My friends have a BP monitor so take mine regularly at their place, but I have usually been rushing about, walking dogs, then rush to theirs, then we start yapping, so I try and do it b4 we start talking, drinking & eating! Story is my BP appears up, then not up, then the last Dr made me have a 24 BP monitor. Quite ridiculous I think. If they had done it on a weekend..impossible as they think they need to fit and take off (a child could do it) it may have been OK, but my working day goes like this: drive to dog 1, run inside, get dog, leap into van, race to dog 2, run inside put lead on dog, rush to van, drive thru city traffic etc etc, then get dogs out of van walk in dog park, rush out into traffic and repeat, repeat. The bloody BP monitor would go off as I was being draggef into a park by 6 dogs, I looked down once and it was 180/100 or something. NOT conducive to a relaxed BP reading. So Dr tells me the average is 140/80 and that's OK, then out of the blue, 3 months later, she suggests I visit and maybe wr need to do something about BP. Being cynical i thought maybe her drug company rep had visited
as for good docs, yes Juliana word of mouth has been best. Then I usually ask the compounding chemist where thyroid meds are made if they have Dr in my area. It is, in my opinion, the open minded Drs who prescribe thyroid extract (T3/T4 in same proportion as human thyroid, as opposed to Thyroxine which is T4 only). So I go back to this new Dr in a week, let's see what she says. The biggest issue is that the good Drs are not taking new patients. I think this is crazy since I go to Dr 2x a year...for blood tests, for results There is a wellness centre about 30 mins from me, but only locums taking patients...I may go there anyway.