Friday I had an appointment with a doctor that I truly like. Anyone who is dealing with a medical problem today will probably understand how rare that statement is from a patient.
I was not thrilled with my neurologist. Here in Arizona, as it is probably everywhere else, the good doctors are so booked it can take months to get in. When I first had my stroke, and was sent home from the hospital, I was told to get a neurologist pronto! Easier said than done. I phoned 6 neurologists that were highly recommended. Four were not taking new patients, one was only taking new patients who were recommended by certain physicians, and the last one couldn’t see me for, get this……….7 months!
So you can understand how thrilled I was to get in to see ANY neurologist within a 4 month period of having my stroke. I went in with a hopeful & thankful attitude that very quickly changed to an attitude of “Well doctor, don’t you think you’re special!” The bedside manner was horrible. I was talked to like a child when she decided to speak directly to me. Most of the time she spoke to my husband. Irritated that hell out of me!
On the last visit with her, her attitude was basically telling me there was nothing more she could do. She didn’t say she wanted to see me again, but told me as she was leaving the office, “You need to just set a goal!” UH OK???!!
So I was happy to find out that a doctor I was already seeing would help me with my meds and any problems I would be having, including recommendations & help seeing other physicians when needed.
Last Friday I went in knowing I would be seeing his P.A. as he had become so busy (the good ones are) that he’d hired help. I was nervous as I just knew I could not handle a smart ass, or a person talking down to me!
Today is Sunday and I am more relaxed about me stroke care than I have been in a long while! The P.A. was helpful, listened attentively to both my husband and ME, and answered all my questions, no matter how insignificant. He sympathized with me over the many symptoms a recovering stroke patient goes thru, and helped with the meds the neurologist was prescribing.
What the people in the medical field MUST UNDERSTAND first and foremost, is that a patient’s #1 need when being treated is to have a sympathetic ear listening to them. We need to be talked to directly and treated like the adults we are!!