Guess who gets to go into the hospital this morning?


It’s just a regular cardiac checkup, but I have acquired a dread of doctor’s offices — that’s where all the sick people hang out. Fortunately, this will be something new: I’m getting examined remotely, via the scientific wonder of telemedicine. Also, I don’t have any symptoms, so this will all just be routine.


  1. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Medicare is recommending tele/video conferences instead of office visits where possible. I’ve only visited the doctor’s office or hospital for tests this year.

  2. robro says

    Welcome to my world, PZ. Numerous tele/video medicine appointments with cardiac folks in recent weeks. Weekly zoom sessions with our family therapist. But, they still haven’t mastered blood work without poking you with an actual physical needle, and next week I get to spend an overnight in the hospital to have a “procedure” done. Oh boy.

  3. JoeBuddha says

    One of my gigs was working on improving the doctor’s interface for a telemedicine system. Turns out most doctors are a mess when it comes to computers, and most IT folx don’t actually know this. It was a fun gig and I got to see how this stuff works from the inside.

  4. says

    Yeah, they struggled to make the sound work. It took a while and some restarts.

    I’m OK! Mainly got a pile of new dietary recommendations to bring my triglycerides down, and some concern about my genetics (thanks, Dad, everything else was great but you passed on a lousy cardiovascular system), and I’m supposed to contact my kids and tell them to get some blood work done unless they want to end up like me.

  5. wzrd1 says

    Had the joy of spending the entire afternoon with our new doctor. Now, I have to get an echocardiogram, ultrasound of my abdominal aorta, blood work done and a lumbar x-ray.
    And an endocrinologist appointment to tune my methimazole dosage. Doctor also changed my beta blocker to what was being prescribed in hospital. He was shocked that the hospitalists missed LVH, which I had caught and mentioned to him and he checked the computer for. Wanted to go with anticoagulants, but with a possible AAA, that’d be an epic bad idea.

    Oh, in the news, the government is saddled with 63 million doses of hydroxychloroquine. And a fuck ton of plain chloroquine. I can think of quite a few developing nations that could use them!

  6. jack16 says

    Please check your “vitamin D” (a hormone). D3 is a cheap supplement. Boost your immune system.