Only half the story…
I sit in my room, and simple things bother me…I see patients with simple conditions that just won’t respond to the treatment that works for everyone else…something is missing…
Have you ever considered the concept that every member of your family is someones patient?!
I also doubt the Doctor can understand why Grandad has had such terrible back pain since his knee op. If he knew that Grandad throws a rope over the balcony for Grandma to hook the shopping on and then he heaves it back up, the Doctor might understand a bit better…well at least his resting his knee rather than running up the stairs with the shopping!
Joy-bells, Joy-bells, where for art thou shopping bags?
Then I hear about all my Grandma’s troubles.
She’s one of these ladies with otitis externa that just doesn’t want to resolve. I see patients like this all the time… I can’t figure out why it won’t clear up… But I know why my Grandma’s doesn’t… my Grandad won’t let her leave her hearing aid out, so her canal never dries up and stays permanently as wet as the men’s toilet at the footy ground, with an odour to match (nice). My Grandad understands about ear canals, that’s why he uses his car keys to get the wax out of them…apparently it helps the ignition as well!! (NOT RECOMMENDED!!!!)
Brrrrrm, Brrrrrrm. Listen to that engine turn over…
During the phone call I had to laugh out loud..nobody heard me, so nobody was offended….
Granny Max: I had to have the gunk syringed out of my ears again today.
Max (cynically): Did that make it better or worse?
Granny Max: Yes, I saw the nurse!!
So as a clinician am I any better…. Well I personally am not a good patient. My doctor is fabulous, his young, enthusiastic and enjoys educating his patients. I am the ultimate patient with an agenda…I hate patients that come in and say…”This is what I want”…but I am that patient.
By the time I am actually ill enough to be bothered to go to the doctor, I have diagnosed myself and just want the required treatment. I don’t want him to draw me a picture, I understand the mechanism of the problem, I know the best home-care remedies, I have tried them and am happy to continue to do so…I don’t go to the doctors for assessment…”Give me what I want and then go and make yourself a coffee in the rest of my appointment time…please!”
How cross would I make me? Very!! So I try my best to humour him, but I know I’m wasting his time…and that’s what bugs me most.