Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Cool Wednesday

We were dreading going to the doctor appointment today because of the heat. Surprise! It was cloudy and cool all day until the sun came out later in the day. Then we went to 91.

All was good news at the doctor as we welcomed back the guy, a specialist, that Lee really liked. He had been gone a couple of years. He told Lee he looked good!

We also got an answer to a question about why our family doctor does not go the hospital when you are a patient there. He says this is happening all over the country. I guess specialists can still go but for just a regular problem you will be seen by a "hospitalist" that you have never seen before. In February my luck of the draw doctor was a very nice young man who looked about twenty. Nope. He was thirty.

This change is very strange in my opinion. I would still like to understand the rational for this. Has it
always been like this in large cities and we are just catching up? Why should we have confidence in these new persons who have never seen us before? They can read a chart but that tells them nothing about our personality or the way we react to situations.

Oh well. The times, they are a changin'


  1. I know what you mean. "Hospitalists" have been seeing patients here for several years now. In fact, a friend who's husband is a physician, actually left the profession in the U.S. because of this. He said that when they are in the hospital is when his patients needed him the most. He knew their medical history, they were comfortable with him in was was a stressful situation and they trusted him to make decisions from personal experience with each patient. That is no longer done. He is now a physician in Kenya, volunteering his services.
    Personally, I think it's very, very sad. Although they are good people, and most likely quite competent doctors, that personal touch and caring are now gone.
    Okay, off my soapbox now! :-) . I hope you have a great day today.

  2. We have hospitalists here. It means you are sen by one of them for your Hospital visit. We have one or two we really like and they know us...small town:) It frees up the Family Docs to not be on call or do rounds at the age stuff I know.