In the 10th week of a 12 week trial of T3 in addition to T4, I took my blood test form (which the Endo had given me at the beginning) to the local hospital for an 8am test.
Two days later I rang the Endo Secretary and asked about a follow up appt, and explained I only had 2 weeks’ worth of T3 left. She asked how I had been and I said that from around week 2 to week 7 I had felt better than I had for a long time but since then I had experienced some symptoms and thought I might benefit from an increase of some kind . Obviously she did not discuss the blood results with me.
I had spoken to the secretary on Friday afternoon . On SUNDAY afternoon the Endo rang me to discuss how I felt, and the results. T3 is now in top 25% of range and T4 is in bottom10%. Said, if I wanted to, I could try adding 25mcg of T4 and retest in 10 weeks. TSH is undetectable - as it has been for years but it’s irrelevant. He has given me another ‘script to last for another 12 weeks.
He was pleased that I felt better and couldn’t have been more accommodating or reasonable. This is not a private consultant - I have only seen him via NHS - he apologised for calling me on a Sunday but he was working from home as his clinics are so busy and he had picked up the test results and messages from his Secretary.
In my area (Staffs) I have to applaud our hospital staff. Last Monday I called my knee consultant’s secretary to ask for an appt - and I received an appointment that same evening for 4 weeks hence.
They have been extraordinary and I’m grateful to them.