It must be on the other foot. Perhaps one of those feet I don’t normally use. But if I did put the proverbial shoe on the other foot, then I guess I would understand why Dr. Rad was shy to want to say much by email. Especially answering a dosage question over the ether. Given that a personal email can easily become a public document, or a document that can be used against you, I wouldn’t be answering much if it were me. I’d probably tell the patient very little over email and tell them hightail it into the office.
And that brings up the other (another) foot. It certainly would be nice if more of the docs put themselves in the patients shoes, especially ones who have gone through pretty rough treatments. I’ve heard enough “everyone’s different.” While that may be true, there are still reasons why there is a difference. “Everyone is different” is too easy of a statement to make.
An ardent supporter, Mr. S, of whom I’m most grateful, has a very good idea of calling the team (after all, that’s what they call themselves), together for a frank wtf meeting. Several (docs) have told me individually that “they are surprised that I’m having difficulty swallowing this far along.” Well, that’s nice that they are surprised. Makes me feel like a real model patient. I don’t need surprised. There are not too many leading conclusions when someone tells you they are surprised you are not doing better. Or maybe there are. I’m wondering if in my other shoe if I’d tell a patient that I’m surprised they aren’t further along. Maybe I would. Or it could be that the shoe(s) has (have) just been too damn tight. Or out of style. (I swear I don’t have two left feet). Or maybe they just need to be resouled.