rhetorical questions/vent... docs and nurses....

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   Posted 12/4/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Why does it seem as though you can only have ONE or the OTHER:

A good Doc
A good Nurse

Right now I have a wonderful GI, but to get to him I have to go through the biggest nurse NITWIT I have yet come across in the land of Docs' Nurses. It has taken 4 phone calls to her this week, and she STILL doesn't have my question for the doc straight.

And she NEVER calls ME back - I always have to call her, and it's like we enter the frickin twilight zone with every call because she either has NO recollection of our previous conversation from the DAY before, or she's mangled it so terribly that the answer she has for me does not even REMOTELY pertain to the original question asked. Harumf.

She reminds me of a female version of "Woody" from Cheers. Always happy to help, but completely INCAPABLE of doing so.

I don't suppose there's any "nice" way to tell a doc that his nurse is a dimwit... is there?
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   Posted 12/4/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
ha, let me count the ways that the doctor office staff is incompetent! i could vent for hours on this one but i'll just say i feel ya :)

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   Posted 12/4/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a different situation. MY GP is an idiot-she thinks I should stop taking my immune suppressent drugs so that I don't have to take so many antibiotics for sinus infections (I have had one since she started treating me-40 days to go away because she gave me antibiotics 7 days at a time and I ended up having gaps with no meds). Her staff is also horrible-I am not assigned a nurse-just who ever is there. If I call with med requests or questions I never get a response-if i call and ask to see a Dr and not a PA it can take four days to get in and the desk dragons are noticably annoyed that I would dare bother a doctor.
My Rhuematologist is the best. If I call her office I speak to one of two nurses both of whom I have met in person and who remember me when I call. Generally the nurse takes a message and then calls me back within half an hour with the doctors answer or more questions. Then the doctor herself calls me back before the end of the day-even if I have said she does not need to.

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   Posted 12/4/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm, yeah. I'm very happy with the nurses at my current place: they're very patient with all my questions and call me back promptly. I really do appreciate them. But my GI is just so terse, but in a way I feel like I can never get a word in. It's kinda like his way or the highway sort of thing. I'm interested in a new GI, but I also know how well I have it with these nurses. Tough situation, spiders. I sympathize!
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.

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   Posted 12/4/2008 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I've always approached the doctor nurse competence thing in this way: I am the boss of my body and my medical treatment. They work for me! If I am not happy with things, I tell them so politely and tell them what I expect. If I don't get that, I "fire" them and get new doctors. I've had to do this twice in the 15 years I've been dealing with this DD and related illnesses. I am lucky enough to live in Canada as well, so am not beholden to any large insurance companies trying to impose their will on me. I hope you are able to get the treatment and support you deserve!


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