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July 28th, 2010

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02:03 pm - doctors
I really miss Diane, the nurse practitioner I saw as my 'primary care provider' when I first moved to Seattle. She was one of the few health care professionals I've dealt with who seemed to be paying attention. She convinced me she cared enough about me and my health to consider and get the gastric bypass surgery, which while it has been a rough road I still don't regret undertaking it. She didn't make everything about my weight, though - unlike other medical folk, whose attitude can be summed up by "you wouldn't get those hangnails if you'd lose some weight, you know".

Diane retired, and while I like my new doctor well enough, it's still frustrating to have her approach me naively about my weight - as though she's the first to broach the subject (ha, and as if) and as though we haven't talked about it every time I've seen her. It makes me wonder if she's even looked at my file. Even if she avoided looking at the fact that I'm (still, even with some weight gain) down 100lbs from where I spent the majority of my life, I would think the 12" surgery scar might be a clue or a memory jog. It makes it hard to trust that she's paying attention to my case.

It makes me reluctant to visit, as well, even when it's something like just talking about medication. My antidepressant scrip from the clinical trials has run out, so now I need to get my 'regular doctor' to handle the refills. So I'm going in to see her on Friday. I really hope I don't have to argue about it, but even thinking of going in and having to explain everything at least twice more is exhausting. Oh, and yeah - I'll have to scrounge up the co-pay from somewhere too.
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Date:July 28th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
We have a crazy health care system, that's for sure... I don't think I have ever gotten to see the same doctor more than once. No, I take it back, I did see one doctor twice... I liked her the first time, but the second time I saw her, she mistook me for a different patient! It wasn't just a slip of the tongue, either; she walked in rattling stuff off about some ailment that I didn't have. She didn't recover terribly well either, she kinda blew me off when I tried to follow up on a prior issue.

I don't blame the primary care physicians that much, though, even when they drive me crazy... they are the ones doing the (relatively) low status, low pay work and trying to fit everything into a seventeen minute office visit.

Uly had a really good experience with Dr. Roe, with downtown Group Health, the same place where you used to see Diane. He's only seen her a few times, but she was the one who took him seriously and organized all the testing that led to his diagnosis. So if that office is still an option and you ever feel like switching, she might be someone to consider.
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Date:July 29th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Yep, Dr. Elaine Roe, Downtown Swedish. I also recommended her to my boss, and he likes her too.
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Date:July 29th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Cool. I'll see about switching - that's the office I still go to, I just ended up with Dr. Kimball by random.
Date:July 29th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
I really miss Diane as well. My current doctor is okay, and I appreciate the most things will get better with time attitude, but he's not Diane. It this turns out to just be a practice life after all, next time I am going to find a doctor I like who is younger than me, so he/she won't retire until after I'm dead.
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Date:July 29th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Drs hardly read anything about your history at all, even when they know you. I think we expect them to be super smart and all knowing, when in reality most barely do what they are paid to do. With any new PCP though, I would take some time to explain your exact circumstances, mainly because they are not average. I wish I asked what kind of drug prenisone was and reminded him of my heart problems.

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Date:July 30th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
I wouldn't say super-smart/all-knowing as much as know more than I do, since theoretically that's why they get the big bucks. Seriously, what I am essentially paying for at this point is the doctor's ability to write prescriptions, or so it seems.

I'm cranky and over-estimating the hassle, no doubt. I'm just tired of having to double-check information and advice and so forth from people who are supposed to know more/better than I do. Deep down I'm just tired of being an anomaly, but that's not going away any time soon.

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