A doctor can gain information about his patient by observing him walk in and sit down …

 I remember an occasion when my husband and I visited a specialist. His secretary told me to go into the doctor’s office, which I did but he was still typing information on his computer and did not look up when we entered. When  he asked us to sit down, my husband did but I remained standing. He repeated; ‘Please sit;’ once again without looking up so, I remained standing. Realizing that there might be a problem, he looked up at me. Then I smiled and sat down.

“Is there a problem?” he asked.

“Yes, doctor. Actually there is. If you had looked up when you invited me to sit, I would have done so immediately.’

 Of course, he could have become angry and refused to see me but I had the feeling that he respected me more after that.

 I realize how busy doctors are and how little time they have for each patient. I also understand their need to update computer records. This is only a suggestion. Maybe the nurse should only send in the next patient when he is done. I think that quite a lot of information can be gained simply by observing the patient as he or she walks in; before the doctor even starts the examination.



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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

One thought on “A doctor can gain information about his patient by observing him walk in and sit down …

  1. Elaine Benton

    You are 100% correct. Observation of the patient as he/she enters a doctor’s office can speak volumes, creating a helpful tool for the doctor to work with. This is narrative medicine!


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