I usually buy a gift at xmas time to show my appreciation . I do that with my fam dr , my psychiatrist and my therapist and this year with my GI ....I am lucky to have my GI he really cares and when I call him ...he calls me back withing 1/2 hr. I am lucky that I really like my drs and it really helps when your dr cares and genually wants to help make you feel better.
Post Edited (princesa) : 9/11/2007 1:08:47 PM (GMT-6)
I'm glad to see some positivity about everyone's medical professionals on this thread. Thank you, KitKat, for starting this! And thank you to those of you who are taking the time to selflessly reflect and trying to put yourself in your doctors' shoes even though you are suffering.
I am in my first year of medical school and have no life outside of it. The highlight of my day consists of feeling victorious when I find some random artery in my cadaver (I'm not complaining here - I like learning this stuff and I knowingly put myself in this position). BillShakespeare, you must have had very poor experiences with your own doctors to think so negatively of them, and that's really a shame. You say they don't care about people, that becoming a doctor is "easy," that they have ego complexes and are just entirely too "privileged" for their own good. I can't think of anything further from the truth than most of those statements for the vast majority of physicians. Sometimes we have to look inward when we feel so vehemently negative about something and Bill, I urge you to do so.
I have had some not-so-great doctors (the ones who are harried, can't be bothered, etc.) but in the same vein as above, I've had such positive experiences with so many more. Now I have even more appreciation for them and their skills. I hope to emulate those good ones someday.
This is Kitt and I am so proud of each of you for speaking up and sharing your stories. I too know many wonderful and kind Doctors. The one that did the autopsy on my son and attended his funeral, the GI Doctor my husband sees for his Crohn's and always follows up with a persoanl phone call the evening of his colonoscopy to make sure he is ok. She calls every single patient herself and she has many. The Doctor who held my hand when my Father died.
The ER Doctor, my partner, who worked long hard hours missing sleep, holidays with his family, time away from the golf course ( lol), put himself through medical school and works with Doctors Accross Borders. The man is kind and caring to everyone from the poor soul that lives under the bridge to the lawyers. Every single person he sees he treats with extreme dignity, even the patient out of his mind on Meth.
The doctors I know do not lie and hide their mistakes from the patients or their families. We have a protocol at our hospital, we tell the patient the truth up front when we make a mistake, why lie as we are only human and yes Doctors can make a mistake. Does not everyone or is there someone out there that is perfect ? I know I am just human.
On 911, we should be celebrating the medical field, EMS, Fire, Police, and all the people that came forward to try to save the lives of so many only to go home in tears of pain like the rest of the country.
Everyone of you is a special person, thank you for speaking out in such a positive and respectful manner.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Amen.
One of the reason's the medical profession is stepping forward and admitting their mistakes is to break the wall of silence. It has been found to help the patient's and the families to hear straight from the physicians that they have made a mistake and acknowledge their mistake. The patients need this information so they can continue on with the care they need.
So yes you are right admission of mistakes is the better road to take for all.
Yes there are some bad Doctors as with any profession but educating the public and nurses advocating for the patients has come a long way.
We now ask family members if they would like to be at the bedside of their loved one during full arrests as we feel if they see the effort of the team working to try to save a patient's life, they will know all is being done and they can also be their to talk directly to the staff when they have a question. I have not had an ER Doc refuse a family member access during a code. The Doctor is on full display for the family to see and if they see something they question and later take it to litigation, well so be it.
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