Well, I carried the phone around with me all day yesterday, even when I worked outside, just on the chance my Gastroenterologist would call. If it were any doctor but he, I wouldn’t have even considered that to be a possibility. Sure enough, he called about 7:00 last night, apologizing for not having called sooner.
He had me describe my problems again, in greater detail. Even over the phone, it was difficult to go into minute specifics about my elimination situation. He wants me to keep a detailed diary for a few days of every single thing I put in my mouth, plus each symptom event I have. So, I started that last night. It’s funny writing down the time and intensity of each belch and gas episode. ROTFL And it means writing down every bite and sip, including the ingredients of the different herbal teas I drink, but if it helps, it’s worth it! He didn’t think the Beano I had been trying for the last few days would do any good, though, so I didn’t take them this morning.
I know many would not agree with me, but Dr. B’s dedication, and that of other doctors I have, just convince me that much more that I do not want the USA to EVER go to a national health care system. What I read from blogs from countries that have it makes me think that they would not have a doctor going out of his way to call from his home on the weekend to help me with something that is chronic, as this problem is. I am quite willing to have government subsidized health care for those who can’t afford it, but I am adamantly opposed to making it into universal health care, where I have no control over much of anything concerning my health. OK, I’m off my soap box now. ;}