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Nurses make the most awful patients

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Nurses are not always good at being patients.

I realised that I need to practise being a better patient after a recent visit to the doctor with a foot problem.

I had done my usual thing when I have an ailment that needs medical attention. First, I gather together information, some of it up to date and some not, and then supplement it with background info from the internet.

Using that combination, I will then decide whether it is worth going to the doctor and, a significant percentage of the time, will decide nothing can be done and so will stay at home. If I do decide that a visit to the surgery is worthwhile, I will go with a preconceived idea of what action will be taken.

I discovered last week that my approach is not doing me any favours.

Having had my sore foot for some time, deciding that it would be a waste of time to go as the evidence base was not in favour of steroid injections, etc, I did finally go to see the doctor. And he came up with a solution, and a good one, that I had not anticipated. A simple soft heel pad that could be bought from the chemist and time will do the rest.

Thank you for asking – yes it is gradually getting better.

I am not really sure why I have decided that my ‘knowledge’ will be better than that of the expert who is paid to keep up to date with treatments for common problems in primary care.

So that’s it, I am letting go.

I am going to pretend I’m going to the hairdresser, not the doctor. Instead of triaging myself I am just going to look in the mirror and think – someone needs to do something about that -  just show up and let the expert do the rest.

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  • Ha ha! I always assume the doctor will say 'suck it up, you'll be fine in a few days' and so I never go. Or else I 'diagnose' something so serious that there's no point in going as it's probably too late.

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