My allergy/asthma doc only works 3 days a week. When he's in, he's usually really great about finding work in appointments or even just addressing things via email/portal. Oh and my PCP is out on Fridays too!
Of course this week, I got sick on his off day! I'd ramped up my sick plan already. I was at the "call" part of my plan! There are other docs in the office and I've seen some others on occasion. But I know I'm complicated and don't follow the usual playbook.
I messaged anyway because sometimes he pops in on his off days anyway. I got a response from the nurse asking if I wanted another doc to respond. I said yes and another doc worked me in yesterday. I figured he was going to tell me it was viral and send me on my way. By the numbers, I looked pretty good. But he was actually great! Listened, had read my file, didn't want to reinvent the wheel. Started antibiotics right away and left the pred start up to me.
I was very glad to not be heading into a weekend without a plan besides urgent care if things really went south!
With asthma, things can go from ok to bad to worse quickly. It's critical to have a plan…and a plan B! I'm really happy that I now feel comfortable with at least one other doc in the practice.
Do you have a plan B? Or C? What do you do when the doc who knows you us out?