. (Not T3, I was asking for sex hormones.)
I then asked if I could have a copy of all my notes. He said I could, but it would be "an awful lot of photocopying". So I explained that I didn't really want all the notes anyway, just historical results going back to when I was first ill in 1976. I said that in an ideal world I'd like an appointment with a nurse so that she could give me the results.
He offered me the use of a room when they have a quiet afternoon so that I can sit down with my notes and go through them myself. He said that would "be a lot cheaper" than asking for a set of photocopies and that they were "your notes" so I was entitled to see them if I want to.
He's never taken any interest in diagnosis, symptoms or treatment, but so far hasn't tried to block me from taking control for myself. I know I'm missing something as I've gone backwards in the last few weeks and I'm trying to see if there are any clues buried in my notes. So many things have changed since I started thyroid/adrenal treatment, yet I still have the get-up-and-go of an underactive, elderly, sloth. There's a missing link and I want to see if I can find it.