I have hesitated writing this post for several weeks. Yes, I went back. I really did. I returned for my follow-up appointment with the rheumatologist. Nervous. Concerned. Apprehensive. So many emotions, but armed with my questions.
I wanted to discuss the results of the Vectra DA test. I also wanted clarification for some of the other comments the doctor made, such as exactly what is my diagnosis. I mentioned this in my post Patient Frustration with Physicians.
I realize I’m typically a very serious person and don’t joke much. However, I really don’t see any reason to apologize for this since illness and disease are not something I would joke about. Apparently the doctor has a difference of opinion.
When I ask a question, I expect an answer. It’s really a fairly simple expectation. The answer can be brief, but enough to give me some knowledge to walk out the door with. I can find reliable resources to read once I have a starting point and I rely on the doctor to get me started with his ‘expert opinion.’
It is typical for this doctor to answer a question with a question. I told him of my concerns with the outcome of the Vectra DA test. I asked about a supplement he recommended. I asked about my diagnosis. Each time he answered my question with another question.
I felt like I was dealing with a relative of the Riddler in a “Batman” movie. So I suppose I now need to become the caped crusader for reliable healthcare responses?
I finally got a few answers, but I have to admit, I still have no clear direction. Frustration should not be part of healthcare, much less a doctor’s appointments. I remember my wonderful pediatrician, Dr. Perry. He was great — understood my fears, answered all my questions and made me feel very safe and cared for. I didn’t worry when Dr. Perry was in charge. What happened to the “good old days?”
I don’t envy what doctors have to endure today as they deal with insurance providers, government regulations, mandates for electronic records, etc. I appreciate their wisdom. All I ask is that our time together be beneficial to me. Now to figure out what I think about the options of where to go from here.
What do you think about healthcare today?