Well, that’s great ! I’m glad I don’t look like I feel... I’d have to worry about the dogs mistaking me for a fire hydrant or other excretory depository.
I’m not sure what THIS looks like:
– autonomic dysfunction: inconsistent regulation of blood pressure, heart rate, temperature
– diabetes w/complications on insulin
– degenerative joint disease (with one shoulder now having symptoms, both shoulders, both hips, and both knees involved- and no “elective” replacement surgeries because of my history of pulmonary emboli).
– degenerative disc disease, from cervical spine to sacral spine (or neck to butt)
– severe fibromyalgia
– carpal tunnel
– peripheral neuropathy (progressive sensory, diabetic amyotrophy)
– nocturnal epilepsy
– neurocardiogenic syncope/POTS (related to autonomic dysfunction/dysautonomia)
– GERD (fairly severe)
– epigastric hernia (vs. ventral- still getting worked up)
– sleep apnea
– diabetic nerve pain (feels like thighs are on fire, or hot needles in feet)
– defeated patient with little hope of getting anything addressed without some sort of support.
And I’m not sure how ‘visible’ my history is, either:
– APL (acute promyelocytic leukemia)
– acute, subacute, and chronic pulmonary emboli in all three lobes of my right lung and right pulmonary artery
– multiple concussions
– mild stroke
– hydration issues
– kidney injury (related to dehydration)
– sepsis (r/t pyelonephritis, cancer, and post knee replacement UTI)
– and I’m sure things I’m forgetting, including several surgeries.
Now add a doctor for nearly each of those, who don’t talk to each other. I’m supposed to manage it all, AND manage the communication (or lack thereof) between doctors. BTDT, and it ain’t working ! My job is to be a compliant patient. But how can I be compliant when decisions are being made without any input from myself, and the doctors not communicating with each other before ragging on me? I get to be a participant in my own life !! If not, I can’t work with that physician/NP/PA/XYZ. I can’t trust anybody who won’t hear MY concerns. The first part of assessment is focusing on the issue at hand- and that includes patient concerns. LISTEN- it’s cheap and used to be fairly standard.
Otherwise, if I’m not a part of my own healthcare, why should I go see those who have ME figured out without my participation?