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Old 09-14-11, 03:53 PM
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Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

In our crowded fast paced health care system, it's not easy these days to find a doctor with good bedside manner. The old adage that a doctor just needs to be a patient for a day to have good bedside manner rings true.


Yet, I almost never hear of a doctor becoming a patient and needing medical treatment. Have you ever been to your doctor and he says, "this is what you have, and believe me, I know personally how much it hurts!" ?


The one time I was admitted to the hospital was on a Friday night. I can still remember hearing the doctors discuss their weekend plans while writing up my orders. It was a depressing feeling knowing they would get to go home and enjoy their weekend while I was stuck in this hospital facing the unknown. Maybe if they had to stay in the hospital, they would know how agonizing it is to sit and wait all day for that door to open and the doctor come visit you.

Yet, every doctor I've seen always talks about my problems from a distant perspective. It's like they never experience cancer, heart disease, back pain etc...


Is there some magic knowledge or formula that they are hiding from us?
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Re: Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

My oncologist died of a heart attack. He was in his 40s.
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Re: Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

Originally Posted by dvdjunkie32 View Post
Yet, every doctor I've seen always talks about my problems from a distant perspective. It's like they never experience cancer, heart disease, back pain etc...
Doctors are human beings too so they have experienced just as many injuries and diseases as the rest of us. The thing is that doctors have to distance themselves from their patients on purpose. Something like one out of every five patients admitted to the hospital will never leave alive. When a doctor is dealing with death day in and day out like that, they can't afford to let themselves get close to their patients or they will end up going insane.
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Re: Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

My sister in law is finishing her residency right now, and I have a bit of inside perspective on this since we hang out with doctors a lot these days.

In the past 3 years, I have seen tons of doctors go to the ER or take their kids to the ER/urgent care, and also to clinics. Pregnancy complications, injuries, seriously weird ailments and disorders... they frequently joke that doctors and the family of doctors are the ones that get the worst things. Some of them decided to become doctors in part because of their ongoing medical struggles, to help people with similar problems.

Doctors are far from immune.

They are very much familiar with it, but it is also a job that they do on a daily basis so the way they view a situation is probably not the way you do.

Having said that, while the time waiting sucks, in most cases it's the best they can do. They usually aren't out back playing Foosball before deciding to finally come see you.
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My oncologist died of a heart attack. He was in his 40s.
Close thread.
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Re: Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

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Close thread.
Not before we hear what happened to his proctologist!
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Re: Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

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Not before we hear what happened to his proctologist!
He always seems to have a broken finger.
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People always think that doctors never get sick. That's only because people go to the doctor once a year.
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One of my oncologists had terminal cancer whilst he was treating me.
I never knew till I saw his obituary in the newspaper.
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Doctors have special access to medicines the rest of us have never heard of. Don't even try to ask about them either.
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Medical treatment is for pussies. Just ask Otter's resident doctor, TallGuyMe.
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Re: Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

I speak to md's offices every day and hear md's calling in their own rx's. Not sure I like that they are allowed to do this, but they are.
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Re: Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

Originally Posted by Vibiana View Post
Medical treatment is for pussies. Just ask Otter's resident doctor, TallGuyMe.
I'm sure he has a wonderful bedside manner, as long as you don't ask for a certain medication by name or even know what any medications do.. Particularly Vicodin.
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I'm sure he has a wonderful bedside manner, as long as you don't ask for a certain medication by name or even know what any medications do.. Particularly Vicodin.
And what's that last one they gave me? Diluted? Dilodad? Oh, yeah, Dilaudid, that's it!
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Re: Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

I read an essay recently about how doctors learn their trade. They have to practice on live humans, and it takes a few tries before they get it right.

When doctors go to the hospital, the don't allow interns, or anyone but the most expert doctors, to operate on them. So naturally doctors have to spend less time in hospitals recovering from incompetent healthcare. The rest of us have to take who we're given.
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I read an essay recently about how doctors learn their trade. They have to practice on live humans, and it takes a few tries before they get it right.

When doctors go to the hospital, the don't allow interns, or anyone but the most expert doctors, to operate on them. So naturally doctors have to spend less time in hospitals recovering from incompetent healthcare. The rest of us have to take who we're given.
chances are that they know the residents or the chief of a department who will operate personally as a favor. like in any other profession
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Re: Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

Once you work any job for a certain amount of time, whether you flip burgers or perform brain surgery, it becomes routine. I typically try to go to younger doctors. They often have better bedside manners and treat health problems more aggressively because they haven't had 30 years to become jaded assholes.
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Originally Posted by Vibiana View Post
And what's that last one they gave me? Diluted? Dilodad? Oh, yeah, Dilaudid, that's it!
I got that when I had my heart surgery, that is some trippy shit. Was getting 1 cc every hour. I don't think I woke up for more than 3 minutes for 2 days lol.

I asked the nurse what it was when she said the name and she said "It's like Morphine......" I was like "Cool" Then she finished her sentence "it's like Morphine times 10" Hydromorphone, yipee
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Doctors & their families are actually do some of the highest utilization of healthcare services. They just don't necessarily wait in the same lines. And with a fee-for-service model it is a little self-serving at times.
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Yes, I usually would self-treat for any illness I might have. And so would you, if you could write your own prescriptions. I'm sure my automechanic fixes his own car too.
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Re: Does It Seem Like Doctors are Rarely Patients?

Originally Posted by Thor Simpson View Post
Not before we hear what happened to his proctologist!
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He always seems to have a broken finger.
that has got to be a real pain in the ass.
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Yes, I usually would self-treat for any illness I might have. And so would you, if you could write your own prescriptions. I'm sure my automechanic fixes his own car too.
Yeah, but do you treat yourself with respect and compassion?
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Only William Hurtt.
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I got to see a doctor being a patient yesterday. A medical friend of mine was having a colonoscopy, and needed someone to be her designated driver. I went with her.

It was quite entertaining. Fortunately the nurse putting in her IV had a sense of humor, and just smiled when my friend kept telling her how to do it.

I didn't get to watch the procedure, of course, but shortly after they took her in for it, one of the nurses came back to the prep area to get my friend's glasses. "She can't see the monitor."
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I'm a doctor. And a mom. And a wife, daughter, and sister. Never pulled strings or asked professional courtesy, although I have received it before. Do you talk about your weekend plans while at your job? It's no different to us although I try not to have an inappropriate behavior in front of families and patients in life threatening emergencies.

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