Angry Doctor

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Taste of My Own Medicine

angry doc has had a rough week.

It all started with a semi-elective procedure he had to undergo, which was complicated by a medical error at the beginning, adverse effect of a medication following that, and now a possible drug allergy.

The medical error was unexpected but avoidable (and fortunately minor with no longterm consequences), the adverse effect was expected and unavoidable (the benefits of the therapy outweighed the adverse effect), and the drug allergy was of course unexpected and again unavoidable since the medication is part of the treatment.

So three out of four there.

Being a doctor doesn't grant angry doc immunity from adverse medical events, but it does make him see and react to these events differently from the average layman.

He understands how medical errors can occur even under the care of skilled and experienced healthcare workers acting under the best intentions, and he is willing to forgive (as long as the lesson learnt at his expense is not forgotten).

He understands how medications that are good for you can sometimes make you feel uncomfortable, and he is willing to accept that.

What he couldn't stomach though is that fact that it took him so long to self-diagnose the possible drug allergy.

But hey, given the circumstances, perhaps I should cut angry doc some slack, don't you think?

6 Comments:

  • Speedy recover to you. =)

    And while you take your ample rest, you may want to read a book or two. So here's a link that might be of interest: http://www.skepticnorth.com/2010/09/book-review-taking-the-medicine-by-druin-burch/

    Get well soon!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 10, 2010 2:50 pm  

  • As they always say, doctors are the worst patients. I always try not to get sick at the hospital I work. If I get sick, take me somewhere else.
    Anyway, get well soon.

    By Anonymous MedTale, At September 11, 2010 1:32 am  

  • Best wishes and take care bro =)

    By Blogger Edgar, At September 14, 2010 7:55 am  

  • Hello Angry docor, how are you doing. I know this comment is not directly related to your recent post but I didnt know how to contact you so, I thought I just ask you through a comment. Hopefully you can see this. Ive read your blog about using ginger compress for kidney disease. I am trying to find alternative ways to treat my mom who we recently found out that she only has 30 % functioning kidney. I am praying that hopefully we can keep it at 30 % and not go through dialysis in the future. Will this therapy help my mom in anyways and also is this therapy safe ? How effective is this therapy for someone like her, can it aid in keeping her kidney stay stronger ? Have you seen any patients that had seen results through using this method ? Thank you so much

    By Anonymous Daniel, At September 17, 2010 9:09 am  

  • Daniel,

    My advice for you is the same one I give to all my readers who seek a medical opinion: please consult your doctor.

    Thank you.

    By Blogger angry doc, At September 17, 2010 12:02 pm  

  • Oh I misread the blog. I thought you wrote article. My mistake. We are already consulting a doctors unfortunatly this was after consulting numerous doctors who told my mom everything was fine until we went to a hospital for complete check up. Thanks fo the reply

    -Daniel

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 18, 2010 10:03 am  

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