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December 29, 2009
Gotta comment panel-by-panel on this one or I'll lose my train of thought!
Panel 1: It's tough to write out his accent but I thought I'd try. This visit was also the only time I've actually met a doctor in his office instead of an exam room--I thought they only did that on TV!
Panel 2: That was an exhaustive day: 23 vials in one go! We were trying to avoid having to stick the other arm to finish it out but the first one was giving up.
Panel 3: Damned if you do, damned if you don't, you know? I figure if their form is going to list potential issues from the top of the head to the tip of the toes, they must actually want a complete history, right? Even acknowledging that everything is connected and taking a holistic approach to healing, I thought this form was a little in-depth for a gastro center but who am I to argue? You always hear about the doctor fumbling about until an 'oh, by the way' comment leads to that eureka moment...
Panel 4: Seriously, folks, and I still let this guy perform the endoscopies. I don't know what I was thinking. The nerve! A guy walks in who, honestly, was my age or possible younger(!) and tells me--without a single test or exam or even questioning me about what I've listed on the form--that it's all in my head. If I hadn't actually read about this response from others on the ACOR list I might have been even more dumbfounded than I was. As to the "no one can be this sick" comment, my family tree could dispute that without heading up more than a branch or two (not to mention we've discovered a few more things since he made that comment). If you ever have a doctor treat you like that, please get up and leave. You can do better.