It might be silly season ....my two visits to the 'new' GP ( now 'old' GP as we've just sacked him) have given my husband and I much to laugh about. Last week we registered, had a general check up and had blood taken. Today I picked up the results.
----Doc: T3? Listen - it's not important. ( That's why I ignored you and didn't request it)
----Doc: Hormone panel? No. You didn't need it. ( That's why I ignored both of you)
----Doc: Hashimotos? Antibodies? Listen. This Hashimotos (with a dismissive shake of the hand) - you have it and then it's stable. Nothing changes...nothing happens. ( That's why I ignored you and didn't request it.)
---Me: But doctor - the antibody count does change and anyway, it's a progressive autoimmune disease...and eventually will cause (obvious-even-to-you) problems with my thyroid so I'd like to know what's happening...humour me!
---Doc: ( Shakes head...pokes me on the arm): Maybe you know more than me, eh?
---Doc: Vit D? Oh listen - it's all the fashion to supplement and I don't understand why. A couple of hours in the sun and you'll be fine. ( Levels: 52 nmol husband; 72 nmol me.)
....Doc: Ferritin? Iron? Oh..why? Did you want to know?
....Doc: Triglycerides? Not important. You don't need to know. ( That's why it hasn't been tested) And that rise in LDL? Eat less butter maybe? ( For the record doc my triglycerides, unlike the LDL, are usually very low - and btw, I'm dairy free!)
....Me: I think I have low stomach acid. Doc: Low stomach acid?? No no - you have too much acid! Maybe I can give you something.
...Doc: So your weight problem...( from 8 stone to 12 stone in 15 years) You want to lose weight? I can't give you thyroxine you know. ( Did I ever mention I wanted it?!!!!!) Maybe do more sport? Eat less?? ( Yes. He really said this!)
....Doc ( to my husband): Loss of libido? After 15 years of marriage that's normal.
....Doc ( to me) Loss of libido? Well, when you put on kilos....
....Doc ( in response to my questions regarding body hair loss, daily fatigue, poor sleep, shivers at night, weak nails, infections, aching wrists and fingers) BIG FAT SILENCE.
And while this might be common in countries where healthcare is public, healthcare here is not public. Insurance and out of your own pocket. All of these tests we would have paid for.
Oh well. A new depth has been reached.
The search for a new doctor begins again....