Why I’m Changing My Tune on Telehealth

By Miley Foster
Updated 2024-03-28 17:33:09 | Published 2021-12-27 17:58:49
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At the beginning of the pandemic, I received a call from my endocrinologist's office informing me that they were no longer seeing patients in person and asked if I would like to reschedule my appointment for an online visit. Despite many people with diabetes dreading these appointments, I actually enjoy them because they involve open discussions about my diabetes care. However, I declined the offer for an online visit because I was concerned it would be less personal and comprehensive. I feared that communicating through a screen would hinder the quality of care I had been receiving and make it difficult to evaluate my overall health without being physically present.

However, I have since had a change of heart about telehealth. When I developed a sore throat, the nurse practitioner from my internist's practice conducted a thorough virtual consultation on Zoom and prescribed antibiotics, which cured the infection in a few days. I have also been attending virtual therapy sessions with my psychologist. Initially, I believed that we would not be able to communicate as openly or freely online and suggested meeting less frequently. However, after discussing our concerns about telehealth, it became easier to talk about other topics as well, and we have found a reasonable mode of operation.

Despite my initial hesitation, I currently have an in-person appointment scheduled with my endocrinologist in September. However, due to the current spread of the virus, there is a possibility that we will have to meet online. Although it will require some adjustments, I am willing to embrace telemedicine since it has become so widespread and may persist even after the pandemic. Therefore, in the interest of my health, if our in-person appointment is canceled, I am prepared to put aside my doubts and fully engage in a virtual visit. (I should note that I only justified delaying my routine appointment because my recent A1C levels and daily numbers have been consistently good.)

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