by deerhart (3282 Posts), Mon Jan 12, 2004 10:24 am
Oh don't just blame the doctors, but also blame the medical schools, medical textbooks, and the professors as they are the ones TEACHING or rather nto teaching about PE.
I actually (in my second pregnancy) had I docotr probably in his early 40's tell me that I COULDN'T have PE because the textbook siad if it occured prior to 32 weeks it hit fast and delivery ALWAYS occured within 1 weeks time. I just sorta sat stunned at him and then asked him if he had even read my medical history (showing 1st pregnancy diagnosis at 25 weeks and delivery at 37 weeks) and then if I looked like a textbook. He sorta slinked out after that.
its not just about educating the doctors in practice, but the entire medical field to teach about PE, the many different ways woman can show it, things to check once you've had it etc.. from the General practicioners, to the OB's to the med school professor, to the nurses, right down to the people who write, edit, and publish the textbooks at all the medical schools in the US (and the world).
People would be amazed and shocked if they knew what doctors are really taught and what they aren't taught and how few doctors have seen a PE case, let alone treated one (there is a strong trend in the medical field to pass along any patient that will require more time and indepth care to a specialist instead of taking up the regular doctor's time, even if the regular doctor is capable of handling it).
Its the standards offices have of seeing new patients 15-30 mins, established patients 5-10 minutes due to monitary needs and inusurance companies.
I mean think about, while pregnant for 9 months your doctor will see you on average 2 hours total! Heck you spend more time waiting in 3 visists then they see you in total. They can and do make mistakes (as they are human) and what they see in 5-10 minutes once a month DOES NOT replace what you experience, see, feel, etc the other 30 days, 23 hours and 50 minutes!
Doctors are there to allow you to have access to knowledge far beyond what you might have, but they do not know everything, make mistakes, and are not the final decision maker on any subject (YOU ARE!). If you feel like a doctor is not giving you enough attention, not answering your questions throughly, or blowing you off, its time to switch doctos and find one that doesn't do these things. Something to ask is their approach to patients who don't seem to add up to anything but are concerned. The doctor you want is the one who says that the patient spends the most time with themselves and knows their body the best and realizes when something isn't right not the one who says the patient can be assured the doctor knows what they are doing and if something is wrong.
Hehe ahh me blowing off steam on one of my fav topics, changes in the medical field or otherwise know as Medical Field, the greatest gambling game there is!
Mommy to Alex and Mason