Do you feel like your doctor listens to you? Does he or she understand your needs?
When I went to see my internist a couple of weeks ago I felt like she was busy pushing her agenda on me, telling me I had to have tests I wasn't comfortable with getting. Although she has a specialty in older women, I don't feel like she is a good fit for me. I know what I want in a doctor. I believe in a combination of eastern and western medical practices and I want someone who will work with me.
I believe a woman is an expert on her own body. When I have a problem I go and see about it. Several weeks ago I knew there was something wrong and I went to a specialist. I was right and I had it taken care of. I'll go into that another day.
I don't feel that it is too much to ask to have a doctor who knows me personally, who is willing to sit and talk to me for more than a few minutes, who is willing to listen to my input, to answer my questions, and to give me alternatives.
I didn't feel that I was getting these things so now I am on the hunt for another doctor. Of course I have to find one who also accepts my insurance. All in all it is somewhat stressful.
So how do you feel about your doctor? Do you have one that you love? Do you feel you are getting what you want?