Ahhhhh, tsitodawg, IF ONLY I could have the chance to chat w/each of my specialists as you had w/your wife's cousin!!!! It would be such a refreshing "miracle" I really would be happy if it could happen on even only one occasion.
And, Nanners, how fortunate you are w/your gastro! My experience and the experience of others in this area is that our gastros are in the office only one day a week, the other 3 days are spent doing procedures so you NEVER get anywhere near that much time w/them. Usually not even on your initial consultation w/them for which you are billed a full hour and seldom have 30 minutes w/them.
The latter really bothers me as doctors just do NOT seem to hear - or don't know how to listen well. My family doctor always gives me a copy of the dictation from my specialists that they send to him. And always there are mistakes. Always. And I'm not talking typos.
The best solution to this I encountered w/a specialist that I absolutely detested and never saw again - but admired and respected his manner of handling his dictation. He carried a small hand held tape recorder in his lab coat breast pocket (he's one of those who likes to wear his white "lab coat" at the office). Then he takes up a bit of your consultation time at the end of your consult by dictating into that tape recorder. That gives you the opportunity to correct any mistakes (which I did) before the dictation is transcribed.
Just a short time ago I had an initial consult w/a new gastro. Our first meeting was in Endoscopy for an Upper Endo. After the UE he suggested I take Dexilant and to stop by his office and pick up some samples. The written instructions I was given before leaving the Endosocpy facility was to take the Dexlant once a day. Guess what?
When I got a copy of his dictation from my family doctor after the initial consult, he states that I am taking Dexilant once a day as I reported on my history - BUT HE goes on to say that he told me to take Dexilant EVERY OTHER DAY! I was so very tempted - and still might - to send him a xerox copy of my WRITTEN discharge instructions!!! There were a couple of other mistakes as well but the above illustrates my point most clearly.
I've often wished I had the nerve to ask that I be allowed to let a tape recorder run during my consults w/all my doctors!! And that they would be agreeable w/o feeling threatened, of course.
My computer says I need to upgrade my brain to be compatible with its new software.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 8/7/2010 5:55:12 AM (GMT-6)