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.'

1 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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