Monday, August 23, 2010

Effing Incompetents

For the record, if you have an M.D. (or some other set of letters indicating medical specialty) behind your name...
  • Do not assume my IQ is smaller than my shoe size.
  • Please give me clear, direct answers to my clear, direct questions.
  • Call me with test results when you say you're going to call me with test results, especially if we are talking about serious health issues where time matters.
  • Do not tell me, when I call for the results, that you failed to test for  one of the things you suspected in the first place.  Seriously????  If you think X, Y, and Z are viable diagnoses and say you want to test for them and they can all be done at the same time, why in God's name would you only test for X and Y, particularly when Z is the most dangerous and you've already suggested it as a very real possibility?
  • Do not act surprised when I ask if a certain basic course of action is appropriate.  Definitely don't interject, "Oh! Yeah!  That's a good idea!"  Quite honestly, it does not instill confidence.  It just makes YOU sound like the one with a smaller than shoe sized IQ.
  • And for fuck's sake DO NOT try to bullshit your way through my questions with a bunch of vagaries, speculations, and contradictions of yourself, which clearly indicate either your utter ignorance or your total indifference.  I'd much rather have you admit you're not sure and give me the name of someone who can help me.  A referral to a specialist who knows the topic better than you is not a weakness.  It's called being a professional and making sure a patient is properly cared for.  I don't expect you to know everything but I do expect you to have some reasonable problem solving abilities and to know where to search for the answers you lack. Oh, and if it's indifference, then may you suffer every disease and malady to which you have ever responded callously.
  • And seriously, if I have to see every damn med student, PA student, nurse practitioner student, and curious onlooker before I ever get to talk to your incompetent self I'm going to start charging admission.  I know they need to learn but right now I'm just a bit tired of having to listen to them whining about not knowing what to do and needing their hand held.
I'm tired, frustrated, and kinda angry.

I know this is a somewhat cryptic post and I apologize.  Tonight I just need to vent and I'm sorry.  This week I may or may not be around much depending upon what sorts of answers I can get, how far I have to go for them, and in how timely a fashion I get them. It's not me, it's one of my children, so the mama bear in me is stirred up.  My poor girl has had one horrible summer in so many ways and I hurt for her.  Prayers welcome.

EDIT: Shoutout and big thanks and praise to Moose, who shows more competence and genuine concern all the way from Alaska than what I'm getting locally.

17 comments:

Craig said...

Ugh; so sorry. Prayers on their way. . .

Beach Bum said...

Seriously???? If you think X, Y, and Z are viable diagnoses and say you want to test for them and they can all be done at the same time, why in God's name would you only test for X and Y, particularly when Z...

Took my son to an emergency room once and he was seen by a doctor so young I expected to hear that his mother still had a bedtime for him. The kid couldn't listen to me but kept scrolling through his computer at some flowchart of symptoms. Heck, if that is all it takes to be a doctor I could do that.

I eventually called a nurse and explained how I didn't trust that kid and got a new, more experienced doctor.

secret agent woman said...

Oh, buy - been there. Keeping you guys in my thoughts.

jinksy said...

I totally understand your frustration. All best vibes winging in your direction...

~Tim said...

Sending positive energy your way. Give 'em as much hell as they need to get the job done right. [And then maybe just a scootch more for your trouble.]

Moosekahl said...

Ok, you made me blush. Know I'm thinking about you and keep me posted. Love ya!

Cricket said...

Sigh. Gotta love it, by which I mean, of course, gotta hate it. But you know what they say:

What do you call the guy who graduates last in his class at med school?

Doctor.


When my father needed spinal surgery a few years ago, he consulted 4 different doctors. He got 4 different diagnoses, four different recommendations, four different prognoses. Well, that helped. He went with the one that involved the least. He seems reasonably ok now, but still....

With sympathy and prayers for your limelet.

Cocotte said...

I'm so sorry and I hope that you get some answers today!

G-Man said...

They don't don't you very well do they?

haphazardlife said...

You go ahead and vent Lime. Vent away, you're entitled.

Eric Alder said...

Nothing cryptic about this post, Lime. Welcome to modern medicine, brought to us by greedy pharmacutical companies, incompetent doctors, fraudulent malpractice suits and the whole medical insurance racket.

I wish you the best of luck.

coopernicus said...

kinda angry????

prayers for the limelets
death to the incompetents

S said...

LRs doctor is an ass. We fired her.
I once asked her a question which apparently she had already covered, but i needed it reiterated...
she said to me,
"you are not listening to ME, I said..."

That was the last straw....bitch.

Have a better day

Moannie said...

I was going to write that 'I'd hate to see you really angry, then read on and TOTALLY understand your reason to rant. How many times has that sort of thing happened to most of us? And you have to PAY to recieve that treatment...not on.
Don't pray but am sending you a line from my heart.

Craver Vii said...

Grrr... You want I should bust some legs?

I feel bad for you, Lime. Sure; I'll send up some prayers.

Jocelyn said...

Ah, Punky, I'm sorry. As I was reading, I totally thought this must concern one of your kids--there's something in the rage and adrenalin that is totally Mamma Bear.

Damn if I don't hope you get answers soon and have a chance to schedule that doc's chiropractic appointment at 2 a.m. in a grocery store parking lot osmeday in the future.

(M)ary said...

Oh dear. I am so sorry!!!
I bet they are competent with the billing and money collecting. Apparently, that is the most important aspect of healthcare these days.

As far as the sickness, my advice is onions, garlic and ginger. Lots of it. I think onions are for bacterial infections and garlic is for viruses. Ginger, well, not sure but I eat it raw whenever I don't feel well. And the strong taste distracts me for awhile.