Doctors have a hard job. No doubt about it. But when your doctor seems to be forgetting what he/she told you, that can be disconcerting. Here’s what a client’s doctor asked her:
“Have you had a chance to get to the lab yet? I want to get the results before I decide whether to take you off your supplement.”
My client didn’t remember him requesting that she get any testing done. And, in fact, he had told her to go ahead and discontinue the supplement on her last visit.
He also said: “Let’s go over your schedule for when you take your medications. As you remember, one needs to be taken before a meal and one after.”
While my client appreciated his thoroughness, they had already discussed this at her last meeting with him, and he had given her specific instructions. Didn’t he have it in his notes?
Have you ever been in my client’s shoes? Sure, doctors are busy these days. They go from one patient to another and don’t necessarily have time to go through all the notes for each patient. On the other hand, what if something important slipped through the cracks?
Teaming up with your doctor means helping him or her to do the best job possible in treating you. That might mean jumping in and doing a quick review to make sure your doctor is up-to-date on what you told him/her and what they told you during the last visit. It might also mean correcting your doctor when he/she is in error.
I wrote an article on this topic awhile back. Here is a link:
Do you ever feel like your doctor isn’t really listening? Or that he/she doesn’t review notes when meeting with you. Or maybe you are wondering what even goes into the notes?
What do you do when your doctor doesn’t seem to be keeping track of your treatment and his/her instructions? Any tips to share?
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