Life, in itself, is complicated enough. Having a chronic condition adds more fun to it. Dealing with my new prescription coverage is the tipping point! It has been a struggle to get my medication in line. On top of that, my doctors and I have been working on a new treatment course. This is why I am thankful for Dr. Hood, my primary care physician (PCP). He and his staff have been dedicated to my care.
A Dedicated PCP Treats the Entire Patient
I am much more than my illness and I appreciate it when I have doctors that see that. Dr. Hood considers my lifestyle, health, mental state, goals, life events, and activities in my treatment plan. He is flexible and compassionate enough to hear me and wise enough to do what’s best for me (even when I don’t like it).
A Dedicated PCP Follows Through
Sometimes I am in an “action-item” haze. I have a bullet list of appointments to make for me and other family members. Plus, never-ending work and home tasks take more time than I have in a day. I have been pleasantly surprised (and relieved) when I get a call saying, “Dr. Hood sent a referral for …” I think I may have told the last young lady that called that I love her.
My doctor’s follow through has taken pressure off my day.
A Dedicated PCP Helps me Help me
I When I get an after-hour message, I know it is an inconvenience to my healthcare provider. If the healthcare team feel that I am worth the inconvenience, the best way to show my gratitude is compliance. It puts the right kind of pressure on me to work harder for me. My effort needs to be 100x greater than anyone else’s effort. So when my PCP helps me, it inspires me to put more effort into improving my health.
I am sure some would argue it is a doctor’s job to care about their patients. Doctors have lives and their lives are just as complicated and busy as their patients and that’s why I am thankful to have a dedicated PCP like Dr. Hood!