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Obtain, Read and discus test results with dr AND do your own research!!

Sep 02, 2010 - 0 comments




I had a great visit with a new specialist today who was not at all intimidated by the fact that I knew what my test results said even when she missed a diagnosis that was burried in a paragraph.  She was also not intimidated by the fact that I had printed an article I had found online to share with her and my other specialist.  

Patients need to be educated on what they are experiencing.  They not only have the right to obtain and read test results, but they SHOULD educate themselves and know what the say.  If they don't understand something, then it is up to the doctor to interpret the results for them.  In my case there was an obscure mention of a diagnosis that I caught in my reading of a report that the dr, not bieng the ordering dr and scanning multiple reports in a short amount of time, missed.  My knowing what the reports said allowed us to discuss the diagnosis and what it means to me.

Also, reading every resource on line that I can find provided me with an oportunity to learn about a rare form of my disease that can be caused by a certain type of repeated infection which I have experienced.  Knowing my history, I printed the article and showed it to the dr.  This was a new dr and therefore did not have records showing my 14+ year history with that infection.  My primary specialist only has two and half years of my medical history and therefore would easily miss that pattern.  While I have seen my GP for almost 25 years and he has diagnosed the infection multiple times, they have converted to electronic records and only have data going back about 4 years.  In reality, no one has documentation of my medical history readily at hand.  My GP could request hard copies to be brought out of storage, but that would be a pain.  It was up to me to remember and bring that information to the discussion.

This is written to encourage you to educate yourself on your condition, obtain and read your test results (you paid for the tests after all so they belong to you), and research as much as you  can.  You never know what piece of your puzzle you may find and bring to your dr for discussion.  If your dr isn't comfortable with that, then they are too arogant to be your dr and find a new one.

Together we developed a new treatment plan with plans B and C from the information I provided the dr.

Take care and happy reading everyone.

Irony of Life - Don't see your DR

Aug 22, 2010 - 0 comments

I saw my primary on Wednesday and was feeling fine respiratory wise.  I just needed some thing taken care of before we lose insurance.  

I saw the NEW PA, of 5 days on Friday.  The poor thing had to treat me in her first week.  She doesn't know what she is getting into.  She chewed the dr out for saying that I am complicated.  Well she hasn't read my chart throughly then.  Anyway, she said she though I had a cold.

Today my PCP shows up at church with bad laryngitis and his wife had stayed home with even worse laryngitis.  THANKS A LOT, PCP!!!

I will be up half the night nebbing and I am tempted to send him a text at 2 am saying that I am thinking of him.  lol....  Maybe I will email his office instead.  

Moral of this story... STAY out of drs offices.  Ok, so sometimes we do have to go, but they are the best place to be if you want to get sick.

Be KIND to the nurses

Jul 02, 2010 - 2 comments

Think about it.  At your doctor's office who do you spend the most time with on average?  Who do you talk to when you call in sick?  Who really runs the doctor's office?

Take a few minutes of your visit to "visit" with the nurse and get to know them a little bit.  Be friendly with them.  Family?  Life? Interests? etc.  Always be polite to them using thank you and please liberally.  Then if you are ever blessed with free food coupons from a restaurant, pass them on the to the nurses.  They will love you!!  I do this because I do spend a lot of time there, and therefore do spend quite a bit of time with the nurses.  

"Why?" you may ask.  You may need them on your side some day.  You certainly don't want them rolling their eyes and thinking, "UGH!!  This person is bugging me on the phone again," when you call in sick.  :D  You want them to be concerned about you if you call in sick.  Also, it makes life easier while you are in the office.

This does pay off in other ways as well, but they shouldn't be your motive.  The entire nurses staff at my allergist is mad at one patient's mom because she caused me to have an asthma attack at the office, and when I quietly mentioned to the nurse that the office rules against fragrance use needs to be explained to the lady again, the lady attacked me.  Making the nurse even more mad.  She would have been mad at any patient who caused another patient to have an attack that she had to treat, but she was a little more mad that it was me and then the head nurses getting involved...  The office manager will be calling the lady and explaining the need for the policy again.  

OH... this also helps you get more free samples of medicines when you need them.  LOL...

Seriously though, being kind to the nurses at the doctor's office has many benefits.  Make them your friends.  :D