Thursday, December 28, 2006

Meet and Greet

Saying for the day- There is nothing worse than a bad doctor.

Next Tuesday we have a "meet and greet" with a possible doctor. We have never had to do this before. In Crystal when we came there was no choice. You took the doctor that was there and that was that. But now we have to find a doctor. I have no idea what questions to ask in a “meet and greet session. So I am drawing up a list and thinking about it . Here are my questions so far.
1. How many of your patients died last year?
2. How cold are your hands?
3. Are you gay?
4. How much do you drink?
5. What kind of vacation time do you take?
6. What is the person like who covers for you when you are gone?
7. Which hospital takes your patients?
8. Do you know everything?
9. Have you ever made a mistake?
10. How many law suits are pending against you?

Those should be good for ice breakers.
What do you think?

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News from Pigeon Falls– the little town in my garage where the trains still run and people are happy most of the time– Mrs. Trumble sent a registered letter to the ACLU. It reads as follows. “ Dear ACLU, Drop dead! I’ve broken no laws. Don’t fight with me or you’ll be sorry.

M rs. J.W. Trumble, Mayor Pigeon Falls “
Eino tried to talk her into a gentler, kinder, letter but she ignored him. She says that she knows what she is doing and she won’t lose.
Nancy says that the people coming into the coffee shop are all supporting Mrs. Trumble. They like the manger scene and don’t want it removed. The conflict is selling lots of coffee.
Nobody has seen the white rabbit or the dragon since well before Christmas. People sort of miss them. Mrs. Trumble says if they show up again she won’t miss them. She is going to get the council to end Tommy’s silly law so she can shoot the White Rabbit.
Tommy says that he may have made a mistake giving an old lady power like that. But then she is doing well in everything else.
Petrovich has gone to Russia , for his retreat, to study some manuscripts in an old monastery. He is still convinced the truth lies in those driblets. But he wants to see the originals and not a copy.
Tommy and Eino want to meet with Dr. Fortress because he has to know what they know about the occupation. So far he has argued that he is too busy to meet with them.
One wonders what the new year will hold for Pigeon Falls. Will the town learn what Eino and Tommy know. Will the hermit thing ever be explained. Will Petrovich return? And what about Mrs. Schmidt?
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Did some blogging today. found out we are losing Starbender who has brought laughter to our dull lives. She has taken a new job. She will be missed. Betty and I went food shopping. It is always interesting to see how nice people are to a man with a walker. Tomorrow we may go to Green Bay and visit my grandchildren. May take my grandaughter to a movie. Well I need a breathing treatment.
GBYA

21 Comments:

Anonymous Stacy said...

Those are great questions, Dr. John. They're the real questions we'd all like to ask, but are afraid to.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous janvangogh said...

Sounds like some really good questions. I would like to see the answers to them from my doctor too.

5:51 AM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

You don't have to ask about the hands -- that question usually answers itself. :o

6:38 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Good questions for starters. Also ask if he is a member of the local medical association and what his philosophy of medicine is.

Does Mrs. Trimble need Midol? Grrr...

9:58 AM  
Blogger Nea said...

Ahhh we are in exactly the same position as you and Betty. We also have to find a family Dr. We have been with Kaiser for years and years. Now we will have to find out own Dr. This is right up next to finding a good plumber or an auto mechanic.

I think your list of questions are all good, very to the point, and unless he is candid, will be ignored. haha. I know that you wrote them "tongue in cheek", but actually I think they are the right questions to ask.

I am a very UPfront kind of person, I actually think I will ask a few of these, #1, how many law suits are you currently involved in....that should be an ice breaker....#2. How many of your patients have died? Another good one.

But I am not looking forward to this........the one good thing about Kaiser, if you don't like one Dr. there are plenty more.

Good Luck to you, and thanks for the list.... ;)

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Dr John some really interesting questions you have the doctor. I'd be interested in how many the doctor answers

Just want to stop by and say the Wooden Car arrived today in the post.

Thankyou so much.

Blessings to you and Betty and wishing you a wonderful 2007

6:28 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

That's funny, I had to "Meet and Greet" a doctor myself today. Can't say I really liked her or felt comfortable. I cut my foot yesterday and needed to see a Dr. to get a tetanus shot vs. spending a gazillion bucks at the hospital. Only one problem - I haven't picked a PCP on our new plan yet. I go in for a simple Tetanus Shot and I'll be doggoned if she didn't send me over to the ER for stitches, blood work at the lab and with two prescriptions for my CHF that cost as much as my new car payment.

You know, if I managed to stay away from the Doctors I may not live as long but I'm sure I'd be 100 times richer.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

When I moved to this area the first time nearly 8 years ago, I had to interview doctors. Most I rejected over the phone with one simple question: Will my appointments be with you or with your nurse practionor/phycian's assistant? I went on two appointments before choosing my doctor, whom I just love! I told him in the first consultation that if there was a conflict between my gut instinct and his advice, he'd loose. If there was a conflict between my spiritual beliefs and his advice, he'd loose. That I was the person in charge of my treatment team, my word was final, my decisions law, if he had a problem with this then I needed to go elsewhere for care. He looked at me and said, "But I reserve the right to tell you you're wrong when I think you are!"

When he and I disagree about medication, treatment plans, etc. we have come to yelling and arguing bouts! But I do not regret my choice one little bit! He is the first doctor I have ever had whom believes me, and so for first time in my life I am getting the care I need and my health has improved!

You ask whatever questions God puts into your heart to ask!

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I agree with Mrs Trumble about the manger scene on town property! I live in a small town where they still put one up on both City Property, and on County Property (we are the county seat). The county court house also had neon light crosses, and other seasonal religious holliday symbols in lights! In a time where too many folks are Pollitically correct by sacrificing sanity, I say you go Mrs. T!

I don't, however, agree with her shooting the White Rabbit and/or dragon!

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Kat said...

I couldn't begin to think of what to ask a new doctor, so your list looks good to me. Sad about Starbender, a couple of my other favorite reads are giving up blogging for life commitments. I will miss them.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

Don't forget to ask him if he is a quack. And ask him if he has a history of mental illness. Doctors like those kinds of questions..

8:29 PM  
Anonymous tina said...

All good questions, John. To which I would add:
11. What kind of car do you drive? ( which will give you some indication of what kind of bill you will receive.)

8:57 PM  
Blogger Josie said...

Tina beat me to it: what kind of car do you drive. I once had a doctor whom I just loved, but every time I went to see him he would point out the window to show me his new car. He had a newer, better car every time. But he was an excellent doctor.

You have a good list of questions. You could probably also ask how many days you would have to wait until you can get an appointment.

Josie

9:14 PM  
Blogger Sunflower Optimism said...

Hmm, well, some of the questions I like, but some don't really show a true picture. If you have a doctor that deals in high risk cases, like one of my doctors, they might have more patient deaths - simply because they treat sicker people.

Cold hands - you're right! They should make an effort to warm cold hands and stethoscopes.

Gay? - I don't really care. Most of my doctor's are male - I'm female - should I want them to be gay? ;-)

Drinking - again, hard to judge - certainly wouldn't want a doctor who abuses drugs/alcohol. Very difficult to find this out - they tend to cover up for themselves and each other.

Vacation time? I hope they are well rested before they operate on me!

Yes, always ask about coverage and hospital privileges. Then check the hospital stats.

If they said they knew everything - I'd be VERY leery! Ditto if they said they never made a mistake.

I would also ask about any board certification, what schools they went to, where they did their residency and continuing education. If a surgeon, I would ask how many times per year he/she performs the particular surgery that I may need - it's a proven fact - practice makes perfect!

Law suits - in my state, I can look up the Department of Health and get all sorts of good info about individual doctors and hospitals - law suits, cleanliness ratings, mortality rates, etc. Good resource, at least in my state. You can also check:

http://www.abms.org/ - check for board certification.

http://www.fsmb.org/ - check for disciplinary action against a particular doctor. Cost is $9.95 per doctor report for a search of all databases, nationwide. They also have links to state Health Departments where you can get FREE info from each state.

Happy hunting - hope you find a good one! I always start with word of mouth and work from there.

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a doctor I know here in the UP, and the thought always breezes through my mind, 'Someone had to be last in their class.' If you geet and meet with that thought, don't hesitate to be done and run!
It's the same feeling I had once in a barber shop. I sat down in the chair and noticed all the customers had Ricky Ricardo haircuts. - D.Bergdall

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