The pain of losing a great doctor
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The pain of losing a great doctor

On Tuesday, I had an appointment with a new neurologist. The neurologist I’d been seeing, Dr. Schneider, was on medical leave due to a cancer diagnosis. I’d had a telehealth appointment with Dr. Schneider in June, and he’d been a little pale and skinnier than usual (he was always a pretty slender guy), and during…

Self-diagnosis: perils, pitfalls, and occasionally the appropriate action
Dealing with Doctors | Strategizing for success

Self-diagnosis: perils, pitfalls, and occasionally the appropriate action

While I’ve talked about how the diagnosis process is one of guessing and checking, I want to emphasis that in most cases, it’s essential to have a doctor be involved in the process. We, as lay people, don’t have access to all the information or tools needed to be in any way sure that our…

Understanding medical diagnosis: why it’s all ‘best guesses’
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Understanding medical diagnosis: why it’s all ‘best guesses’

I thought it might be helpful to take a few steps back and dig into how doctors are trained to think about and look at patients, and how they are trained to make diagnoses. This is really important because it helps us understand where missteps and mistakes are more likely to happen and to have…

Getting diagnosed is a journey, not an event
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Getting diagnosed is a journey, not an event

Doctors can and often do make the wrong diagnosis. There are also people, especially those who spend a long period of time without a diagnosis, who start to see a diagnosis as a holy grail – that one true thing that will make their lives ok again. What a diagnosis is Diagnoses are labels. They…

Managing Stress if you go to an ER
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Managing Stress if you go to an ER

If you are not experiencing an immediately life-threatening emergency, please double-check with your doctor if at all possible to see if there is a reasonable alternative to going to the ER. Not only are ER visits substantially more expensive than regular doctor or hospital visits, but they also are spaces where you have almost no…

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Emergency Rooms
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Traumatic Brain Injuries and Emergency Rooms

I want to specifically talk about brain injuries in relation to emergency rooms because I have had too many experiences with them. I know how challenging it can be to have a TBI recognized and how very important this is, especially in the case of the brain injury being caused by an accident that eventually…

Should I go to the emergency room: the trauma factor
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Should I go to the emergency room: the trauma factor

My phone rang. ‘Hey, honey?’ my partner Al said “I need you to call mom and dad about this, but I want you to make sure they don’t freak out” “Freak out about what?” I asked, instantly concerned. “Well, they called an ambulance for me. I slipped and I think I might have dislocated my…

Alison’s Adventures in the ER: a migraine story
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Alison’s Adventures in the ER: a migraine story

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about the current storm of stress that is happening in my life. My migraine started as a headache during a peak stress day(the day started with dropping my cat Rorschach at the vet’s for an endoscopy, then picking up a bridal shower present for a friend…