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To be concerned that the doc has text today?

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Nsapls Sun 07-Apr-13 17:28:51

My db has had various tests done to find out what is wrong with him. Several weeks ago he developed a skin complaint that appeared to be linked to his swollen feet (apparently from excess training). This developed into an infection and he is currently on very strong antibiotics.

Additionally, he had a persistent cough and chest problems (flu like symptoms). All the blood tests were inconclusive and they could see there was some kind of infection but had no idea what.

A couple of days ago he had more blood tests and an X-ray as they are suspicious that it may be tb. The doc did say he would ring him to let him know what was wrong. Today, he received a text saying he was to go to gp surgery tomorrow morning. He is now very worried it could be something more sinister. Would a doctor normally contact someone on a Sunday??


WipsGlitter Sun 07-Apr-13 17:32:02

My GP did, but she's a friend. I don't want to be a doom-monger, but it's obviously urgent.

Nsapls Sun 07-Apr-13 17:38:57

I did think it must be important, but even if it is TB, surely to some degree that's urgent?? He's in his early 20's and v worried.

fridayfreedom Sun 07-Apr-13 17:45:31

GP may have run out of time on Friday and wants to make sure that he can see your DB tomorrow. Sometimes they do letters, notes in their own time due to lack of time at work.

macdoodle Sun 07-Apr-13 17:45:59

Of course you're not AIBU to be concerned. They obviously wanted to catch him so that he didn't go to work and they were unable to contact him. Best of luck, but not much you can do till tomorrow.

Nsapls Sun 07-Apr-13 17:56:08

Thanks guys :-)

DolomitesDonkey Sun 07-Apr-13 18:05:59

Tbh I'd phone and say "'ang in mucker, you can't phone me on a Sunday like this!"

waikikamookau Sun 07-Apr-13 18:10:16

my consultant works sundays, she is very busy and comes in to work at weekends.
perhaps gp is the same.

frogspoon Sun 07-Apr-13 18:22:14

If your GP practice is open on Sundays it may just be normal working hours for them. Also it could have been an automated text sent by a computer.

Last week I received a answer phone message telling me to make an "urgent" appointment to see my GP regarding results of urine tests (suspected cystitis didn't clear up with antibiotics), and also got a letter in the post. I came in to see the doctor that day... it was only thrush!

Although it was very uncomfortable and needed treating it wasn't exactly life-threatening. "Urgent" may not be anything sinister to worry about.

Tiredmumno1 Sun 07-Apr-13 18:28:04

Please try not to panic, as others have said a lot of doctors still do work in their own time.

My doctor once came in on his day off to see me.

They probably just wanted to fit him in tomorrow

Toughasoldboots Sun 07-Apr-13 18:34:17

My GP called me at 8:45pm last week, she was just checking something for a prescription. I know it's easy to say but try not to worry too much.
I think they fit in jobs when they can and obviously he needs to be seen so a text was seen as less intrusive maybe?

Moominsarehippos Sun 07-Apr-13 18:41:30

Remember that a doctor will start with the worst case scenario then discount that and work backwards. I really hope its all ok for him.

A friend was sent directly from an eye appointment to a specialist clinic ('can I go back to work now, I'm on lunch break?' 'NOOOOO, get in a taxi, go now, I have emailed your files and they are waiting for you'). It turned out that he thought it was cancer but was absolutely nothing at all.

Fingers crossed.

Edlyu Sun 07-Apr-13 18:42:26

My sister was phoned and sent a letter asking her to contact the surgery urgently. She had had some routine tests and had seen the doctor only a couple of days previously. She was really worried about it until she could get an urgent appointment with the GP.

Turned out that the GP had been reading about increased facial hair growth when on Thyroxine for hypothyroidism and just wanted to prescribe some appropriate depilatory cream. confused

BlackMini Sun 07-Apr-13 19:52:21

It may be that the Dr was on-call and catching up with paperwork.

DoctorAnge Sun 07-Apr-13 20:11:27

Of course yanbu , but it's good that they are acting quickly and he will be seen ASAP

fengirl1 Sun 07-Apr-13 20:25:09

I wanted to post earlier on in this thread and thought better of it until I'd mulled over what to say.... It's horrible to be worried, but on the other hand, be very grateful that someone cares enough to do this. My dd has a life-threatening condition that could have killed her unless treated, yet a gp told me breezily 'Oh I'm sure a few weeks won't do her any harm' when I called to enquire why she was waiting so long to see a specialist.

Meerkatwhiskers Sun 07-Apr-13 22:28:30

They may have made an appointment and just sent a text reminder for it. I get text reminders the day before my appointments from my surgery and the hospital.

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