Compassion (and the lack of it) in the medical field

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Treated badly by a doctor? Just because they went to medical school does not mean you have to put up with their crappy attitude. Remember that, as a patient, you have the right to “fire” that idiot and find a true professional!

I have personally been through many bad doctors before finding the ones I now see on a regular basis – because they 1) know their stuff and 2) treat me with compassion and understanding.

I will always remember the neurologist I went to after getting Bells Palsy. My mother and I were shown into his office, where two chairs sat against the wall, several feet away from his desk. We pulled the chairs closer to the desk and sat waiting. The first thing this “doctor” did was yell at us for moving the chairs and made us put them back. He then went through an “examination” of me – without touching me and giving me looks of disgust (half of my face was drooping and paralyzed.) No treatment or medication was suggested and we were bluntly told to leave and make another appointment. My mother and I were in complete shock. I found another doctor to go to and put in a complaint to my insurance company.

That was almost 16 years ago and he is still practicing.

The following blog is another person’s trials and tribulations with a medical professional, very well written and definitely worth a read. Please enjoy her writing.

Chronically courageous

When I was a child, and I was asked the typical question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would so confidently reply saying that I would be a doctor. Being a first generation Indian, people would typically assume that my response was based on the traditional stereotype that us kids could only become a doctor, lawyer, or engineer (and if we did not, we would be forever shunned from the Indian community). These assumptions were wrong, in fact, till this day, my parents have never pressured me to become any of these above three.

My desire to become a physician was always rooted from the fact that I saw doctors as figures of healing, helping, and hope. I always thought that every doctor in this world was a hero, and that they were in the field of medicine for the sole purpose of improving the lives…

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3 thoughts on “Compassion (and the lack of it) in the medical field

  1. I was actually a Nursing Assistant & worked with the Elderly & specialized in care of Paraplegics & Quadriplegics as an Attendant Care Aide. I did alot of different things in the 7 years I was in Nursing. The burnout was tremendous tho’.
    At least Nylablue has a good Nurse now 😉
    I am VERY blessed to hav a good care team…so many do not even have doctors here!!!

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  2. Oh I can so relate to having Doctors who were so snobbish & beyond themselves. I put in a complaint about a Dermatologist Doc who was stoned on ssomething & the Control Board sided with him & he too is still practicint. They close ranks; I guess that is human nature?
    This dude told me I had only 1 allergy: CATS! He was too stoned to read the pin prick test right. The one thing I DID NOT react to was the CAT serum…
    In Canada we can no longer switch doctors. My Family Doc is lovely & I tell ehr we she grow old graciously together as she is 3 yrs younger than me. I have a great Phsyical Med Doc & if I need a Surgeon I have one of the best.
    I do my best to take care of myself so I do not have to go to many other Specialists…because I do not want another ‘quack’…..
    Funny thing: I wanted to be a Doctor….lol…I was in Nursing at least & enjoyed my career alot!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue (who is grateful she has her own fulltime Nurse) 😉

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    • I am glad to hear that you now have good doctors, especially since you cannot switch! I have been fortunate to be able to switch until I found the right doctors for myself. It was a long journey…

      Did not know you are a nurse – Nylablue definitely has the best healthcare available!

      ((Hugs))
      Fern

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