It can feel like life is slipping away.
In the weeks and months ahead, there’s a real risk that you’ll never get a appointment or a doctor to check you for a chronic condition.
So, in this installment of The Health of Your Health podcast, we talk to Dr. Mary Ann Vavra about how you can cope with the fact that you might never get your next appointment or see a doctor at all.
If you’re like me, you may find it difficult to see a physician or find a doctor you trust.
But if you want to, you can try to find an appointment.
It’s the only way to make sure you get a diagnosis and treatment before you get sick.
But there’s one problem: You don’t know what to expect if you don’t get an appointment or don’t have a good reason to get one.
If this sounds like you, listen to this episode of The Daily Health to find out more.
1:55 How to get an urgent care appointment Dr. Vavras advice about getting an appointment in a crisis can help you navigate these dilemmas.
Dr. Elizabeth Dreyfuss: I’m a physician, but I’m also a clinical social worker, and I have to do a lot of patient-centered care.
I’m very concerned about how I’m going to do it, and there are a lot to consider.
So it’s very important to be able to have an appointment, and it’s not like I’m the only one who’s worried about this.
So I’ve been working with a lot people, and we have a whole range of ideas.
I have a colleague who’s been doing this for 30 years.
She’s very good at it, so we have an idea of what we need to do and what’s going to happen.
Dr., Dr. Dreyfeuss: It’s really important to have the information and the context to really have the right answer for your patient.
So you’re going to have to sit down with a health professional who’s going through the same stuff.
They’re going through your history, they’re going over the same things that you are.
And that’s going have to be a good experience.
They have to know you and understand you.
You’re going be there to be with them for an hour, and they’re not going to just be sitting in the waiting room, so you have to have a very strong, passionate, confident relationship with them.
Vavranas advice can help make sure that the information is accurate and you have the confidence to have that conversation.
1 :42 How to deal with urgent care appointments in a stressful crisis What if I don’t want to wait?
What if my life is just slipping away?
I’m in the middle of a divorce.
I just lost my partner.
My life is so stressful.
It feels like there’s no way out.
How do I cope?
MaryAnn Vavram: I would say that you have a two-part question, and that is, do you want a referral or do you need an appointment?
The way I would look at it is that you do need to get a referral.
But the first thing that you should do is, you need to talk to a health care professional.
And the best way to do that is by phone or by email.
I’ve found that that’s really helpful.
It allows you to connect with someone who can provide the best support.
You need to know that your health is important.
If I’m at home, it’s okay if I’m alone.
If the situation is so bad, I would go to a therapist, but there’s also an opportunity for you to go to your doctor.
Vavrananas advice for coping with urgent health care appointments.
You don,t need to have your partner visit you in the hospital, Dr.(Doctor) Vavreas advice on getting an urgent medical appointment.
1 0:05 How to cope with emergency care appointments How can you be sure that you get an emergency health care appointment in time?
There’s a couple of ways you can deal with this.
You can try scheduling an appointment at a hospital, which you can do at any time, or you can wait and hope that you can find an urgent appointment at some point.
Dr Vavrenas advice about emergency care scheduling can help.
Dr Mary Ann: I think it’s really crucial to have these appointments, and to be ready for them.
There’s no need to be in the rush to go see a GP.
The only thing that is going to make you feel like you’re in the hurry is if you are getting a referral from a healthcare professional.
The idea is that if they can get you an appointment and they know you, then you will feel more comfortable.