It is the fourth day of #DBlogWeek 2016, and the prompt focuses on: The Healthcare Experience - Thursday 5/19 Link List. "Most people who live with a chronic illness end up with a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with healthcare. How would you improve or change your healthcare experience? What would you like to see happening during medical visits with your healthcare team? How about when dealing with your health insurance companies? What's your Healthcare Wish List or Biggest Frustration? Today is the day to share it all!"
For today's post, we re purpose a blog written by one of our type 2 bloggers, Robin Wright! In this post, she explains her fear of visiting the doctor while recognizing they are here to help and be our allies. We thank Robin, for this honest post:
Doctor's Vists: "Fear and Trembling"
By: Robin Wright
Ok I know I am being overly dramatic but...I do not like going to MD appointments and I have put this one off for a few months. I guess I have "white coat syndrome". This actually is a condition of extreme panic some patients have when they go to a doctor’s office. So is it the white coat that sends me into a panic or what the white coat is going to tell me:
"You have put on weight!"
"Why didn't you come in sooner?"
"You have to have this test and see that specialist and follow up with this one and that one!"
"Your cholesterol is high. Your blood sugar is high."
But I must go and face the music.
I am thinking of strategies to relax: The medical staff are there to help me.
I must take care of myself and not neglect myself.
It is better to know what is happening in my body rather than ignore myself.
And finally, I am worth taking care of!!!
It helps to share this with all of you...
Have a beautiful Autumn,