You know how a doctor’s appointment goes from the patient’s side of things. You wait in the exam room, your doctor comes in, she listens to your concerns, orders some tests and writes a prescription. Maybe you’re upset that the doctor was late. What happens on the other side of the door? What are some of the things your doctor deals with daily that you don’t know about? Read to find out what your doctor wishes she could tell you.
Doctors Run Late for Good Reasons
Sometimes a doctor has to give unexpected bad news to a patient. Sometimes they have to explain a complicated medical issue, or make a phone call on a patient’s behalf, or deal with an emotionally distressed patient. Sometimes a simple check-up can reveal a more serious problem. When these types of issues happen, the day’s schedule goes out the window so the doctor can answer questions and care for the patient in every way.
Doctors Sometimes Cry
Even though the loss of a patient can be devastating for a doctor, doctors don’t get the chance to grieve. Instead, they have to help family and friends bear up under terrible news, and have to run off to the bathroom or the parking lot to find a moment to cry.
Doctors Feel Their Patients’ Grief
There’s nothing more painful for a doctor than giving the worst possible news to a patient or a patient’s loved ones. Doctors sometimes become numb to try to deal with the amount of grief that surrounds them.
Doctors Know When You’re Not Taking Your Meds
Doctors need to know when you’re not taking your prescribed medication. Sometimes lab tests tell them the truth, but they’d rather hear it from you.
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