View Full Version : Its great to have a competent doctor :)

05-18-2011, 11:51 PM
My doctor gave me a call on monday to see how I was going because I hadn't come in after my MRI. I told her it was because I didn't have enough money. So she told me she would bulk bill me :) Now I see her for free.

So I made an appointment to see her for today.
She told me how she plans to manage my treatment for the next few months. Early june will be a blood test, re-examining FBE, ESR, TFT, B12 and coeliac screen. I expressed my relief my MRI and CT were clear, but my distress that along with a B12 test so far there were no signs to point us in any direction. That I didn't want to wait I wanted these symptoms treated asap. She said B12 tests can often be dodgey and she will re-run the testing. I might halt my vegemite addiction for a week before the test just incase it distorted it. I know its a long shot but Im willing to hope for anything.

She is also looking into specialists for me in Brisbane. She is going to call around to find someone that has a special interest in lupus. And she will make the appointment for me and everything! :biggrin: I travel to brisbane in july for my daughters specialist appointments.

She has also set up an appointment for me to see a psychologist for counseling and to manage sleep difficulties.

I also need new pain management options, she asked that I dont take codeine any more. I dont know what else there is lol

I will also be searching out good GPs in brisbane area for when I move.

Its great having a competent doctor :)

05-19-2011, 12:04 AM
this is definatelly great news for you.

how soon are you planning on moving, maybe she can help find a good doctor for you.

it is good to see you getting the help you need and deserve.

Linda From Australia
05-19-2011, 02:13 AM
I am so pleased with your news about your doctor, and bulk billing ... WOW that is so FANTASTIC (Don't you just love living in Australia?)
Hopefully you get to find good doctors in Brisbane

05-19-2011, 03:12 AM
Such great news for you, hope all goes well for your move to Brisbane.

Hugs and good thoughts for you

05-19-2011, 03:35 AM
She's willing to bend over backwards to help a patient, that's awesome. Good doctors are few and far between.


PS-What exactly is "Vegemite", other than a line in an 80's tune? Is it the Aussie version of canned Spam lunchmeat?

Merrilyn OZ
05-19-2011, 03:52 AM
Great news about the Bulk billing.
When and to where are you shifting in Brisbane? I'm shifting to the Gold Coast next month to be closer to our daughter. Linda and I see avery good Rheumatologist(who has a great knowledge of Lupus) here in Perth and he has recomended several Specialist in Southport for me if that would be any help I can give you their names I'm pretty sure one of them practices in Brisbane too.Maybe we"ll be able to catch up, if you're interested and able perhaps we can in July. PM me if you want to.

Merrilyn OZ
05-19-2011, 03:56 AM
Vegemite is an acquired taste.
It's actually a Yeast extract spread, quite a sharp taste - one you either like or detest.
Very Australian and a common spread for children on toast.

Linda From Australia
05-19-2011, 03:58 AM
Vegemite is a dark brown Australian food paste made from yeast extract. It is a spread for sandwiches, toast, crumpets and cracker biscuits, and filling for pastries. Vegemite is one of the world's richest known sources of B vitamins, specifically thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid, but unlike Marmite and some other yeast extracts, it contains no vitamin B12. The main ingredient of Vegemite is yeast extract, which contains a high concentration of glutamic acid.




05-19-2011, 04:14 AM
I love the commercial-"It makes you want to wrestle like King Kong". Too funny!

I'll try anything once. I wonder if it's available over here. I'll have to look in the import aisle next time I'm at the market.

05-19-2011, 04:48 AM
you can buy it online, ar at any australian shop over there.
kraft was an australian company, but it is mostly owned by swiss and americans now.
so buy vegimite "an australian food" and make america money.

05-19-2011, 05:34 AM
I wonder why I crave vegemite so much then. I crave it ravenously... I would gorge myself on it which I would do with nothing else at all. Maybe the salt? I wonder if I should have included that in the paperwork I gave the doc today.

05-19-2011, 08:00 AM
I only WISH I could find a doctor like yours.