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Very Swedish Version:
Background: I go for regular health check-ups of this & that every year. Recently, it's been a different doctor every time, and no major changes in treatments or medication. This time, it had been over a year, and when the summon for a check-up finally came, the usual physical appointment with a doctor to go through test results and prescriptions etc had been replaced with a phone appointment (with a new doctor I've never met before, a week after having been to the lab for tests). (I assume it's the pandemic that has made them reduce the number of physical visits.)
"Hello, this is Dr Who* from your health care centre, I'm calling 3 minutes early, is that okay?" [*so nicknamed by me ;)]
"Er... Yes..." (I was expecting the call, but not meticulous punctuality!)
"About your prescriptions..."
"Well, I already got all those renewed a month ago, over the phone, because..."
"Starting tomorrow, you should start changing your blood pressure medication, taking away 1/2 a pill of X, and taking two of Y instead. Then, next week... and on the 15th..." [further changes] "... "you'll get a letter with the details... and book an appointment with a nurse for blood pressure ... and I think we'll do an ECG as well ... And" [moving on down the list] "a new lab test for allergy, and have you ever done a spirometry?"
"Yes, er, in the past..."
"Better book an appointment with [another] nurse for that as well."
... and after bit more this and that...
"Anything you're wondering about?"
"[Everything!!] - The results of my blood tests last week??"
"Oh, they were all fine!"
Not having expected any of the above, I was left with my head spinning. It was an odd experience, trying to take all that in over the phone from a doctor I've never met (and foreign accent not helping). (Made me realize how much we do usually also weigh in face expressions, eye contact and gestures etc - especially with strangers.) However, as I felt I had understood at least the first step on the to-do list (including why), I did start the next day. And, not feeling any disturbing side-effects, I continued.
No letter came in the post, but three days later Dr Who did call me back (unannounced this time), to ask how I was doing. As I do have a wrist blood pressure monitor at home (and have been using it), I was able give him figures rather than just vague feelings. He seemed also to perhaps have had some second thoughts; or at least he slowed down the plan a bit. There will be another phone appointment before further changes; and the BP+ECG is now also booked to a specific date.
So far, so good.