Coda to The New Patient
Thanks to Tundra Medicine Dreams for including a post of mine in this week's Grand Rounds. There's a funny postscript to it.
After posting, I read both the original post (at Ripple of Hope) and my answer out loud to my son, age 17. He scowled, and with no irony or sarcasm at all he blurted out, "That sounds like a relationship."
Me: "Yeah. It is. They call it the Doctor-Patient Relationship for a reason, you know."
Him: "No; I mean a real relationship."
Whatever. (Exit: to school)
Obviously it is a real relationship. And just like a relationship with a lawyer, accountant, car mechanic or hairdresser, we seek out people we can trust, with whom we can communicate, who we can get ahold of when we need them. Most folks are thrilled to find a doctor they can relate to, but what's the first thing you look for when you move to a new community? Car mechanic and hairdresser usually come even before doctors. All good relationships are priceless.