This week, we’ve talked about things unseen; your pain to others, or maybe just you to others. Today, I wonder how your doctor sees you? I remember when I first became injured, I felt that some of the physicians didn’t see me; they only saw the diagnosis, the chart, or just anything else.
As a paramedic, we differentiate between signs and symptoms. A sign is something that you can record; like pulse, respiration, blood pressure, lung sounds, cardiac rhythm, and so on. A symptom is what the patient tells you; how they feel, what concerns them, and the like. So here I am a pain patient with the signs that “could” explain why I have pain, however, it takes me to explain what it feels like so as to best manage the pain. Unfortunately, I came across doctors and (fellow) nurses who wouldn’t listen. How does that work? How does that help? It was, and sometimes still can be, infuriating. How about you? Do you feel like talking to the wall behind your physician would be just as productive? Has your prescription been written out before your visit? How do you handle the healer that doesn’t care to heal?