Are you newly diagnosed and feeling worried about having virtual/telephone appointments?

Are you newly diagnosed and feeling worried about having virtual/telephone appointments with your medical team rather than face to face?
I remember when I was first diagnosed having my emotions on high alert and feeling really shocked, scared and so, so isolated.
If you are newly diagnosed I wonder how you are feeling about having virtual/telephone appointments with your medical team rather than face to face ones? I am finding this is becoming the norm for appointments these days.
I could not string a sentence together when I was newly diagnosed, I had no idea what questions I should be asking and I think it would somehow have compounded my feeling of isolation. I would also have the perception at that time if it was a virtual/telephone appointment it would not thought to be so serious by everyone.
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I would be really interested to know others thoughts and experiences.

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I am not really replying to this in one way but it is related.
If you need blood tests,prior to your phone appointment and normally go to the hospital for them, I would suggest that you phone your GP. Mine were so helpful and made arrangements for me to have them at the surgery ( which is normally closed at the moment whilst work is switched to the ‘sister’ clinic). It felt so much safer than going to the big hospital (due to the cottage hospital being closed). I had not realised I was so anxious until they sorted it for me. Then I felt relieved.
You would of course need your blood test request forms to hand.

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Hi @GrandmaJo, thanks really useful, thanks, have you got any other appointments due?

I was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma in February but since then all appointments have been by phone with the hospital. Once they asked for a blood test and sent the form for my local GP to take the blood. All seems to be running smoothly but phone calls rely upon me saying the right things!!

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All of my appointments this year have been by phone all have been brief and the doctor on the other end sounding completely uninterested in my welfare. This leaves very concerned that when my Myeloma resurfaces as it’s likely to in the next year or so then it won’t get picked up. That way leads to broken bones and immobility as I found out last time.

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That must be such a worry for you @Franko, please keep us posted how you get on.