Lyme Chat: 2-23-14

Happy Monday!

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I am happy to say that I was able to hold the Lyme Chat last night after last weekend I had to cancel it after coming down with the flu! I am also VERY happy to say that I am feeling much better! I’m still not 100% but I am getting closer every day!

Last night, we started to discuss, “Finding the perfect doctor (for you)”

We will continue talking about this topic on the next Lyme Chat, this Sunday, March 2nd (8pm EST/5pm PT on Twitter!)

Here are yesterday’s Questions: (and my responses)

For the first 6 questions, responses were based upon a scale of 1 to 5:

1= Very important, 2= Important, 3= Neutral, 4= Not important, 5= Not important at all

Q1: On a scale of 1 to 5, how important is a doctor’s bedside manner to you?

A1: 2=important; I wouldn’t say the most important, I can take some of a doctor being arrogant, but rude, no way!

Q2: On a scale of 1 to 5, how important is it that your doctor communicates well with your other doctors you have?

A2: 3= neutral. I’m very organized with my medical records & don’t rely on docs to always communicate well, though I wish they do

Q3: How much does the doctor’s office staff matter to you? (Answer based upon scale of 1-5)

A3: This one is tough for me to answer..I’d say 4, not important; but it will drive me crazy if I don’t like them!

Q4: On a scale of 1 to 5, how does the location of the doctor’s practice matter to you?

A4: 1, Primary care doc must be close, my therapist too who skypes with me if I’m sick! 4, a specialist I’ll travel for

Q5: On a scale of 1 to 5, how important is the amount of time you wait to get an appointment with the doctor?

A5: 1= GP, if not asap than they are not the doc for me; 5 if I’m seeing a specialist, I’ll wait a longgg time!

Q6: On a scale of 1 to 5, how important is it that your doctor respects your beliefs/values?

A6: 1; If a doctor does not believe and/or respect my diagnosis of Lyme & sleep disorders, goodbye!

Q7: Is there any factor that is a deal breaker on whether or not you choose to see a doctor?

A7: I think many of us can agree, this can be a deal breaker…

The cost of healthcare always plays a role

The cost of healthcare always plays a role

Read the entire Lyme Chat here:

 

Here are some things you may want to think about and articles to read before our next Lyme Chat this Sunday…

– I’m always reading articles daily related to health (of course Lyme disease, all tick-borne diseases (TBDs)), etc. and this subject I found very interesting..

Would you see a doctor that was overweight? What about a doctor who does not make healthy lifestyle choices (for example, drinks soda, eats fast food, does not exercise, etc.)?

I personally am still thinking questions like these over, thinking about doctors I currently have and those I’ve seen in the past.

Fat Doctors Make Fat Patients Feel Better, And Worse

Here is an article discussing factors when it comes to choosing a doctor which is what I would like to specifically explore more Sunday:

Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants

(Photo by JAMA/NPR Health; featured in "Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants"

(Photo by JAMA/NPR Health); featured in “Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants”

Other interesting reads:

Forecasting The Flu, Tweet By Tweet

Before The Prescription, Ask About Your Doctor’s Finances

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