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7 THINGS YOUR DOCTOR WON'T SAY (BUT WHICH HE'S THINKING).

You may wonder, what is really going on behind the mask a doctor puts on? Well these are some of the thoughts going through his head:

1. NEVER SEEN YOUR CONDITION BEFORE

Occasionally there is that textbook condition that the doctor has no idea what it is, so you may get a barrage of investigations for that seemingly minor condition.

2. TREATMENT WON'T CURE YOUR CONDITION

The doctor, trying to be optimistic , will not want to tell you that condition is likely to be the start of a lifetime of continuos hospital visits.

3. JUST ROUTINE

You may be very pleased about the doctor's interest in your family and social history but a lot of times such questions are really just routine for the hospital notes.

4.CHANCES OF SURVIVAL ARE SLIM TO NIL

It may at times be better not to ask about the prognosis of a particular condition.

5. NOT SO SERIOUS

Yeah, yeah, you may be screaming your lungs out and you have a swelling as big as a football, but the doctor has seen it many times before and kn…

10 REASONS YOUR DOCTOR MIGHT NOT TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY

Sometimes, however bad you may feel, a doctor might not take you too seriously due to the following reasons:

1. VAGUE SYMPTOMS

Classical examples include:-
'I feel like there is something walking all over my body.'
' I don't know, I am sick.'
'I can't point to the source of pain, it is everywhere.'

2. NOT TAKING DOCTORS ADVICE

Why o why are you coming back to see me when you've not taken previous medications prescribed?

3. YOU ARE TOO REGULAR

When you keep coming back with different complaints as if the hospital is your second home, the level of interest in your case begins to steadily decline.

4. ODD HOURS

Coming with minor complaints at odd hours of the night.

5. YOUR APPEARANCE

Coming to the Emergency Room impeccably dressed without a hair out of place and demanding to be seen before other patients that look critically ill.

6. MODIFYING DRUGS

When you modify dosage of drugs to suit yourself or mix the drugs with a new herbal remedy, your doctor mi…

BREAKING BAD NEWS

One thing we weren't taught in medical school (or maybe I was absent at that particular lecture), is how to break bad news.

When a patient who we have been managing dies, we are placed with the unsavoury responsibility of informing the relatives. This is never an easy task because you never know just how they will react.

We've been told the five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. However, knowing that theory doesn't make the job any easier. Personally, I've observed the following responses over time.

1. Those that break down completely.

2. Those that ask you to still try to revive the obviously dead person.

3. The practical ones. 'So Doctor ,what do we do next?'

4. Those that are in shock and require you to repeat what you just said.

5. Those that fall to the ground.

6. Those that immediately start calling relatives on the phone.

7. The controlled emotional. It takes a while to sink in, they initially have no reaction.

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WHEN A DOCTOR NEEDS A DOCTOR

Yes Doctors do fall sick.No, they are not superhuman.

The following scenarios may come into play when a doctor needs medical help:

1. THE WORST CASE SCENARIO.
like watching the sitcom 'House' where the most minor symptom is given the most terrible diagnosis - doctors, due to their exposure often make a mountain of a molehill. Thus, a sudden headache may be perceived as a brain tumor or a boil may be looked upon as the beginning of a cancerous growth.

A lot of times they are afraid to let their colleagues know of their fears (because they may confirm it) and end up suffering in silence till the symptom either gets worse or spontaneously resolves.


2. DENIAL
This is the second scenario. All the symptoms are there but the doctor chooses to ignore them ( afterall we are superhuman). Thus that headache may be attributed to stress, or the swollen feet may be attributed to wearing tight shoes or that frequent tiredness may be perceived as being due to housework.
Recently, a young doctor…

7 WAYS TO GET MAXIMUM ATTENTION FROM YOUR DOCTOR

Indeed with thousands of patients coming in and out of hospitals these days, it is becoming increasingly hard to get maximum attention from your doctor and by extension the quality health care you rightfully deserve. But it is possible.

1. REMEMBER HIS/ HER NAME

This unconsciously makes the doctor sit up, knowing that small details are important to you, so he had better take you seriously.

2. REMEMBER TO SAY THANK YOU WHEN BETTER

This serves as a boost to the doctor's morale especially when seeing any future patients. It encourages the doctor to put in more for his patients welfare knowing that his little efforts actually yield results.

3. DON'T BE TOO SMART

Carrying pages of research you've downloaded from the internet on health care issues to impress the doctor might actually do the exact opposite. Again, coming up with a diagnosis rather than telling the doctor the symptoms you have may put him off. It does no good saying 'Doctor I think I have Malignant Mesothelio…

THE LONELY MARRIED WOMAN - A WOMAN SCORNED.

Doctors always have that occasional patient who is deceptive.

An hilarious case retrospectively ( I didn't find it funny at the time), was the 'unconscious' young lady who was brought into the Emergency room by her husband. History and preliminary examination proved nothing significant until the husband happened to step out of the room.

That was when it happened, a 'miracle'.

She who was hitherto in a 'deep coma', opened her eyes, looked furtively around and started to talk - She hurriedly told me that this was just a set up, she was only acting. She related how uncaring and stingy her husband was and how she wanted to use this opportunity to milk him out of his money and gain his attention.

I was amazed at her skills, indeed Nollywood / Hollywood was missing a potential star here. How did she manage to keep a straight face while everyone around her was in complete chaos mode ? How did she keep from reacting when she was being moved, how could she remain …

HEALTH: WHY HUSBANDS SHOULD LISTEN TO THEIR WIVES

In the little time I have practiced, I have come to the realisation that there will be fewer incidences of health complications in men, if they listen more to their wives.

In my day to day practice(and this is an unconfirmed statistic),it is usually the wife that accompanies the ailing or dying husband to the hospital rather than the other way round. Of course you may argue that the man is usually older and more prone to stress as the breadwinner of the family, but this is not entirely true especially in modern times.

It is often the wife that puts 2 and 2 together and then advices,'honey why don't you see a doctor about that?' She it is that notices your clothes don't quite fit anymore, or you seem to be going to the bathroom more often than usual. She notices the pillow keeps getting drenched with your sweat and your feet are looking rather funny. She also notices that rash you think is a mere scratch.

In a diabetic, it is often the wife that makes sure the husban…