Are You Being More Careful????????
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I was getting ready to go into my gardens early yesterday afternoon when the phone rang. It was my Mom, who is 91 years old. I had taken her to her doctor two weeks ago and while we were there, the doctor changed her blood pressure medications. At 91 and after 3 surgeries over the years on her bladder, she still has problems with leakage and is very careful to always be prepared. She discussed this with her doctor and told her that she has turned down invitations because she DID NOT want to have an accident. The doctor suggested a change in her medication and said to come back in 6 weeks to discuss how she was doing on this new med. The reason that Mom called me was to tell me that she was going back to the doctor that afternoon to discuss the side effects of the new medication. She was having erratic heart beats and her feet and ankles were swelling. Her own doctor couldn't see her yesterday, but made an appointment with a co-worker who is also a doctor in the same office. We were to be there by 3:40. The doctor talked to her, took a look at her feet and ankles and listened to her heart and lungs. Then she suggested going back to her original meds. We left the office and were on our way home, when my Mom said............"You know, that could have been taken care of with a simple phone call. I really feel that a lot of my appointments lately aren't in my best interest, but in the interest of making money for the clinic."
Have any of you felt this to be an issue............especially those of us over 60? Going to a clinic is so impersonal. I am old enough to remember a doctor who actually came to our home when we were sick and we knew him as a person. I know that it will NEVER be like THAT again...........but is it too much to expect that OUR CARE be the most important part of a visit to our doctor, and not just our co-pay and office call billing?
What are your thoughts on this? As we get older, we definitely become more vulnerable.