Thursday, 3 July 2008

I have just had an appointment with the nicest, kindest, most compassionate, most caring, most efficient, most beautiful doctor I have even met in my life. LOL!!! REALLY!!!

As mentioned before I have been very angry and bitter about my health care. I have a great dentist and eye doctor but have had seen a bunch of cold, incompetent, 'I don't know a fuck and don't give a fuck about you' doctors since we moved to the UK. I kept trying to find a better one in my catchment area, but each was actually worse than the one before.

Then last week, as mentioned in a couple of posts back, I got a recommendation at that weight management meeting I went to and immediately made an appointment for today. I went along this morning. First the receptionist who registered me was warm and friendly, which for me was a good sign since down to the last woman, at all the other practices the desk staff were cold and awful. Then the nurse that did my intake was also warm and friendly ... ohhhh ... I'm on a roll I thought. But none of that could prepare me for this doctor...when my appointment came up, I was escorted upstairs into Dr. W's office.

The minute I entered, she made eye contact, smiled, got up, walked from behind her desk came to me introduced herself and welcomed me. I was floored since the most I've ever gotten in the past is a terse good morning from behind a computer. On top of her warmth and courtesy, she was drop dead gorgeous. She is originally from Greece, is probably in her mid 40s, is about my height but very slim, had a beautiful head of short thick dark glossy hair, a beautiful face and complexion and was dressed like one of the characters from Sex and the City. Not inappropriate, just trendy and hottttt!!! I SWEAR I am not making this up. The overall effect was so stunning that I just blurted out, "oh my God you are SO beautiful and you look amazing!!!

Anyway, she allowed me to talk about all my concerns and issues regarding my health and weight, addressed each one in turn. She examined me physically, ordered blood work, told me she would be in touch if my blood work turned up any red flags and asked me to make an appointment to see her in a month. I have had good doctors before, mostly in the USA, but this woman is head and shoulders above anyone I've ever met. She was caring and compassionate in her response to me, firm when she needed to be, gave me good solid information and has positioned herself as my advocate and support in relation to my weight loss efforts. I was so relieved to find a doctor who cared and was so overwhelmed by her thoroughness, efficiency and compassion that I actually burst into tears towards the end of our session and thanked her a million times before I got out the door. Poor woman, I'm sure she now thinks I'm a basket case ... which come to think about it may not be far from the truth.

Anyway, I now feel so much more confident about my health and am actually optimistic that eventually I will beat this disease of obesity and have a fighting chance of avoiding heart disease, hypertension, diabetes etc.

10 comments:

  1. Yay!!!! A good doctor can make all the difference in the world - I should know. Here's to a long, happy relationship!

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  2. You found what you were looking for, and you never gave up until you found it! That is determination, and it really does pay off!

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  3. Very good. My best doctors were of the greek persuasion. I wish you a life without obesity related misery. I think I need a metric translator to follow your progress.

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  4. I'm so glad to hear that you had a positive experience with this doctor!

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  5. hello Nona,

    I have been horribly remiss. Not sure why, but in part the only justifiable reason is being just to darn busy. Which, I know, I know, is not good.

    Anyays, I have been reading your entries since 23 June, and you know its seems alike so many of our fellow bloggers are going through the same thing. After a year of my path on the road to a helthy me, I found it hard to keep going, and for near 4 months I been struggling hard to regain my motivation.

    I am glad you found a good physician. I have a great one too. Granted he does not see me often, but whenever I walk in he is truly open, attentive to my stories, and comes up with good advice. That does not mean he is always lenient. But then I don expect him to be.

    I will check in soon Nona!

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  6. Ha! Pandora's back! And where are YOU??? You've been pretty quiet lately too. Come on, Nona - I'm fixed, cleared by the surgeon to resume everything except lifting for another two weeks, and I'm ready to get going again!!!!

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  7. Wow, very impressive doctor! Good for you for going and sticking to it.

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  8. That is great about the doc and good luck

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  9. That's great that you finally made contact with a dentist you feel good about. Too bad that she seems to be the exception among the doctors you've seen.

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