April just keeps playing its tricks on us, refusing to let go of winter. For the third time in 5 days we awoke to snow on the ground. The first two times were just a dusting which disappeared by noon, but this morning there was a serious covering of big fluffy white snowflakes 2" deep.
We had our first medical consultation by phone on Monday, and it turned out very well. This was a new cardiologist who we haven't even met yet, but he had gone over the 85 pages of my complex medical record and provided the best description of my cardiac issues yet. (We have seen 5 different cardiologists in previous lifetimes, but none of them explained things like he did). Since this is a recent referral we were very pleased.
The upshot is twofold, first my heart is performing as it should, which he was encouraged by and therefore we were reassured by. (I have never had the usual heart disease, rather I have some congenital flaws that only showed up once I was ready to retire). This means my past surgeries have worked as they should.
Secondly, we've demonstrated at least to ourselves the value of finding specialists you are comfortable with and have confidence in. I don't know how easy that is in other healthcare jurisdictions, but we have used our GP as well as the doctors we were working with in London, to arrange referrals to four specialists here who cover the gamut of what I need. It's essential to be able to advocate for yourself (or your spouse if that's the case) to be sure you get the care you need and want, and to have a GP who will work with you seeing themselves as just part of a broader team.
It's futile to think any one individual doctor or other medical caregiver will have a complete overview of what you need. Rather you have to put the picture together yourself, and ask for what you need. Of course Mrs. F.G. is my chief medical adviser and advocate. She has an uncanny ability to connect the dots among the many medical details we deal with.
Hope you have less snow than we do, wherever you live!