I met my new doctor today. He asked me why I changed doctors and I told him the doctor I saw a week ago was arrogant, I didn't feel she listened, she lacked personality and felt she had something to prove to me. What he said next was something no doctor has ever said to me before. He said he believes in being a team player and partner with his patients. He said if there is a treatment he wants for a patient, he will listen and we can come to common grounds. When he said "If you ever feel that I am not listening let me know, if you ever feel that I am not giving you the best care possible, let me know. We will discuss everything and if I feel that I want another doctor, to let him know and he will help me find one". I almost fell off the chair. No doctor had ever said that to me. I think we are going to work well together.
He was surprised and pleased that I could speak with him about my diabetes and my health care. He asked how I knew so much. I told him I was an Emergency Medical Technician for over 10 years and I self educate. He said he wished more patients would do that and communication was the best thing a patient and doctor can have. He said I was doing good with my liquid diet, however he wanted me to add more protein so now I have to go get protein shakes.
I always communicate with my doctor. Asking people if something is normal, how to take medications, problems with side effects, having problems maintaining our diabetes are discussions to have with the doctor. He/she knows your medical history and can best advise us.
Since I will be following up with the ENT for after surgery care, he told me he will see me in 3 months unless something else happens and to contact him right away. I really think I am going to like my new doctor. He is far better than the one I saw.
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