Happy Monday everyone! New week, new day, new opportunities ahead to succeed in the ways you want to. I have a couple of doctor appointments coming up this week, and honestly I don’t really dread them. Like I’ve stated before, my family is extremely medical, so I’ve been medically savvy for most of my life. I was blessed with a fantastic primary doctor, then have gotten my fair share of doctors who don’t listen, are pushy, unclear, and what not. So here we go loves!
HOW TO HANDLE THE WHITE COATS
With so much happening to our healthcare system, insurance, and having a government not give two craps what happens to your body, it’s up to you, and you only to maintain track of what goes on in a doctor’s office. Bills, testing, insurance coverage, and blah blah blah. From day one its nothing but a hassle, but it has to be taken care of. I unfortunately have lost track, and owe so much money in so many different places that I just don’t care anymore. Do as I say, not as I do people. Aside from money, actually dealing with doctors is a whole different issue in itself. Their treatment methods, bedside manners, and whole setup differs. Know how to handle them appointment to appointment to ensure better outcomes for you. Its important to remind them that you deserve the best, you are not just another “body.”
1. LISTEN & TAKE NOTES
I sound like an old lady, but it’s extremely important. My primary doctor has a thick Spanish accent, my cardiologist has a thick Indian accent, and I have a hard time understanding sometimes. It’s not rude, its truthful, and its better to ask them to repeat it rather than smile, and agree to whatever the hell just happened. If you are super confused on what they’re doing, or have track balancing numerous doctors (for instance if you have three, and each of their opinions is different) you might want a “Doctor” spiral that you document in. It’s not being rude, its being smart.
2. BE BLUNT
We’re not talking blunt force trauma to their ears, but I think I get along with my doctors because I’m extremely blunt about what I will and will not do. They see and hear everything. Be honest about your period, pee, sex life, and any other thing they might need to know. If I don’t like the sound of something, I ask for other options. Don’t confuse blunt with tacky. Even if they have an attitude, your responsibility is to maintain yourself. I have a tendency to get temperamental extremely fast with a certain doctor for other reasons, but the best thing you can do is keep your cool. Think about the people they have to talk to all day! After everything, they just need to hear something that’s straight to the point…whether they realize it or not.
3. DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR AND STAND YOUR GROUND
Most people know that I used to be on Warfarin. I’m a difficult patient in the pill department (I’m beyond inconsistent), so Warfarin was World War three. I hated maintaining myself on that, also I hated getting my pro time checked. I don’t always have time in the day to run across town to have my finger pricked, and sometimes I don’t even have gas in the car to do that. Also, after insurance, it was almost $70 each time I got it checked, which is two times a month. Yea, kiss my ass. I got to a point where I wasn’t showing up, then finally they were sending me letters in the mail that I “didn’t comprehend the full effects of my disease” which at that point, I wanted to type a lengthy letter back. It attempts to scare and piss me off, I went in for stomach pain (below my ribcage that hurt when I took a deep breath), they said it was a blood clot, and I spent seven hours in a waiting room to have a scan done to check for a clot when I could’ve been on the road to a mountain vacation. Everything was labeled STAT, but apparently to that office that means two days. Moving on, there was no clot. My blood was fine, and I immediately got on the road to my vacation. When I came back, I talked to my primary who agreed with me that I’m too young, too active, and I bled out my first heart cath BEFORE Warfarin was in my body. I need to take a baby aspirin every other day, and I’m fine. I relayed this information in which they argued with me, but I had to take control of my treatment options. Bottom line, doctors get stuck in a routine of what they think is best. You do your research, be smart, get second opinions, and do not let ANY person scare you into or out of something.
4. BE COOPERATIVE
….to a point. Obviously in the above story I wasn’t, and had good reason to be. Sometimes doctors need a little refresher that you are human. If they are doing their job correctly, and all is well, the best thing you can be is calm, cool, and cooperative. I understand the medical side because I’ve watched my Dad and Mom for years. The calmer you are, the more likely you are to get the best treatment because you are not being a distracting patient. If that makes you feel degraded as a human, I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. You are a customer to them, and they need to focus so they can keep you here.
Overall, I’ve dealt with ridiculous Doctors, oblivious doctors, and you just have to learn how to play the game while keeping yourself healthy in the meantime. All in all, I’m thankful for my fantastic doctor that treats me like a daughter, and continuously praises me for how far I’ve come, and also my nurse. Love you Dr. Sahad, and Maria!
Have a fabulous week lovelies. Normally I would tell you what our Song of The Week would be, but the music player isnt working. Ugh…
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