THE IMPATIENT PATIENT..

Lying in hospital since the previous 30 days...life's been a roller-coaster in the true sense of the term...never expected an innnocuous looking bout of fever to keep me
in bed for so long....
For the first 14 days the docs weren't able to diagnose nythng nd i was on symptomatic treatment....and yes,those were the days i was running helter-skelter to
get tests done-USG,CT SCAN nd what not!!....nd i've lost count of the nmbr of times i've given blood,nt that i bothered to count nywys....
and i certainly don't blame my doc the way some of my co-patients very blatantly do...poor chap!!...he's following the standard procedure..its certainly not his fault
if the results prove inconclusive...

I chuckle silently when i hear some of my co-patients,most being officers in the army,navy or air force,lament the fact that their treatment's taking so long.Some even
go to the extent of questioning the doctor's integrity and commitment in treating his patient..

'typical layman thinking'....dats what any person remotely associated with medicine would term it as...

To think of ur doc as some magician who could treat ur illness with a weave of his magic wand is 'WISHFUL THINKING' at its best....
bt that's what ppl end up doing...SAD,to say the least.
patients need to understand that the ppl treating them are humans too and have a certain procedure to follow to reach a diagnosis and the fact that the procedure may
take time....
and reaching a diagnosis is not the be all and end all....
the treatment takes time....
the effect of the drug needs to be monitored....
follow-up and what not!!!
WISH 'PATIENTS' COULD BE A LITTLE MORE 'PATIENT' BEFORE BRANDING THEIR docs with adjectives(some of which are not too polite)....
Of course,this resenting patient community is a very small one
but a very difficult one to manage,as any doctor could tell you...

P.S.-this knowledge has dawned upon me only after having spent some two years in medical school...
not to say,earlier i wasn't much different from those resenting officers...

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