GUYS: The Importance of Keeping Medical Appointments

by compound complex 12 Replies latest jw friends

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Greetings, Guys:

    All of us -- men and women -- should keep our medical appointments. I address this post to guys, however, given my own reluctance to go to the doctor. Well, no more. For me, it has been a matter of life and death, in the past, particularly.

    Most recently, though, it was more a matter of being comfortable. Somehow, I missed my last year's annual visit to the urologist. I was forced to go two weeks ago in order to renew my Doxazosin [Cardura(n)] scrip. This visit, I remembered to bring a list of questions. The usual question related to my getting up 6 to 8 times a night to go to the bathroom. Simple solution -- increase my dosage of Doxazosin.

    Now, instead of awakening every 60 to 75 minutes, i sleep 3 to 4 hours at a stretch, needing to get up twice a night. I wake up feeling great!

    Your thoughts, Guys, on this are appreciated.

  • sparky1

    We are not getting any younger! At this stage in our lives, more than ever, we should keep up with regular doctors appointments . I found this out the hard way last March when I had a BAD bout of kidney stones. After 'scanning' my body for the stones, the doctors discovered more serious issues. My liver is riddled with cysts and I have a tumor on one of my adrenal glands. So far, everything seems to be benign and the doctor keeps monitoring my blood work. Take care of far as we know, this is the only life we will ever have.

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Thanks, sparky1, for replying.

    I'm glad you're all right!

  • darkspilver

    It's a big problem, missed appointments - both with the local GP/Doctor and at the Hospital.

    One problem I think is when you get appointments months and months in advance for a six-monthly or annual check-up.

    I think one way that it is being dealt with is by sending reminder SMS's to the patient's cell phone - but what should the message actually say??

    A zero cost way to reduce missed hospital appointments

    Published 4 January 2016

    Around 1 in 10 hospital outpatient appointments are missed every year in England. Missed appointments can lead to worse patient care and waste NHS resources. Many hospitals send patients a text message reminder before their appointment. These reminders are effective and cheap, but there is no evidence about what they should contain in order to minimise missed appointments.

    A randomised controlled trial tested the content of appointment reminders. The best form of words, which told the patients the specific waste to the NHS of not attending, reduced missed appointments by 23% compared to the standard message.

    This is an easy innovation for the NHS to apply. Cutting missed appointments at this rate across England’s hospitals could increase NHS productivity.


  • steve2

    Some hospitals and health providers send text reminders to patients a day or so before the appointment and on the morning of the day of the appointment. Some of the reminders stipulate the importance of keeping the appointment and even state that if the patient no longer needs the appointment or, for any other reason, cannot attend, to please text reply as soon as possible cancelling the appointment so it can be provided to another patient.

    If the patient has been referred to a Specialist service (Opthalmologist, Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon, etc), the text reminder will also disclose whether there will be a financial penalty for failing to attend such as, "Failure to advise the Specialist of Non-attendance will incur a fee of $ etc" Sometimes the penalty is the cost of a one-hour appointment, even if the Service is provided free-of-charge for attendance. Of course, there are always extenuating circumstances and Specialists use their discretion but the use of penalties has reduced non-attendance. In the case where a patient is assessed as not having a good reason for failure to attend, he or she needs to pay the penalty before they can be re-referred.

    The hospital I work for routinely sends out text reminders to all patients and the findings are astonishing:

    DNAs (= Did Not Shows) have reduced from 18 percent of all appointments to 2% - a huge reduction. Obviously the hospital intends to keep using this strategy to reduce DNAs. A colleague has estimated that savings over a year are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    This text reminder service links in with another finding: The earlier an appointment is provided before the patient attends, the greater the number of missed appointments. The explanation is very simple: People forget. Sending text reminders addresses that problem.

  • finallysomepride

    I agree 100%

    I have a medical check up once a year with my GP & have been doing this for 30 odd years, however in Nov 2015 I missed my check up with my skin specialist (skin cancer), around September 2016 I had what I thought was a mossy bite on my face, I itched it and it became a sore over the next week. As I had a beard at the time I really couldn't see it at the time & didn't take enough notice of it.

    This christmas just gone I had what I thought was a BCC show up on the very end of the stitch line of a previous cancer removal on my shoulder.

    This made me think about the small sore on my face, off came the beard & oh shit! I couldn't believe the state of it. I made an appointment at the skin cancer clinic & ended up having 3 removed, 1 on face, 1 on shoulder & 1 very small BCC on my back. The BCC on my face took 15 stitches & the bad news is that I have to go back in 2 weeks to have it done again as a small amount was missed.

  • Sail Away
    Sail Away

    My husband refused to go for a yearly checkup for his entire life (His JW parents are rabidly against medical professionals.) He finally agreed to go when he turned 62. Unfortunately, his primary care doctor missed cancer. The only reason they found it was because my husband had kidney stones. He denied feeling ill and all the pain all summer until he needed emergency surgery. (By the way this was a repeat performance of needing ER surgery to have his gallery bladder removed after the months of denial.)

    The urologist found the cancer. Large tumor, Stage III, Gleason Score 9. Very aggressive cancer. 50/50 chance that 8 weeks of radiation will keep it from metastasis.

    I'm not saying run to the doctor for every little thing. Just be f*cking reasonable.

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Thanks, everyone, for your comments!

    Please see the following thread:


    PSA Test is not the best guide - It can fluctuate for all sorts of reasons apparently.... go for the finger .........................!

  • smiddy

    I was getting up every hour on the hour during the night to go to the toilet getting up in the morning exhausted from lack of sleep went to the doctors for the" finger" test and was told I had an enlarged postrate and opted for "Duodart" capsules which relieved the symptoms 100% and now I get a good nights sleep

    Whatever you do dont be embarrased by the" finger" test , the lady doctor asked me if I had a problem with her doing the test ,I said I dont if you dont ,her reply was if she had a problem with it then she should find another occupation.

    Take care CoCo

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