those were some of the words I just read in one of Sandi's posts. But they are so very true.
Many people feel, for whatever person reason, that doctors owe them everything, because they are paying for that service.
Unfortunately, it does not work that way.
You bring in your fairly new automobile to an excellent service center because of a series of problems you have been having and you need them fixed. The mechanic checks you car over, making notes along the way. Then at the, they bring you into the office to review the findings.
Yes, you have a weakening "A", I think "B" should be replaced in the next year or so. You don't need to rush into anything, as long as you follow a few rules:
1 - Dont drive over 60mph
2 - Avoid Abrupt breaking
3 - Take corners slower
You listen to the mechanic, they give their rationale, it make sense to you, so you part with the understanding that in about 6 months you will need to have this revisited. You go home and in the first week, you follow all the rules, but then slowly as week goes by, you start driving over 70mph, you are constantly jamming on your brakes, and you love to hear the tires screeching as you swerve around turns. Then one day, your car really is having problems. And this is only 3 weeks after I saw the mechanic. You arrange to have your car towed to the mechanic, where are you are preparing to give him hell. After all he told me that I could wait 6 months before I came back..
What do you think the mechanic told this person, after the mechanic ask about his driving habits and if he stuck with those three rules.?
Its not really all that different with doctors and other service related folks. They have a job to do and they take it very serious. When they tell you do a number of things that should help, their expectations are that you will do them.
But when the patient comes back with nothing but excuses as to why they didnt do what they were suppose to, what do you think the doctor is going to say?
And what do you think the doctor is going to say when that same patient says Hey doc, listen, yeh, I didnt do all those things, but next time I will, meanwhile, I need 120 40mg Oxycontin to help with my miserable pain.
On the flip side, over the years, I have follow all my doctors instructions. They might have asked me to try this or try that, etc, I gave them all a try and then provided feedback. This way, both my doctor and I were able to work on a updated plan that many times required narcotic medications. I havent had a problem with that yet and I doubt if I will.
Broken down, its really very simple.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences