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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/23/2011 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Wednesday Koffee Klatch
     If you are new to this forum family then you may be wondering what kind of goofy question is that on a health care forum. idea   We all suffer with medical conditions and with most of us there is pain involved...sometimes a lot of pain. Or maybe you are the loved one of one of these persons. This forum is all about how we help and support each other, how we gain back more quality to our lives, and how we can learn and share what we gain along the way and hopefully make not only our lives better but the lives of others who come to join us.

      But we need to also remember that there is the other side of life...the side that isn't concentrated on illness and pain. That's why we started the daily Koffee Klatch. This is a time to laugh, reminisce, chit-chat about the silly things in our lives...all fun things and no pain. In fact the 'P' word is not allowed...  turn    So each day we share our thoughts or experiences on a different topic. Often it includes food, sometimes we talk about our past, and other times we just get goofy! Laughter is our goal. So, please join us whether this is your very first day on Healing Well or you're a seasoned veteran.
Daily Question:
What qualities do you like your Physician (specialist, doctor) to have?

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 2/23/2011 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctors are all in the same building attached to my hospital. Although they're all different practices/companies, they all know each other very well. And, once I've signed the forms allowing them to, they communicate directly with each other. This has been a huge help to me. Not only does it save me appointments and copays to essentially transfer information back and forth, but they know each other well enough that they are able to discuss and figure out things together rather than battling with each other. My favorite example was when I met my PM once and we were talking, a symptom came up that I had never mentioned because in my mind it was small compared to everything else. Well my PM felt it changed things, so he went and called my Ortho on the phone, who answered right away because they know each other, and within five minutes they decided together on a different course of treatment.

I'm going to give one more, because I also feel it's what makes my doctors individually great and not just a great team. All my current doctors, but especially my PM make it clear to me that they really care about me not just as a customer, but as a person and in many ways as a friend. When I talk they never cut me short, they listen and they ask questions that show they really care. They really treat me as a friend that they have the ability to help. They are also very good at reading me and asking the questions I'd rather avoid. Rarely do they have to check my chart. The same way I remember what's going on in the lives of my friends, they remember me. This is what makes me able to trust them so well. And trust is so important. I could give so many examples, but then this post would be several pages long, so I'll leave it at that.

Great doctors really make the difference!

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   Posted 2/23/2011 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I like doctors who know their subject well and can explain things in layman terms and who truly have mastered the art of listening.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 2/23/2011 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I like a doctor that will have a conversation with you to find out what is wrong (diagnosis, etc.) when you first meet him/her and they try their best to help you all they can. I have that in the PM dr. that I saw last that prescribed the meds that I'm on now, but my pcp prescribes them.
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