Doctors and Diagnoses
FIRST: PLEASE UNDERSTAND, I AM NOT BASHING ANYONE IN ANYWAY. ONLY FACTS.
One thing I believe from 17 years’ experience on one side of the bedrails and 20 years on the other side of the bed rails, is one of the most important people in your life are your Professional Caregivers! It is our LIFE, and we must be in the hands of someone we trust or feel comfortable with… OR we are on a very bumpy road. We tend to be intimated by someone who might have a bit more education than us. IF that ever is an uneasy, overall feeling, then find another doctor and let this one go. I discovered patients aren’t aware they can fire their doctors. Who’s paying who? The first visit is like an interview. Sometimes, it is good to present the visit in this way. Depends on you, the situation, etc. Do they listen? Do they answer questions understandable? Do they include your caregiver – in my case – do they include education and information to and from my spouse? Do they seem to genuinely feel they can help and are they eager to help? If at any time this changes, consider the worth of the relationship.
Also be aware, you can be dismissed also. Some do not believe it is worthwhile treating patients who will not comply to any treatment or have a resolution to an issue they would like to try. Your attitude comes across also. This is a line between doing something you don't feel is best (that's not called non-compliance) and just not doing anything the professional is asking or suggesting. It's wasting time and money.
If I gave my story this soon, everyone would run to the hills. One thing I can say, if there isn’t a good “vibe”, RUN. I don’t care if it is the President of the world, heavens etc…who says they are the best. RUN. If they EVER insinuate that a psych is needed – RUN. A psych test is different when assessing TBI, etc. Therefore, if your condition calls for a psychologist to be a part of the overall plan right away, then fine. But don’t allow this to keep you from getting the treatment you need. If they are not sure what to do, (I have nothing against Psychologists. But they can be used in the wrong way and it was almost to my detriment.) Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their recommendations. It could be very valid. If they do not believe in alternative medicine (massage, acupuncture, etc…) RUN. Every modality has its place and research is a great tool. (Understanding how to research is necessary) Massage is a good tool for relaxation, with acupuncture. I’ve noticed in our area, more surgeons are requesting these modalities before surgery. Many use them, also.