My Doctor Really take the Time & Listens

By KarenH Latest Reply 2009-09-05 12:02:33 -0500
Started 2009-09-04 11:09:37 -0500

I am fairly new on here but I felt compelled to write about an issue I've been reading about on here. It seems from what I'm reading there are many doctors out there that are not allowing you to ask questions and giving a brush off. My situation is completely different. I have been fortunate to have a really great doctor for the past 30 years. This guy is a jewel! My appointments usually last around 30 minutes even though they are scheduled for 15. He is very patient, asks questions, I ask questions and we leave nothing out. He has sent me to several diabetes classes and his office offers an ongoing class every Saturday morning. My doctor also is the one that calls with lab results each and every time. I have had a struggle recently with a higher Alc than usual but I know it's due to some emotional eating but I am working on it! This site is really giving me some great information. I just wanted to say if there are any of you who feel your doctor brushes you off to please please find a new doctor because there are many great ones out there and you don't deserve that.kind of treatment…Karen

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Vicrgreen 2009-09-04 22:36:09 -0500 Report

I, too, have been blessed with a good doctor. Unfortunately, he is starting to talk about wanting to retire. He is the only doctor within 100 miles in several directions. He does have PAs and NPs but he has the responsibility. He will probably work til he drops but if he doesn't lighten his load that might be sooner than any of us would like to think.

I think that work ethic is probably one of the things that make him a good doctor. He treats the whole patient not the symptom of the moment. If you have a problem he will devote as much time as necessary to take care of it, which makes him late for most of his appointments. I don't think his scheduler ever gives anyone less than a 30 minute appointment and most of us get 45. He doesn't go over everything from birth forward but sometimes it feels like it.

A good doctor is a jewel beyond price. Anytime, but especially with something like diabetes.

KarenH 2009-09-05 12:02:33 -0500 Report

I understand your concern about your doctor retiring, My doctor has been my PCP for 33 years so he's not young. He hasn't mentioned retiring but when he does it will be tough for me. There are 6 other doctors in his practice but he's the best!

vgarrison 2009-09-04 11:21:52 -0500 Report

Miss Karen,

Thank you for posting this discussion. I had a "crappy" doctor for quite awhile, switched doctors and found an even "crappier" one with more credentials.

I gave up for awhile, and then realized that I had to find a good doctor for me. I need to know what I need to do to help save me. I finally found a great PCP, and the funniest thing is that she isn't a doctor at all, she is a nurse practitioner and I couldn't be happier.

3 doctors in one year and she is the first person to actually look at my feet. I mean how important is that. She ordered a LIPID Panel and kidney functions…I've never had either of those tests…and she finally ordered my first A1c in a year.

It IS wonderful when you find a great doctor isn't it.

I'm glad for you and I, and I hope anyone that has a "crappy" doctor takes the time and finds a good one for them. Remember the don't have to have 7 different initials after their name to qualify…

Blessed Be

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