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   Posted 3/6/2011 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Just got out of the hospital after two weeks and it was awful. The Attending assigned to my case had the worse bedside manners and I truly believe they became a MD b/c of pressure from their parents and really hates their job and takes it out on patients. I was told that it is impossible for someone to have my acute pain for as long as I've had it to I wasn't trying hard enough or I don't want to get better to making the whole thing up--uh, well, if I was going to make something up it wouldn't be bowel disease, chronic diarrhea is not that glamorous. Oh, it was all said with clever innuendo, but I got the messages. I am exhausted.

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   Posted 3/6/2011 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
What a JERK!!!!!! I am so sorry!!! I hate going to the hospital and I swear I believe the ER Dr's (that stay more than is 6 months) and the attending Dr's for hospitals are there only because they can't have a decent practice of their own.......nobody would use it!!!!!

I've found that same ignorance in my local hospital to the point I drive at least 20 miles for I'm looking at driving further. At least some of the physicians at the larger hospitals (in the larger cities) have seen more than the common cold or a baby being born. I know CP's are unusual, but come on??? Is all of this poor treatment to us necessary??? Who, in their right mind, would ever want to fake our lives (especially bowel disease)?

BigLucy, I'm really happy you are home and have this horrible experience behind you. Rest and relax as much as possible now and feel better soon my friend.
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   Posted 3/6/2011 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Lucy , I'm really sorry you had to go through that , it sounds just awful ! Some doctors are so insensitive its unbeleiveable , they clearly have issues relating with patients , which should be something they are well trained at doing and have received any assistance they need to be proficent at . But its really just relating to people , it should be pretty basic , you treat others with respect . Many doctors don't seem to get it at all . I hope you are able to put this in the past as soon as possible , but I know how upsetting it can be as I've had it happen to me too . Hoping your feeling better , Mikel
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   Posted 3/6/2011 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
So sorry you had to put up with such a jerk, BigLucy. Sometimes those people are just so thick. I understand they probably see addicts and fakers all day, but they still have to take consideration of the real patients. I had an orthopedist like that once. Didn't care at all for his patients and treated them all like fakers. It's the pits.

I also hate it when bad doctors try to set limits on their belief of how pain works. Those same bad doctors I used to have would do the same thing. And I always thought, "Hey they're the doctors they must know, so what's wrong with me?" That is until I met real doctors, and they always believe me, because what do you know, I'm not the only person who experiences pain like this. And a few tests later, oh look, a physical malady. The doctors who don't believe their patients cannot help with healing and shouldn't be doctors. I agree with retiredmom, that's why these doctors cannot get better jobs. It's too bad that our emergency workers have to so often be the bottom of the barrel. Sometimes I wish that we could actually share our pain with these unbelieving doctors, then they'd recognize what their patients have to deal with every day. Of course, I don't think any of us would want to put our pain on even our worst enemies. What we really need is a pain thermometer. Just something to break the lower end of doctors out of *their* delusions.

That whole "you're not trying hard enough" thing boils my blood as well. It comes out of the same lack of understanding. If they understood what you had to go through, they'd know that there's nothing that would keep you from anything you could do to get better. I think sometimes CP coping strategies get misunderstood too. It never occurs to a bad doctor that you cannot live in pain everyday without accepting that it is a part of your life and learning ways to deal with it. I think they see the acceptance and use it as evidence for their own delusions.

Well enough steaming about doctors who don't deserve their jobs.

I'm so glad you're out of that place, BigLucy. I hope that you never have to deal with that kind of junk again. Rest up, and I hope you feel much better. And please let us know how you're doing.


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   Posted 3/6/2011 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Lucy, I'm so sorry to hear of your experiences - totally agree with what has already been said about emergency doctors - a few decent ones but the majority are a nightmare.

Take good care of yourself and I hope that you're feeling better very soon.


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   Posted 3/7/2011 2:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Ugh, I am /so/ sorry you had to go through that, BigLucey. As if being in the hospital for two weeks wasn't bad enough, and with what you were dealing with. Nothing like adding a side of cretin to the whole ordeal.

I can remember when I was in and out of the maternity ward for false/early labor. There was one nurse, and she had the worst manners on her. I could be in full active labor and Atilla the Nurse would walk in and my contractions would come to a screatching halt. As if my own unborn child was trying to say, "I'm not coming into this world with her around!"

Did you by chance get the doctor's name so you can write the head of the hospital/ER a letter and let them know about Mister Wonderful's bedside manner... or perhaps he was merely doing his impersonation of Dr. House. Either way, obviously the man got his medical license from a box of cracker jacks. Thank goodness you're out of there!
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   Posted 3/7/2011 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Lucy I'm so sorry that you had to be subjected to that kind of treatment. It does seem that docotors in the Er these days get their license from the cracker jack box. The last time we were in the hospital, I said I didn't want to ever have to go back to that hospital again. Thank God we haven't had a reason. some of the nurses were nice but some of them were so terrible with their bedside manner. I doubt I'll let anyone take me there, if I know what's going on. I would rather go to another hospital further away. I'm lucky that we've got several hospitals that I could go to if need be. I just wish that they PM clinics in them.

Back to you Lucy. I'm sorry I got off on the rant. I'm really glad you're home and doing better. I hope you continue to feel even better really soon. Hopefully no more hospital visits.

Take care.

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