When you reach your doctor or his assistant over the phone, be prepared to:
* Identify yourself. * Get to the nitty-gritty quickly, especially if you've phoned after hours. (Have someone else call the doctor for you if you are unable to talk.) * Define your problems and symptoms accurately but swiftly. Write them down and keep them near the telephone so you can report them quickly and completely. * Report results of self-tests and other symptoms you have been keeping track of, such as a temperature of 101°F for two days, diarrhea that has lasted for 48 hours, and so on. * Ask the doctor what you should do and write down his instructions carefully. Ask the doctor to spell out any word if you are unsure about it. * Ask if and when you should call back, or if you should come to the clinic. * Ascertain what complications could occur that may require you to hurry to the emergency room. * Don't forget to thank the doctor for talking to you on the telephone!
Flower essences are natural remedies that heal by re-balancing mind, body and spirit. Made by floating flowers in spring water in the light of the sun or moon, essences work by raising our vibrational energy to the perfect pitch of a flower. Taking flower essence is like making your body hum to the tune of wellbeing. The Flower healer, the first book by healer and flower essence pioneer Barbara Olive, explains how using them is so simple.
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