Further adventures with new health care providers. In addition to the skin thing and the pain thing, I have the eye thing. I have had cataract surgery done on both eyes, and am on record as one of the youngest patients to ever have that done (I was 21 at the time). I also have glaucoma and corneal scarring on the right eye from recurring viral infections following each of my surgeries. Given what I do for a living, I need my eyes working as well as possible for as long as possible (yes, that was a shameless ploy to get you to click on over to my online portfolio).
So today was the day to break in a new eye doctor. I had my previous eye doctor (who had done my most recent eye surgery) fax over all of my records, as well as fill out the medical history questionnaire in detail.
The physician’s assistant scanned over all of my paperwork, looked exasperated, and said “There’s just so much here. Can you briefly summarize your medical history for me?”
Again, I pulled out my best Buddha smile: “It’s…complicated.”
She stared at me for a minute, realized that I had, indeed, summarized everything as briefly as possible, and went back to entering all my data, muttering.
This, once again, is where I have come to realize that the way I approach health care is entirely different from how “uncomplicated” patients do so. I’m not easily summarized into a PowerPoint presentation, with easily digestible take-home points.
Actually, I lied. If I WAS a PowerPoint presentation, I would look something like this. Except there would be about 70 slides of about that level of intricacy.
So no, Cupcake, I am not your usual patient. Please don’t expect me to behave like one just because you want to get me out of the way so you can go home.