Finding a Great Doctor is Important; Finding Two is a Blessing

Finding a Great Doctor is Important; Finding Two is a Blessing
crohn's corner I remember when my internist first recommended a gastroenterologist to me. I was 32 and had never seen any doctors besides my internist, an OB-GYN, and a dermatologist, so I was nervous. What would going to a specialist be like? Would it be a lot different than going to a "regular" doctor? It turned out that my internist referred me to a great GI. I appreciated that she was female. It's hard to find a female gastroenterologist, and back then it was even harder. She was not only quite skilled in all matters gastroenterology, but she was warm and funny and I felt like she really listened to me. On my first visit, she was able to do a sigmoidoscopy, which I had not expected. I was not sedated, but she talked me through it and made it seem not so bad. When she told me that I would need a colonoscopy, she did so as if I was scheduling a massage or a pedicure. It was a breezy thing, something I would be doing in my spare time. When I told her there was no way I could do the typical prep — I gag on anything that I can't stand the taste of and I can't get a lot of liquid down at once — she worked with me to find an alternate prep I could live with. Just feeling I could bargain that point made me feel much more in control of the whole situation. (Deep down, I realize I am not). I had five more colonoscopies, and each time she worked with me to fine-tune the prep so we could find something that worked for me. I was with that doctor for 15 years, and it felt like we were working together. I liked that she did everything she c
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