I've consulted two cardiologists this year and I can tell you the riveting news that iPhones are the must-have accessory for the dashing doctor about town.
Used an iPhone to take constant calls from the receptionists. Constant! While skilled at answering the phone, it bears mentioning that C1 was unable to take my blood pressure manually. I was tempted to joke there is probably an app for that - instead I assuaged his ego by telling him everyone has trouble with it - a lie.
C1 told me that although my TTT results were dreadful and he was very sorry about my quality of life, there was nothing further he could do for me and maybe one day I'd be strong enough to find a job where I could lie down a lot - like a librarian. I've never seen a librarian lying down, have you? What. Is. He. ON?!
I can think of a job where people lie down, amongst other things, but the oldest profession is not for moi. Nobody could afford this hot bod.
C2 is proactive and knowledgeable and keen to proceed with treatment. I'm learning lots from him. Refreshing.
Used his iPhone (is there a MIMS app?) to read out the list of side-effects of a medication I will try sometime next year. When he got to the side-effect of 'hair standing on end', he mimed what this may look like in real life by waggling his fingers vigorously.
I like C2, even if the bureaucratic burden of obtaining the new med is onerous. In March he suggested I try it, my application to the TGA didn't go through until July, and I'm still waiting for approval! Then it has to be imported from America. Not holding my breath.
Specialist 3 (field of medicine withheld to protect the goose):
Ran very late. I joked to my husband that he was probably looking up POTS and NMH on the internet. I was tickled to be right! He had printed the info and highlighted the important bits in yellow. Things like: do not get overheated, stay hydrated, avoid heavy meals, eat a high salt diet, wear compression garments, don't stand still on the spot, be careful bending - the standard lifestyle tips for that cluster of conditions. After living with both diagnoses a goodly while and already deploying those tips to little avail, those expensive bits of paper were underwhelming.
He's also a hypocrite: he told me at the previous appointment not to look anything up on the internet (he's ancient, his net-savvy patients must drive him wild). Then he based his whole appointment on the internet. The same internet I have at home. He may suspect me of cyberchondria, but I don't have enough time for that malarkey, I'm too busy pillorying him on my blog!
I prescribe him an iPhone. Then he could forbid his patients from using theirs. And play Solitaire! As a person newly emerged into the world of smart phones, it's amazing how nifty they are. I see what the rest of the world is on about.