Dear Doctors #deardoctors #deardoctor #Gaslighting #Ableism #Disabilities #RareDisease #AutoimmuneDisease #ChronicPain #ChronicIllnesses
Reposted by: @chronically_sick_
I understand that doctors don’t know every answer. I don’t expect them to.
What I DO expect, is to be believed. To be validated, and supported.
This shouldn’t be too much to ask. All I am asking is for you to do your JOB.
This is what you signed up for. You are failing your patients if you are dismissing, or gaslighting them.
If the tests come back normal, do more. Refer them to someone else. If you don’t have the answer, keep referring them to other specialists.
If and when the results come back normal, do not blame it on anxiety. Do not say it is “all in their head.”
Why would we be asking for your help if we didn’t really need it?
Medical trauma is real. You have more of an impact on someone’s future than you can ever imagine.
I wish someone had taken the time to tell me that they believed me. That they were sorry I was going through this.
I wish that I didn’t have to defend myself every single time I see a doctor. I wish that I didn’t have panic attacks before every doctors appointment.
This all could have been avoided if you had just done your job.