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Re: Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:25 pm
by X_1808
jenny lucas wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:54 pm
X, I tend to trawl the Internet, then with the doctor try and ask the kind of questions that will show I have actually researched this topic, along the lines of 'Do you think it could be xyz?' etc.

Sometimes they don't mind (the sensible ones, as you say) and sometimes they get shirty.

Just WHY they want patients to be thick as two short planks I don't know, but there it is.

Glad you've got some who aren't like that!
I think many doctors prefer thick, unquestioning patients because they take less time and effort to deal with. To be fair, most (all?) NHS docs do have a very big workload. So I can see the attraction of ''Yes doc, no doc, 3 bags full doc'' type patients.

I think I've already said this, but, I was like that, and I paid a heavy price indeed. My family has had to push hard sometimes too. Once we even threatened them with going to the media. That got em moving. Sister had been deemed untreatable and basically left to rot. We obviously believed otherwise and mounted a campaign. It's stressful but, sometimes you just have to do it. Luckily it paid off :)


Are there any guides to challenging the NHS decisions anywhere? Because even with my and my family's experience, I'm sure there is much we could learn. PALS seems rather toothless most of the time.

Re: Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:04 pm
by MrsAverage
X_1808 wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:09 pm
Dusty wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:11 pm
Every referral letter I have ever seen says "Thank you for referring this pleasant xx year old lady" (or gentleman as appropriate). What code do they use for a diificult, miserable so and so? Or is 'pleasant' really code for difficult etc?
Wait a minute.....! You get ''pleasant''? I usually get ''complex''. I think I've got referral letter jealousy now..... :lol: My medical case is definitely complex though, so, the only part of it that bothers me is the thought that I am probably going to get diagnosed and treated later (we've had this a lot in my family. We tend to specialise in rare diseases. It takes ages to get them dx and tx :roll: )

I do actually try hard to be pleasant, but, when they're leaving you in pain that is making you consider your ''self deliverance'' options, you just have to go on a google binge and get a bit persistent. I never used to be like this as a patient, but boy did I pay the price.

My GP seems to quietly admire my recent efforts with my case though. After I ordered up a stack of notes and found a couple of useful old, forgotten letters from specialists, she said ''I can't decide whether you're a hero or bonkers X''. I said ''probably 50:50 by this stage doc'' :lol:
I always get "pleasant" and , naively, took it as a compliment!!! Now I'm going to set myself a challenge to get something different :evil:

Not written in my notes (I don't think !!) my eye consultant cheekily describes me to my face as "a baffling freak of nature" :lol:

Re: Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:14 pm
by Pet66
Many years ok I had to have a hysterectomy. ( One of the best things I had medically as it saved my life)
My GP wrote to the consultant ' this nice lady .......... I took it as a compliment.
One of the complications post op was dreadful constipation. As my husband paid into private medical care at the time, I went back to the consultant. That enema cost £80! My lovely husband said at the time, that is the most expensive poo I've ever heard of! Except he didn't say the word poo lol. Sorry if too much information, and going off the thread.

Re: Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:01 pm
by X_1808
Pet66 wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:14 pm
That enema cost £80! My lovely husband said at the time, that is the most expensive poo I've ever heard of! Except he didn't say the word poo lol. Sorry if too much information, and going off the thread.
I'd expect it to be flecked with silver for that price :lol:

Not TMI for me. Been sick for 18yr already. I was recently visiting my elderly friend in hospital, and went to use the toilet. Nurses warned me that the door didn't lock. I just shrugged and used it anyway. You become a lot more blase about these things after years of it. (I expect many here can relate ;)

Re: Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:41 pm
by Dusty
:lol: It's definitely competiton time (for referrals and notes; I certainly don't want to compete with the enema story!).

Re: Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:48 pm
by X_1808
Bring it on! :D

Re: Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:35 pm
by jenny lucas
In terms of 'shyness' and 'modesty' so to speak, I expect I echo a lot of other mums here - any 'sensibilties' about 'that sort of thing' get left behind on the labour ward......nothing dignified about giving birth!!!! :)

(When I think of the endless fuss I made as a young teenager about the hideous ordeal of changing on the beach, and compare how blasé I am now - I mean, who cares? - and of course, ironically, the more 'care free' I get the less anyone would want to peek anyway!!!! I can remember my mum traumatising me by getting SO impatient with my hopping about from one foot to the other trying to get changed, that she snapped - oh, for heaven's sake, get on with it or I'll yank the damn towel right off you here and now!!!)(er, thanks mum....) (that said, she went to school in a convent, prewar, and the girls all had to have their baths wearing a kind of special 'bath nightie' so they never even saw their own bodies starkers, let alone any of the other girls'!)

Re: Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:25 pm
by Henrietta
You become a lot more blase about these things after years of it. (I expect many here can relate ;)[/quote being mortified that Dad

I remember when I was young being mortified that Dad didn't wear underpants. I must have spent years being embarassed there were never any men's underpants on the washing line and hoping the neighbours never noticed. I always worried about that elusive double decker bus.
Then I moved on to being embarassed walking in on my dad once as he sat on the toilet and hadn't bothered locking the bathroom door. I think I blushed for a week.
By the end of my carer days I had to cope with complete views all round , double incontinenece following dad round with mop and bucket, pads etc and instruct carers how to attach the convene which was just that one step too far.

Re: Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:29 pm
by Henrietta
Going off thread again - sorry but I had a recent referral to have a lump removed from leg and the letter came through saying they were going to repair my inguinal hernia - errrrr don't have one and never have had one :shock:

Re: Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:04 am
by X_1808
Looks like you dodged a bullet there :roll:

I'm in the process of putting together an A4 file of the most relevant medical notes to try and improve their handling of my case. A lot of them seem overwhelmed with multiple + rare conditions and tend to just dump me on the next available doc.

Needless to say, it will not be including how many cups of tea I drink a day, nor the fact that I went to boarding school (because I didn't.....but that still appeared on a recent specialists write up). Sometimes I think there's a secret website called ''weird and irrelevant stuff to add to your patients' notes dot com''. :lol: