I recently had an experience with a doctor who was incredibly rude and confrontational. This was only my first consultation with him. I was so surprised that I wasn’t sure how to react. Where is this coming from?, I asked myself. Needless to say, I decided not to risk having to go through this again, so I didn’t return. But that was a first experience, and it wasn’t that hard to find somebody else minus all the attitude.
But I had to wonder how I might have reacted if he was the only person who could treat my condition, or if my healthcare plan limited my options, or he had been my regular provider.
Have you had one of those days when you feel like you got the “bum’s rush from your doctor? Maybe a quick once-over and sent on your way?
Or, you got a lecture that bordered on a good scolding?
Maybe a lot of those days? To be honest, I am often hearing stories from people living with diabetes about doctors who go heavy on the tough love when some compassion might be in order, and a lot more effective.
Sure, your doctor may be doing a good job of managing your condition. But wow, the attitude that goes along with it!
Have you ever felt like your doctor was unnecessarily unkind, scolding, or just plain rude?
On those days when your doctor isn’t exactly a shining example of bedside manner and compassion, what do you do? Putting up with it? Hoping the next time goes better?
I recently wrote an article on dealing with rude or scolding doctors. Here’s a link:
I’m interested in knowing if you have had this experience. And how you have handled it. If you said something, or if you let it go.
Communicating with your doctor is not only about what is said but how it is said.
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