Advocate, Advocate, Advocate!
It took me some time to get to the point in my life where I took charge of my health and by doing so I began to see the doctor-patient relationship much differently. When I was a young(er) woman, I saw my doctor as being the expert and basically allowed the doctors that I saw to be in charge of MY health! Looking back, if it wasn’t so sad – the idea is almost laughable to me now. At times, I’d leave the doctor’s office with more questions than answers. It’s only now in my 40′s that I realize the profound effect the unanswered questions have had on my health.
If there is any question in your mind about the doctor-patient relationship you have, watch this video and ask yourself if you are going to wait until something drastic happens in your health or if you are going to choose today to stand up for YOUR health. I assure you that your doctor stands up for his/her own health and that of his/her family. Your doctor should respect your need to self-advocate and be willing to be part of a team. You may not need to get a new doctor but you may have to be willing to take your doctor by the hand and lead the way….