A Patient Patient

Dr. Barry E. Koehler, Dr. Susan Kuo, Dr. Brian K. Kwon, Dr. Murray J. Penner, Dr. Thomas J. Goetz and Dr. Bassam A. Masri. These are some of my "regulars". Or, maybe it's the other way around? I'm one of theirs!

I've spent a lot of time in waiting rooms, labs and hospitals and those of you with chronic diseases understand this. As I've sat waiting, I've been witness to the other patients and how they are mentally and emotionally. Some sit quietly, reading or talking - others are toe-tapping, knee-jerking or huffing and puffing.

I've been a "member" of both groups and I can tell you that the latter behaviours do not shorten the wait time, nor does it improve the quality of your appointment when you finally get in to see the doctor. These feelings of frustration, irritation and fear release a cascade of hormones that are detrimental to your over-all sense of peace and well-being and are actually proven to inhibit effective communication.

Instead, cultivate a feeling of gratitude for our doctors who, on the whole, do want to help us. Like the rest of us, they need to feel appreciated for "doing their jobs." I, for one, would like to send my appreciation to my doctors for their highly skilled care and compassion. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.