Posted by Jane D on June 17, 2001, at 12:15:33
In reply to Partnership ... , posted by Willow on June 16, 2001, at 22:12:24
> > I work in partnership with my pdoc, and am a highly informed patient, often bringing him new information from reading or off the web, even from PsychoBabble. And he, in turn, brings his knowledge to bear on my condition. And together, we are more than either of us alone.
> > I wish such a partnership for each suffering person and their doc.
> Zo's point about having a trusting partnership works. When I switched to a doctor I trusted and who was open with me I began to feel better.
> Good point!
Zo & Willow- You do make good points. And I did let my irritation lead me into a polarized position. Believe it or not, I trust my doctor. I base this on long experience and selective checking up on his recommendations. I suspect he would be justifiably insulted if I suggested that anybody else with a medical degree would do as well.
I don't think it really is a partnership however. To me, a partnership means that the risks are shared and these risks are not. Whether his recommendations work or not his life goes on the same. Mine may not. I prefer to think of him as an advisor (Advisor to the king - delusions of grandeur?). I want his expertise but, in the end, the policy decisions - to take the drug or not - even to delegate the decisions for awhile - must be mine.