Post Archives from the ‘Doctors’ Category

Getting Doctors to Write Notes On Your Behalf

Posted on: July 23rd, 2010 by

  The doctor's note. It seems everyone needs at least one at some point, whether it is a letter telling an insurance company that you need to see an out-of-network specialist, informing an employer to make reasonable accommodations for you so you can work in spite of your medical condition, to prove you are in good health and able to work or Continue reading the story "Getting Doctors to Write Notes On Your Behalf"

I Just Hired the Right Pediatrician

Posted on: October 7th, 2009 by
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In the waiting room with my baby daughter, that old feeling haunted me again.
What if this pediatrician won't be the right fit? 
After all, not too long ago, I was disappointed in a Continue reading the story "I Just Hired the Right Pediatrician"

Your Doctor’s Office Environment

Posted on: September 30th, 2009 by
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Before you ever meet your or your loved one's doctor, look around. 
No, I mean literally look -- at the office environment. 
This can help you determine whether the doctor, who is a staff member at that office, is someone you want as your or a loved Continue reading the story "Your Doctor’s Office Environment"

Specialist as Gateway Doctor

Posted on: September 22nd, 2009 by

In a previous posting, I wrote about the importance of an excellent gateway physician; that is, the primary care physician. You need this person to refer you to excellent specialists and to make decisions on whatever is in your best interest, not health-management corporations.

I Just Fired My Baby’s First Pediatrician

Posted on: August 26th, 2009 by

Over the years, I have effectively advocated for my own medical needs and advised others about how to do so. However, about a week ago, I became a newbie all over again -- in the arena of advocating for my daughter's medical needs. My daughter, Ari, and I had a less-than-stellar appointment with a pediatrician who, ironically, has a reputation as Continue reading the story "I Just Fired My Baby’s First Pediatrician"

Carrying the Cards You’ve Been Dealt….With Hope

Posted on: May 29th, 2009 by

This posting is about hope. Patients need hope that they can be healed, that they can have minimal suffering, that their families are there beside them, etc. Many find solace in religious faith and/or in knowing that their loved ones are there to support them in time of a medical crisis. It is a doctor's responsibility to give you Continue reading the story "Carrying the Cards You’ve Been Dealt….With Hope"

Those Nasty Gatekeepers

Posted on: May 23rd, 2009 by

Well, it's that time of the year: the birds are singing, plants are flowering, trees are blossoming -- oh, and for me, it's doctor season. This is that time of year when I have to put all my doctors in a row. On Tuesday, I see my oncologist. I believe I get a double whammy the following week, seeing my mastectomy Continue reading the story "Those Nasty Gatekeepers"

The ‘Why’ Factor

Posted on: May 17th, 2009 by

To be a patient is to be a detective of sorts. You and the doctor need to work together to put figure out what is happening -- or not happening -- in your body. This doesn't mean that the mystery will be solved, but a doctor's job is to figure out what the problem is and, if possible, how to remedy it or Continue reading the story "The ‘Why’ Factor"

‘You’re Too Young for Breast Cancer’

Posted on: May 11th, 2009 by

You need to be taken seriously, no matter your age. As someone who went through breast cancer at a young age, I can speak to the younger person's perspective. I'm using my experience, but you could substitute any condition, and the activism involved is the same process. Quite a number of doctors told me Continue reading the story "‘You’re Too Young for Breast Cancer’"

“You’re Fired!”

Posted on: May 1st, 2009 by

In a previous blog, I mentioned that I would share my know-how of hiring and firing doctors. Long before "the Donald" made "You're Fired!" the catch-phrase of the millenium, hiring and firing people was and is a part of doing business. But despite all the sweet business deals to be had, there's no business more important than the hiring and firing Continue reading the story "“You’re Fired!”"