Telehealth Limitations

Almost everyone has traded in their regular doctor’s appointments with Telehealth appointments. Because I have so many chronic illnesses, I fear the limitations of these types of appointments. I don’t know how long these appointments will be the norm, but they present limitations and a danger to our health.

Many medical conditions, such as Sjogren’s, require regular bloodwork. The rheumatologist uses bloodwork to check and see our rates of ANA, inflammation, and many other things that I don’t understand. Tests can show if our autoimmune disease is attacking us to the point of damaging vital organs. If any of these would show up in tests, particular medications would need to be ordered to protect us.

Because I haven’t had this thorough bloodwork done in almost a year, I really do worry about my health. I had been showing Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3 in my last blood test. The next step was to have a scan of the kidneys in the hospital. But, that was right before the shut-down. The hospital isn’t doing any elective procedures. I really wouldn’t want to be in the hospital at this time, but that doesn’t stop me from worrying.

Telehealth Limitations

I’m also on Hydroxychloriquine for Sjogren’s. Because it can damage my eyes, I’m also going on one year with no eye exams. Eye doctors check for early damage. If this occurs, the medicine would need to be stopped. This worries me.

Thankfully, I saw my new cardiologist about a week before the shutdown. She adjusted my heart medication and it seems to be doing it’s job well. This is a relief, because prior to the medicine adjustment I was dealing with a lot of shortness of breath.

My other specialists appointments haven’t been scheduled. But, I know that a Telehealth appointment just won’t be the same. Do you have appointments that have been delayed or scheduled with Telehealth? What has been your experience? I appreciate that the doctors are using this technology to help us. But, it’s hard not to worry about the consequences to our body.

Psalm 55:22 says to “Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you…” I pray so much for God to sustain me during the pandemic. It’s so hard not to worry when you feel terrible, but I must daily give my fears over to Him! God bless you all during this season.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. These are my opinions only, and not to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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