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"
Post Archives from the ‘Doctors’ Category
In the waiting room with my baby daughter, that old feeling haunted me again.
What if this pediatrician won't be the right fit?
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"
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.
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"
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"
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"
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 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’"
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!”"