Posted on May 5, 2016 in Blog |
In Lyme Savvy, we wrote: “The most important thing to remember during the appointment is your physician is your partner in healing.”
One month had been particularly bad for me and I couldn’t figure out why. Dr. Mozayeni started going through my medication list.
“Did you take ‘Treatment B’ every day?”
I had completely forgotten to take the medication. Knowing honesty and mutual trust is a huge factor in the healing process I replied sheepishly, I replied, “No, I totally forgot.”
“Well, there you go. Titrate back up on it and you should start to feel a difference,” he replied.
Through the rest of the appointment, I was silently beating myself up for not remembering.
Finally, Dr. Mozayeni said, “Look, you forgot to take it. It’s over and done with. There is nothing you can do to change the past month. It was a bad month and now you know why. So move forward. Start back on it, and we’ll see how you feel in a few more weeks.” Over and done with.
Forget the shaming, and move on.
(this piece of advice is helpful in many other aspects of life as well)
That’s called teamwork. At the same time, if you disagree with a direction the protocol is taking, you need to speak up. If you don’t believe the next phase will work, then it definitely won’t. Do not waste your time and energy on something you don’t believe in.
If a physician is judging me during the time that I am paying him, then I need to change doctors. If I don’t feel safe in being honest with my physician, I need to change physicians.
HOWEVER, this does not excuse the patient from being compliant. There is a big difference between making a mistake and being non-compliant. If you don’t plan to follow through on the treatment protocol that your physician has set forth, then don’t come back. Find someone you feel you can work as a team with. It’s not worth it to waste anyone’s time.
Remember, your physician should be your biggest ally. He is on your team. He wants you to heal.