How would you describe your relationship with your physician? Before you answer that, does the word “love” come to mind?
It’s a word I hear a lot when clients are talking about their doctors. Along with a lot of other words somewhere between love, on one hand, and hate on the other.
We toss out the word “love” in relation to a lot of people, places, and things. We love ice cream. Our favorite hangout. Our living room sofa. Our family.
So yes, “love” doesn’t necessarily mean LOVE.
Awhile back, I wrote an article called, “Love me, treat me: Why you can’t expect your doctor to always say yes.” Here is the link:
If you love your doctor, what does he/she do that earns your love? Having time to talk? Being concerned, maybe with some “tough love” at times? And saying yes when you ask for something? In other words, qualities that go beyond the competence you expect in a physician?
Having said that… Looking back, any experiences when maybe all that affection for a doctor got in the way of your judgment? When maybe it clouded your judgment of the doctor’s competence?
Or, have you decided that liking – or even just tolerating – your doctor is enough? If so, what’s most important in your relationship?
I’m really interested in hearing from you!
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