My new "doctor", the Physician Assistant

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muskrat
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   Posted 5/1/2005 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Recently had an appointment with the doctor....instead of the doctor, the PA saw me.
I was pleasantly surprised at his knowledge, compassion, and attentiveness to me.  He handled my depression with empathy, feeling and understanding, plus really knew what he was doing.
I am well pleased with this gentleman and will go to him instead of the doctor.

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/1/2005 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Muskrat,

That is a common reaction to PA's. They have more time to spend for one thing. If they run across something they are not sure about, then they defer to the doctor. It IS often a great set up. Glad you like yours.
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sober for good
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   Posted 5/4/2005 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
i couldn't stand my doctor. it feels like doctors could care less sometimes. i will see mine 1 more time, then see if he can refer me to someone else. i went in one time for my panic attacks, or to make sure i was ok, and all he did was weigh me, take my bp and then told me to come back in a month to check and see if my bp was down, which it was high due to my anxiety. but i was in there a total of 10 minutes, 5 of those were sitting by myself waiting for him to come in there. my bp was 155 over 85 i think, but when i take it at home it's 120/80. i get really nervous in hospitals and doctors offices, because of my dads death and having them take us to the quiet room in the hospital to tell us he was dead. i just feel like you pay so much to see a doctor, that they could at least care about you and show some compassion.

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/4/2005 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Sober,

You are right . . . you do deserve more. Take advantage of choice in doctors and move on to someone who you will click with. If the next doc doesn't click than go to another. In other countries (and with our military families) they do not have as free a choice . . . they are stuck with certain doctors and wait a long time to see them.

I finally have one doc that I 'click' with and it's about time.

You might try to get a referal from friends . . . see how they like their docs. The younger docs have more training in caring for depressed, anxious people . . .so don't worry if the new doc is young.

I hope this helps.

Blessings!
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AlwaysRosie
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Never Alone
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   Posted 5/6/2005 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
absolutly you should find a doc that works for you ...i mean you pay him or her for a service so get the best you can my phsyciatrist and i have had a good realtionship for 5 yrs we talk like friends and not clinicly we get along great
                          I have walked the road of recovery
                          for sometime now
                          I look behind and see progress
                          though slow and alone it was
                          I look foward and see no end
                          I am alone.......
                          then a hand touched each shoulder so tender
                          so I looked to both sides and I found friends
                          who dont walk behind nor ahead
                          but by my side
                          I am not alone.......
                          and through my endless journey
                          I hope to see them reach     
                          the end of thier road of recovery
                          I will always be here
                          but  NEVER ALONE
                          I walk with my friends


CheerDad
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   Posted 5/6/2005 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Muskrat, glad you that you are finding a path for help that works for you. The PA at my doc's office is great. She will also take the time to discuss things with you and is far more pleasent on the eyes than the doc (LOL), but that doesn't take too much.

sober - it is very important to find a doctor that will listen to you, take the time to explain treatment programs and reasoning behind them, and what is the expected outcome. If you don't feel comfortabale with your Dr. then it might be time to either ask for more guidance or seek another.
 
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
Randy
 
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