Quietly Question Everything

This Is A Blogging A To Z Challenge Post

Every notice when children start to talk, their reply to every answer you give is “Why?”? Their inquisitiveness is never ending. They just never give up. Ever. So why is it then that when the medical “experts” tell people to do something, or take a medication, most people just say “okay”, and rarely does anyone question why.

When I awoke from the operation to close the hole in my heart, the operation that was supposed to make everything right, I found out the opposite, that I had heart failure. Later that day, the heart failure specialist came to my bedside to explain to me about their findings, and told me that he was prescribing a couple of medications that I would need to be on, most likely for the rest of my life.

What are the medications and what do they do? What are the side effects. How will they hamper or improve my life? Those were just some of the questions that I started to ask the doctor, and he being a doctor with a huge ego, did not appreciate the questions. He did answer all my questions, and afterwards he did really appreciate the questions because it boost his ego and he got to prove how knowledgeable he was.

One thing we all have to remember is that the doctor is YOUR employee. Never be intimidated by them. If you are not happy, or your doctor refuses or is reluctant to answer your questions, fire them and get one that will. Now, when I go to my doctors, they all ask if I have any questions, and laugh when I say “No”. Really and truly, I think it is a laugh of relief.

 

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  1. Jemima Pett says:

    Thanks, Basil. I’m just reaching the stage where I have appointments in my diary for the doctor, just like my parents did. I will ask them the questions and not just think “I’ll look online”. Good luck with your conditiion.
    Jemima
    Blogging from Alpha to Zulu in April

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    1. Basil Rene says:

      Thanks Jemima. It’s always best to question especially when it comes to our own health and treatments! Thanks for dropping by

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  2. Jackie says:

    I have a number coded binder of medical history files and medical journal articles. The binder even has an ever-changing table of contents depending on the purpose of my visits. It takes a big chunk of what little energy I have, but it is worth it to know I can be confident in my ability to advocate for myself.

    I find the binder (or often any advanced medical knowledge) intimidates many doctors which expresses itself as the doctor acting hostile in reaction to being asked to look at an article/lab and help me understand hows I misunderstood it, the doctor saying my case is too complex for him/her, the doctor requesting I advise them on where to turn next (seriously!), or the doctor outright refusing to look over the information. The doctors it doesn’t intimidate and comment my organization will be extremely helpful and ask their assistant to make a copy of all 150+ pages are keepers.

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    1. Basil Rene says:

      And I thought I was organized! That is awesome, and dedicated! But you are right, the good doctors will consult with you on your own treatment when they know that you are invested in yourself enough to be keeping your own records. The ones with huge egos will only want to be heard, and that’s when you just high tail it out of there.

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      1. Jackie says:

        You’re right on! Within the first 5 minutes, I know. Also, good doctors almost always ask, “Is there anything else we needed to talk about today?” while bad doctors almost always make me feel like I’m intruding on their time.

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