Question: Who Can I Talk To?

I recently received the following e-mail in my inbox:

“I was just diagnosed..I’m feeling very heartbroken..is there someone I can speak to?? My doctors have not been helpful with the questions I have..”

First of all, I’m so sorry you were diagnosed. I’m assuming you mean that you were diagnosed with an STD. You didn’t mentioned which STD and you didn’t mention what area of the country you were writing from, but that’s okay.

I hope with some time and some knowledge about your condition you won’t feel as heartbroken as you were the day you were diagnosed.

Sometimes physicians don’t have the best bedside manner with their patients. I know this can be frustrating but try to remember they have a lot of patients to see.

What you might want to do is write down a list of questions you have for your healthcare provider and maybe make an appointment to see a Physician’s Assistant instead.

I am finding with experience that Physician’s Assistants have a lot more time to spend with patients as compared to a full blown Physician. Sometimes you can get better care by seeing a Physician’s Assistant.

I think it’s something worth some consideration.

Meanwhile we do have an online forum where you can post your questions anonymously in the sidebar of this blog. Just look for message boards called Picking Up the Pieces as well as Shut Up and Post! STD Message Board.

Sometimes it can be helpful to do some digging around on the web before you see an actual doctor so you will be better prepared.

I hope this helps!

Until next time…

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