I found these funny Doctor related cartons on the Readers Digest Website. Click here to see more…
Last Thursday, I woke up feeling absolutely dreadful. Sore throat, difficulty breathing, bad raspy cough which had me clutching my sides… I didn’t think anything of it, but as the day progressed a few people suggested I checked with a doctor for Swine Flu. I’d been travelling the two days before on trains and was just back from Portugal also.
Feeling worse by the minute and with what I thought was a rocket high temperature, I checked out the symptoms on the internet before calling my doctor. He asked me what my temperature was? Don’t know, but hot was all I was able to say… Hubby went out and bought me a thermometer, took temperature, didn’t have one, it was just the house that was hot! Rung doctor back, he said keep an eye on it and call me tomorrow if you still feel bad.
Next morning, woke up, felt worse than I can ever remember feeling. Hubby called the Dr pronto and got me an appointment for late afternoon. “Quick, call another Dr!” I wailed! I couldn’t wait until late afternoon. So he called another Dr and got me an appointment a few hours later.
How great is that? That’s something I really appreciate about the French health system. General Doctor’s will more likely than not be able to slot you in on the same day. And get this – I was with the Dr a full hour!
In the UK you’d never be able to get a same day appointment in my local doctors surgery and you couldn’t just ring up another surgery to see if they could see you sooner. You’d also normally have to hang around in the waiting room well past your appointment time and then you would see the Dr in a flash. I’m sure I was never seen one for more than 5 or 10 minutes!
This Dr did a full check up, took all my past history as he’d not seen me before, commented on a condition I had which I didn’t think to tell him about. I was seriously impressed. Even more so when he told me I don’t have Swine flu but chronic bronchitis! I am relieved and am beginning to feel a wee bit better – better enough to sit in front of my PC anyway!