- You go for your annual physical. You, as a patient, feel fine. You have no complaints about your health. The Doctor does a routine blood panel. When the results come back, the Doctor doesn’t like one or two of the numbers. Doctor asks you to do a follow up and another test.
Do you refuse to do the follow up? What are good reasons for refusing to do the follow up tests?
2. A few months after your Doctor visit, you do start to feel off. You go to another Doctor, who agrees that you should follow up with the same tests that the previous Doctor recommended.
Do you follow the advice of two Doctors and get follow up tests? Or do you look for a third Doctor to get advice from?
3. After six months you agree to take the tests that the first two Doctors recommended. You find out that indeed there is something that needs to be taken care of. You get a course of treatment, but you don’t like the course of treatment as you think it’s too aggressive.
If you don’t like the treatment that a Doctor suggests, do you have the right to refuse?
4. You go to another Doctor who confirms the diagnosis. This Doctor also recommends the same course of treatment as the first Doctor. When you say your don’t like that course of treatment, the second doctor gives you an alternative treatment that is less aggressive.
How do you make the decision to go with an aggressive form of treatment or a less aggressive treatment? What would factor into your decision?
5. Eight weeks into the less aggressive treatment, you are not achieving desired results. The treatment is working, but not as quick as you’d like.
Do you blame the Doctor for not forcing you into the more aggressive treatment? Do you try to start the more aggressive treatment in hopes of getting a quicker result?
For today’s discussion:
- how would/do you go about making medical decisions?
- How much do you trust your Doctors?
- How much googling do you do when it comes to learning about what ails you?
- Do you take another person with you when you are getting a diagnosis so that you have a back-up/sounding board?
Please answer any or all of these questions. I want to know how you would handle this.