|Right after acing my anatomy lab final exam!|
I really cannot wait to begin med school and start becoming a doctor. Being a doctor has been my dream for as long as dance has been my dream. With a medical degree I can return to my patients the inspiring healing that I experienced as a patient with diabetes. Since a ballet career is time sensitive I tackled that first and am two years away from sleepless nights of studying and stress...oh wait, I do that now!
So, for the month of May, when I'm not rehearsing for Sanspointe's newest show "The Golden Record", I have been donning my shiny doctor shoes, lab coat and curious mind and shadowing several doctors all over Alabama. I absolutely loved it and what I experienced didn't scare me away from medicine! I guess you could say that I'm an "embryonic" doctor. I just listened, asked questions and learned a lot.
Having type 1 diabetes myself I was hip to how the patients were feeling, mostly because I'm usually in their shoes. I took mental notes as to how each doctor communicated with each patient as well as how the patient communicated with the doctor. Since I'm not a doctor yet, but I am a professional patient, I thought I would share a few things I learned this month to help us be more effective patients! Hooray!
|Ballet bun+Lab Coat=Awesome!|
- Medicine is a service industry. You're paying the doctor to help heal you. If you don't like the service you're getting then look for another doctor.
- Insurance is just as annoying for doctors as it is for us patients *groan*
- Be clear with how you're feeling. If something doesn't feel right, talk about it
- Your life story may reveal a diagnosis, or be entertaining. No harm in sharing!
- Always ask your doctor to wash their hands
- Write down every question you have before you head to the doctors
- If your doctor doesn't let you talk, or interrupts you, it's time for a new doctor
- Inform yourself! 50% of doctors I shadowed believe their patients should inform themselves. The other 50% think Webmd.com is the root of all evil.
- Doctors are running from patient to patient, one right after the other. It feels like we're waiting forever in the office but they really are working at lightning speed
- Drug reps bring Starbucks. This doesn't really help the patients, but it's sure darn tasty!
-Exit Stage Left