So today I went to my GP for a "follow up"..to what I don't know, but I go when they call me to give me results from a specialist.(cardiologist this time..all ok) He was picking my brain about Lupus!!! He has a young patient(18) and having odd symptoms. He treats me and my daughter so he is getting an education in Lupus. He was unsure if to test this patient, but after a few things I mentioned, he was like"that's it..I am testing her for Lupus"...so the moral of my story is..if we open even one persons eyes to this disease, it is a great thing...awareness is key. I laughed all day that he consulted ME..hahaha
lol ... i had a check up today too YAY, they said i had a creatine of 2.0 which is high so i need to watch what i eat and work out because im getting very lazy in the winter
Great story Andrea. In my former career, I was considered by some to be "at the top of my game", if you will. But despite all the schooling and practical experience, I would come across "non experts" all the time who were valuable sources of knowledge, and I was always grateful for their advice and contributions to my overall base of knowledge. It can be hard to set aside ego and reputation and ask a customer, or in your Dr's case, a patient, for advice and help. That your Dr. is able to do this is really a great thing. Too bad more Dr's can't be like this. And kudos to you for being able to help another person find a diagnosis, and opening one persons eyes to the facts of Lupus.
Last edited by rob; 02-01-2010 at 08:28 PM.
hooray for you and your dr. Like rob said, he is to be admired for caring more about the wellbeing of his patient that his own ego....that is scarce among drs.
i am so glad that you were able to help him....now, he will be able to help this poor person who is suffering...
You deserve sweet dreams tonight....give yourself a gentle hug for me.
share a smile today
I had a doc like that back in San Antonio - my wonderful PCP. She accepted that Jeff and I were well-educated and very experienced and talked to us as equals. I always get so disgusted when docs talk down to me, explaining things as if they are talking to a child. With my education in Latin and Greek, I usually have the words that he/she is using figured out quickly, and with Jeff's background in Chemistry and Biology, he understands the medical terms on a fairly high level. Some docs have actually seemed very threatened and defensive when we start asking questions on a higher level than most patients. That's usually when we start looking for another doc.
Andrea, that is awesome! What a humble, caring doctor!
I am pretty lucky...he is young but he listens and thinks outside the box..I think. He says he treats the patient..not the blood work, and I respect that because I was symptomatic for soooo long and it just so happened my blood work turned pos shortly after I met him. He was mortified when he had to tell me. He's a sweet guy...even though he told me I need to get moving and excercise!!!
He sounds awesome! I like what he says...that he doesn't treat the blood work! It's refreshing to hear a doctor say that!!!!