Doctor Visits

5 11 2010

For the past few days I have not been feeling all that well. Earlier on in the week I therefore started taking some off the counter medicines which Dr Brincat ordered, and also went to figure out how to attend the health clinic at University. Well, the nurse saw me and gave me a quick check up. She told me that I had an inflamed throat but nothing seems so bad. So she registered me with the clinic and told me to come back if I keep feeling sick.

Yesterday the guy sitting next to me in the lab (Ross) left after a doctor’s visit (another doctor, not the Uni one cos he has said that it takes up to a week to get an appointment apparently). Last night I was feeling a bit worse, and in fact after Uni I just went into bed and watched Grey’s anatomy episodes (no complaints).

However, especially since the weekend is coming, I did not know if I would have to wait for a week for an appointment etc, this morning I went to the health clinic at Uni, and asked for an appointment. The receptionist asked if I was willing to see the doctor then, and I said sure. 10 minutes later I was next to the doctor (faster than in Malta 🙂 so no complaints).

Apparently I have a viral infection. The doctor said that it takes around 7-10 days to clear and days 4-5 are the worst. So it seems that I am in the worst part. She also prescribed antibiotics just in case things get worse during the weekend, however I have not started taking them yet. Sticking with Dr Brincat’s prescription for now :). The doctor was really quite nice. We had a chat about my research as well and she sounded interested in what I am doing.

The nice thing at the end? The doctor’s consultation is free. This is what I found strange. Irish residents need to pay Eur 10 for a consultation at the Uni clinic for students or around Eur 60 for other GPs. However since I have a European Health ID Card it is free for me (although not for Irish with an EHIC). I am not complaining…not at all…but I found it a bit strange.

Well I am still on Dr Brincat’s prescription, but not doing too bad. Will see how it goes 🙂

The doctor was I send her this card as well :)

The doctor was I send her this card as well 🙂



19 08 2010

Why…Why Oh Why!?! Why is it that when I have made plans to meet my lovely cousin from the UK who is visiting Malta for the week, I need to feel sick…Ugh!!…What happened, you might ask? Well my cousin and her boyfriend are currently here in Malta so that she shows her bf what Malta is all about (right in the middle of August with all the heat haha)…Yesterday I made plans to meet up with them after work, and show them a bit around…However yesterday the moment I went into bed I started feeling a sore throat…during the night I kept waking up with a sore throat, blocked nose, headache etc…At about 3am I took a Panadol and managed to sleep.

This morning I have therefore smsd my manager asking whether I could go in a bit late so that I go visit the doctor, since he opens at 8am (I do not want to miss work…need to train my manager etc etc and tonight I want to go out with my cousin)…so I will soon be off to see the doctor, to see what he says. Then depending on that work…meet my cousin and sleep…But it is not good to feel so rotten 😦

Hospital Visit

17 08 2010

This morning I had a hospital visit, to meet the doctor after having had a couple of blood tests a few weeks ago as part of my yearly check up. I was supposed to be at hospital at 10:45am, so at 10am, mum came for me at work, and off we left. As soon as we arrived, the waiting room area was full, we gave our appointment letter to the reception and started to wait (and wait…and wait)…Apparently the doctor was running late…at 10:45am, she was still seeing the 9am appointment people. But well anyways…what could we do. I settled in with my book, and started reading.

What amazed me during my wait is the number of people complaining…and complaining…and complaining to the receptionists. Well, yes…it is not nice to wait 2 hours for your appointment. But then everyone expects the doctor to spend a lot of time going over their problems. And after all…what could the receptionist do…go and tell the doctor to hurry up?…skip people in the queue just because some person complained? Yes the doctor left in the middle of the time I was there (presumably to take her daughter somewhere, because she left with a girl in tow, and came back without her) and spent an hour away…however there was another doctor taking over…I would always prefer for my doctor to see me…but things happen, and I try to be patient with such people, who I know are really busy and always try to help out.

Well, from my 10:45am appointment, I went in at around 1:15pm. The doctor saw me and checked me over. It seems that everything is fine…I just need to lose some weight she said…haha…I knew she would say that. When I told her that I will be away from Malta for 3 years to follow my PhD she then sent me to get and ECG done in order to have a complete check-up. So off I went to get my ECG, then went back down to her office and she checked that…saw that everything was fine and sent me on my way…with a warning to lose weight.

I now should be back in around 6 months to check my thyroid (it was one of the parameters which are out of limit…but she told me not to worry and to just recheck it in 6 months time…so we will wait and see)…she told me I should try to lose 1kg a month till that time hihi…The plan is to start going to the gym in Dublin…will wait and see hihi 😀