Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter K.
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.
It’s Monday and Melanie has given us another series of Share Your World questions for us to share with our blogging world. So let’s do this thing.
Was the last thing you read digital or print?
This morning’s daily newspaper.
Are you more an extrovert or introvert?
In the real world, I’m more an introvert. In the blogosphere, I’m more an extrovert.
How is your life different from what you imagined as a younger person?
Based upon the way I lived my life as a teenager and a young adult, I thought I’d be dead by now.
Do you think about dying? Does death scare you? Why or why not?
Now that I’m an old fart, I think more about death than I used to, but I still don’t think about it all that much. Death, per se, doesn’t scare me. It’s a natural part of the human condition. But I am concerned about the manner of my death. I hope it happens peacefully, preferably in my sleep. I don’t want it to be a painful or long, drawn out process, where I’m suffering and am a burden to my loved ones.
Who has been the kindest to you in your life?
The cop who gave me a warning instead of a speeding ticket when I was nailed by radar for driving 55 miles per hour in a 25 MPH stretch of country road in New Hampshire.