Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Long Distance Relationships

Do long distance relationships work, I wonder?

Just how much does one give up to maintain a relationship over a distance?

Sure, I can plan appointments, time to see them, and manage the travel, if I plan carefully.  But what happens if there's a crisis, when I really need them, and they're just not there?

Maybe, when I move, I should make a clean break; start over with someone else. But, we've been together for years, and we've got so much history.

Besides that, she's a really good doctor.

Oh, you thought I was talking about a romantic relationship?

No. I'm talking about my GP.

When I move to Ipswich, do I stay with my GP, and travel back by car or public transport every month (or fortnight when lupus is flaring) for my check up? Or do I change over to someone local?

I've been given a recommendation for a doctor in Ipswich who's supposed to be good with complicated conditions by lupus - but I've never met them, and I don't know how we'll get on.

I've been with my current GP since before I was diagnosed. She's been with me through coughs and colds, my hysterectomy, lupus diagnosis, chest and sinus infections, ups and downs and everything in between.

I know I'll probably have to change doctors. When I am flaring, the travel will be far too much. But breaking up with my GP is hard to do.

1 comment:

  1. I am moving in June, and the though of changing hospitals and rheumatologist is making me discouraged. I think I may actually drive the hour and half to see my rheumatologist. It's gonna be a whole day trip, with 3 hours of driving, but it's worth it. I just won't be able to use the hospital for emergencies:(


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