One of my patients was raving about me today to the staff. 'Oh Dr ifinding is the best doctor I've met! He really listens and treats me like a person!'
I think it has to be the saddest commentary on the profession of medicine that I was exceptional because I treated her like a human being. It's ridiculous, but we as a profession have really hurt ourselves. If we could just listen for a few seconds to what people tell us, then that would make all the difference. What earned me all this praise from this patient? She didn't want to take insulin more than once a day. That's it.
But there is a trick: she never said anything about concerns with insulin. That part I had to deduce. But is that really so hard to figure out?