Truthful Tuesday — Doctor’s Orders

Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is apparently still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie wants to know…

Is it compassionate for medical professionals to keep people on tenterhooks waiting for results, particularly if the diagnosis in question could be really bad news; but in general, too?

I appreciate it when a doctor is forthright and tells me like it is. If, based upon a physical exam or the result of a blood test or urinalysis, the doctor discovers something that may be troubling and wishes for me to get further tests or to see a specialist, I would want to know the basis of that recommendation before making a decision to proceed with that follow-up.

Wouldn’t it be kinder to just shut up and order the tests and whatever to find out a firm answer before stressing out the patient? In your honest opinion please.

Kinder? I am not looking for a doctor to demonstrate kindness when my health is involved. I’m looking for a competent, qualified, and honest doctor. As I said above, I’d prefer to know the reason why the doctor wants more tests than to be guessing and possibly assuming the worst.

3 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday — Doctor’s Orders

  1. Marleen May 3, 2022 / 11:05 pm

    My mother’s doctor told her she had something on her liver and that she needed an imaging test. Her understanding was that the test would happen the next time she came for appointment with him. I think she misunderstood and was supposed to pick a time to go down the hall within the same building where the doctor’s office is. Anyway, she was taking this very seriously; asked me to pray for her and so forth. When I took her to her appointment that she had been anticipating, the doctor didn’t say that she misunderstood and was supposed to schedule it herself. He said he didn’t t know what she was talking about. They would’ve ignored her on her own at that point. But I was on her side of getting to the bottom of this. While the doctor said there would be nothing they could do for a person with something on the liver, and that therefore there is no reason to do a test, the nurse who came in a few minutes later saw where the doctor had, indeed, ordered a test a couple months prior. We insisted, and she got her test. She was fine. I’ve wondered if the doctor made the whole thing up to get some payment for setting up the test. Once he said what he said, she needed to follow through to get back to some piece of mind.

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  2. Nope, Not Pam May 4, 2022 / 12:45 am

    My old doctor once told me I was making up a complaint. I didn’t go back there again.

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  3. Carol anne May 12, 2022 / 6:58 am

    Have to say, so would I! I’d like to know what the diagnosis is first, before consenting to any further tests!

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