By working your way through a phone tree that seems endless, you might be able to leave a recorded message asking your doctor to call you.
But today a relatively small but increasing number of doctors will permit you to communicate by email. Usually this is done by giving you the email address of the doctor's assistant. Given the onerous amount of paperwork doctors are burdened with these days, it's understandable that most would not want to open the flood gates to direct one-on-one emails. But I have one on my team with whom I'm able to exchange emails.
In communicating matters of substance that require clarity and accuracy, I know I'm better off using e written communication rather than oral.
Here's an email I sent out Thursday to my neurologist and the doctor who handles my blood pressure issues. It provides an example of how an email can provide important information completely and accurately and frees the doctor of the need to take notes. It also provides an update on my No. health concern these days -- the erratic ups and downs in my blood pressure readings that I discussed last week.
Email Regarding Erratic Blood Pressure Readings
- See if the peaks and valleys in the bp readings would be smoothed by taking less carbidopa/levodopa at more frequent intervals, i.e. 1.5 tablets every 2.5 hours
- Try a low dose (10mg) of the bp medication nifedipine.
- Try a low dose of the Parkinson's disease (PD) medication dopamine agonist.
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