With the arrival of flu season, and the fast approaching holidays and festivities, I think that it is a good time to re-vist and re-activate the question: What do you do when your temperature goes up?
I have the most wonderful PCP who is always willing to see me when I need to see him for a fever, flu like symptoms, etc. He has even told me to come during the quiet uncrowded times to avoid germs. He is the one who discovered my elevated liver function results nearly 20 years ago, and who sent me to a gastroenterologist. So when I need a doctor 'during office hours' he is there for me.
However, it is the after hours that cause me worry. Too many of the admitting staff and even medical support staff at urgent treatment and ER do not understand that as a transplant recipient, I cannot/will not be shrugged off if my temperature or symptoms do not meet the 'normal' criteria. Things have improved locally as training and awareness of organ transplantation is becoming more widespread. Each time I have to do this, the on duty doctor tells me that I did the right thing to come. So …
What do you do? What will you do? -if you develop symptoms during the holidays – What if you are traveling? What if it is after hours? What are your thoughts? What would you share with others?