Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Some Advice To Doctors

After having an upper endoscopy today, I'd like to offer some friendly advice to doctors in general.

#1 - When giving a person an IV, and they are freaking out and breathing heavily because they happen to be terrified of needles, asking them twenty times if they are sure they aren't pregnant is eventually going to elicit a snappish response.

#2 - Having any kind of procedure can be nerve-wracking.  This is not the right time to tell the patient that the left side of their face is considerably droopier than the right side of their face.

#3 - It is also not the right time to ask them if they have every had major trauma to the left side of their face when they have not.  Ever.

#4 - When taking the patient's blood pressure, it is best not to mention that they might want to consider insurance-paid plastic surgery in the future.  Their blood pressure is sure to rise.

These are just friendly suggestions, so take them or leave them.  But be aware that saying or doing any of these things might add to the patient's anxiety and low self-esteem. 
Just saying.

Beth - 0 (sad droopy face)
Doctor - 0 (meanie)

1 comment:

  1. theoretically, the doc could be making sure you aren't having a stroke with the droopy face comment... still bad bedside manner but medically feasible

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