I am glad to hear you did! But I do understand your “phonophobie”. I have that too. I don’t want to make calls, except to my daughters or Steve.
As for male/female doctors, I had picled a female when I moved here, after always having had men. It did not make much difference. Nice people but I could not relate to them. This time it was not the sex of the person but the age. I could have been her mommie. So, when she quit. I called the office and asked specifically for a female doctor a bit more in my age group. I saw her on Tuesday, she is a runner too (oh, bliss!), we talked and talked, not about my annual exam, but about running. I walked out with the name of a reputable brand of Glucosamine that I will order over the internet, and with cautious hope that I finally have found a gynecologist I can talk to about “serious” things. Phew, indeed!