Since being diagnosed ten years ago, I usually see my GI doctor every three to six months. If I get very sick he always sees me in between. He has three associates working with him and two work hospital rounds while two are always in the office. Only twice in the last ten years did I have to be seen by one of his associates and that was because I was flaring and my doctor was out of the office.
He always returns my phone calls. If I am ill over a weekend, either my GI or one of the associates gets back to me immediately.
Another thing, which is wonderful, my doctor ALWAYS sees me on time at my appointment. His explanation...he hates to be kept waiting and extends that courtesy to his patients.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!! Hope I don't jinx myself. Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks. Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.