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Let me say a few good things about this service. It's run by registered nurses. They seem to have computer access, where they run the symptoms you offer freely into the terminal, and it shows them other questions to ask you.
I dislike the way it was introduced here: the government was treating the nurses badly, and many of them left to the United States, and others found different careers, even though Ontario and Canada needs many more nurses than it actually has. So to appease the people, this Telehealth Service was introduced.
On Saturday morning, I spent many hours at North York General's emergency department. From 700am until 330pm. They did a lot.
But I've now got a dry cough that concerns me, and I wanted a real answer from someone knowledgeable whether I caught something at the hospital, and what to do (since going back there seemed ill advised).
My nurse was a gentleman, and asked me lots of questions. I wanted to remain anonymous. I wanted information, not to be forced into another hospital visit.
He asked me many, many questions. I told him about the incident at Dominion, how I was Emerg, and everything I could. He asked more questions.
After looking at his screen, he decided that what I had was minor. All I should take at this point was a cough suppressant, such as DM. It would stop the tickle. I'll get that tomorrow from the Pharma Plus at the Xerox building.
I didn't think I had SARS. I wanted to exclude the so-called walking pneumonia virus. How can anyone really know without a computerized database of popular symptoms?
I hope to teach dance tomorrow. It will be the last dance of the season I lead.
Wish me luck. You already have: I don't have a dreaded disease from the hospital.
Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for free medical advice. You may remain anonymous if you wish.
That's all I know.
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