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Derm is Lucky to be Nameless
Thanks for the web site. I
am 52 and have had P and PA for 6 years.
My first outbreak was about 90% of my body (and it is real big).
Thank God my GP
knew about P (his wife has it) and sent me right away to a Derm.
First I went to
an older Derm then was passed over to his much younger partner.
Ed, I have a very beautiful daughter.
At the time I went to the Derm she was 20.
When they called me to be examined she went with me.
Well, this young derm saw her standing with me at the counter and
gave her one of those Hi good
looking! What’s your sign? looks.
Then we went to an exam room.
me, he turned to my beautiful flawless-skinned daughter and said, "You
know, you will probably get this."
Needless to say
neither of us were happy. I
went two more times to this "doctor" and was badly treated.
I believe he only wanted to work on the money-making clients; he
did not want to have to deal with my problem.
And I kept asking questions, which probably also irritated him.
doctors and now I get real good treatment.
Have a great
time at the conference [NPF
National Conference 2002, August 9-11, Orlando, FL. -Ed]. If I have to
speak or lead a meeting I usually pick a spot on the wall to talk to.
Thanks again for the site. -Jessie D.
Response: Fortunately, I can
count on my fingers the bad-doc email here at FlakeHQ.
I’m talking about the stories that just make me want to stand up
and throw my derms bills out the window.
Yours has just upped the count by 1.
Maybe we should
attribute his outrageous lack of judgment to youth and naiveté.
Maybe we should attribute it to that brain-deadness that happens to
the young and oversexed in the presence of new prey (your daughter,
unfortunately). Whatever we
blame it on, that statement was utterly uncalled for as well as being
grossly bad judgment. Was he
asked to dispense medical opinion to your daughter?
If I were
omnipotent, I would knock $10,000 per year off every
doctor’s income when any one
doctor made that kind of mistake.
Docs pride themselves on being so “self-policing” ... I think
you’d find there’s sudden and considerable improvement in that
self-policing if they all had to pay for the sins of the few.
Also, docs make
too bloody much money to make such stupid mistakes.
If I were
omnipotent I would convert your young derm into a veterinarian who
services insects and then transport him to a kingdom populated fully but
solely by cockroaches.
public speaking tip. Someone
else recommended that approach to calming the jitters years and years ago
and I tried it several times with some success.
Then there was this short-lived television commercial — I can’t
remember what it was for — but in the first few seconds you see a woman
in a room with pattern-painted walls.
Suddenly you see movement on the wall and a leotard-clad bald man,
also sporting the pattern paint, steps away from the wall where he’d
been invisible before moving. Ever
since that commercial I’ve been terrified to stare at a spot on the
wall. If a camouflaged
conference registrant stepped out of that spot I’m afraid I’d wet my
anyway, Jessie <wink>. -Ed