hoodooznoodooz May 28, 2021 Share May 28, 2021 (edited) 17 hours ago, cardigirl said: I agree with this. I think the point being made was that the doctor wasn't listening, or didn't appear to be listening to Regina, who was scared. She felt off and felt like something was wrong, and even though he saw nothing to indicate further testing, he was not doing anything to reassure her or explain why he felt the test was not necessary. No plan of action was discussed. Patients do need to be their own advocates, but doctors assess situations based on a myriad of details and information that they have spent years accumulating. I'm not saying there aren't bad doctors out there, but I get tired of the trope that the patient knows more than the doctor. It's rarely true. And doctors also don't want to be accused of loading up a patient with unnecessary tests. I liked that it was her mother who had to protect her, because Regina was vulnerable at that moment, but most doctors I have, have taken the time to explain why they are doing (or not doing) what they are for my care. 100%!!! That said, the doctor in this scene seemed much more present and invested than doctors who treat me. The doctors I’ve dealt with tend to shield themselves from all the sadness and horror, and rush, distance, detach and compartmentalize, often using a phony hyper-cheerful approach. A fertility specialist entered and immediately backed out of the treatment room, without making eye contact with me, because he had just seen on my chart that I had had another miscarriage, under his treatment. My own sister who loves me to the moon and back detaches about my chronic 8 out of 10 back pain. And she’s an orthopedic surgeon! Edited May 28, 2021 by hoodooznoodooz Link to comment
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