I always give my patients ample time to understand what I say and ask questions before I let them leave my consultation room, no matter how many patients are outside in the waiting area. That is also what I teach my juniors and medical students to do.If that ever happened to me on anything close to a consistent basis, I would fire that doctor and find a new one. Indeed, when I first met my cornea specialist recommended by my optometrist, I and my wife who was with me felt rushed. We noticed that the company's waiting room was packed and wondered if that was an anomaly that contributed to our doctor's need to rush through my consultation. We decided that if the same thing happened on our follow-up consultation, we would find a different specialist. Fortunately, all consultations and both surgeries since then have been examples of hand-holding, fully explained care that takes into account every reasonable possibility before deciding the next medical step. Coincidentally, I look forward to my six-month checkup with her tomorrow.
I'm fortunate that I live in a large metropolitan area where I have a plethora of medical teams available to me; people living in rural areas don't have the options I have.
I hope our medical system has not just evolved into a statistically driven delivery system. I would simply say if you feel you are treated that way, I would also discuss this with your MD, and possibly look at finding a new physician. It does take time to listen and teach, but that is what we are supposed to do.I'm certainly guilty of this. But in all fairness the medical community contributes largely to this attitude. At least in my case I always feel like I'm rushed through the system and any diagnosis is arrived at based on some statistical model rather than careful consideration of my particular symptoms and overall state of health.
I was 18, working at Methodist Hospital in Houston. It was 1966. A handful of the nursing staff, me included, were exposed to hepatitis. The standard therapy at the time was an injection of gamma globulin... a lot of gamma globulin. Big needle, full syringe, both cheeks. I am 72 and I still remember that vividly.Right arm Flu, left arm Shingrix. For everything else there are the paired gluteus maximus !
I was waiting for Covid to be over so we could get back to people being constitutional scholars again. Be careful what you ask for.I'd say more of us have become epidemiologists, Gary
Joking aside in this "information age" I'm amazed at how much people rely on the press for their information on any given subject. Over the last 15 years of my career I was in a position to have many encounters with the statewide press and a few times with the WSJ. In those situations my role was to provide technical information in response to their inquiries. Having first hand knowledge of the information that was provided to them and how it appeared in their final print was appalling. Sometimes due to the spin of the story but more often simply due to the editorial translation of the information by the journalists. That experience put me off of the media in general. And in my experience television media is worst of all. They have even less time to get a story across so editorialize the information even more. And you can be sure that their particular narrative is not what suffers from the editing. The value that they can provide is if/when they quote/reference sources which can then be researched in detail.
I always give my patients ample time to understand what I say and ask questions before I let them leave my consultation room, no matter how many patients are outside in the waiting area. That is also what I teach my juniors and medical students to do.
I should have clarified that my related experience above was with GPs/clinics. Having relocated several times over the years and having enjoyed fairly good health through the years we've never settled and developed a long term relationship with a family doctor. I will also say that I've had good experiences with all of the specialists that I've dealt with. Totally different experience. Fortunately our insurance carrier no longer requires a referral from a GP to see a specialist.I hope our medical system has not just evolved into a statistically driven delivery system. I would simply say if you feel you are treated that way, I would also discuss this with your MD, and possibly look at finding a new physician. It does take time to listen and teach, but that is what we are supposed to do.
Or become scholars on whatever topic the press chooses to develop their next narrative on. Amazing how many resources are wasted on higher education when we could all simply sit at home and wait to be educated by the various media outlets. It's also amazing how many people that have gone through the time/trouble of receiving higher education are willing to abandon that knowledge in favor of the media version of things.I was waiting for Covid to be over so we could get back to people being constitutional scholars again. Be careful what you ask for.
My wife and I filled out the form with our county health office Friday evening (1/8) and have gotten no confirming e-mail as you did. Different County.Email from the County Health Agency:
"The Health Department will call or email you to schedule an appointment over the next few days. Please continue to monitor your email. Based on high demand and limited vaccine availability, the appointment times scheduled will be offered on a first come first serve basis over the coming weeks." Given our large population here, it well may be a week or longer before I actually get that first jab.
Today was the first day we could fill out that form and it marks the beginning of Phase 1b in Fairfax County. Interesting that you didn't get any sort of confirmation email....My wife and I filled out the form with our county health office Friday evening (1/8) and have gotten no confirming e-mail as you did. Different County.