Recent Reviews for David W. Page
Is Hastening Death Ever Right? (Article) - 9/7/2011 3:00:37 PM|
Hi Dr. Page,
My mother will be 80 on October 20th. She has many medical issues; one being that she cannot speak. She is now in a nursing home. I love her; but have asked the lord "Why must she suffer?" "What about her dignity?"
Kathy and I have made a promise to each other which we will share with our two children "someday" that if we ever are stricken with a terrible accident or disease that somehow someway we will leave this world with our dignity and spare our children and grandchildren the pain of watching their Mom or Dad or Mamma and Papa suffer and lose all purpose and dignity of life.
A Little Truth About Ermergency Rooms (Article) - 11/12/2009 7:12:22 PM
As a retired respiratory therapist and Viet-Nam medic, in my 25+ years in the field, I found myself the only person in some of the rural hospitals I worked in the only really qualified person to make critical decisions. Qualified by fire, and not nesesarily credentials to make a life and death decision. Most times there wasn't a Doc around and the nurses were calling, ringing their hands and waiting for a Doc. All the while the patient was crashing. In most cases I simply said screw protocal, I'm gonna do this or that.
The Docs were always happy I did what I did. And was generally given a free hand by the Docs to do what was nessesary. My bosses always said, "Walt, you do what you need to do and I will back you, but you had best not be wrong," I never was, because I used common sense. That is something that is lacking today and hands on is the best way to go. But try telling a newbie resident who can't move without tons of expensive test.
People survived for years and years without an MRI or CT based on the Doc's experience and intuition alone.
If you are afraid to make a decision based on S.O.A.P. you need to get back to the roots of medicine.
Thanks for pointing that out.
Is Hastening Death Ever Right? (Article) - 3/30/2009 4:20:57 AM
Hello Dr. David,
My brother slowly succumbed to cancer of the kidney and liver, I could not bear the anguish and the pain he suffered, and he too would have preferred to die minus the suffering. It is sheer agony and torture.
How do you choose a surgeon? (Article) - 1/21/2009 2:33:51 PM
Great article, Dr. Page!! It's so unusual to hear an MD say the thinsg you said. I agree with you on every point. Why is it that there are more doctors who may be offended than not? I've witnessed some wonderful doctors who truly enjoy educating their patients regarding the disease or operation. I suppose it is due to the fact that everyone is different and you have to take the bad with the good. What's your thoughts? KJ Jacobs
When Patients and Doctors Don't Hear Each Other (Article) - 1/10/2009 12:32:00 PM
As I was reading your article, I was really interested in your point of view regarding this topic. Due to the many chronic illnesses I have and the many doctors I have seen in the last 33 years, I have talked with doctors on both sides of this problem. I can tell you one thing...you are right about compressing the emotional distance between the doctor's words and the patient's heart. There are very few doctors who have a "good bedside manner." Due to the fact that I am a nurse, I try to tell each and every doctor exactly how my body reacts to different treatments. Many doctors do not want the patients' interaction in the diagnosis process. It is truly a pleasure to talk with a doctor who genuinely desires to get to the root of the problem, in an acute illness. As a general rule, people who have chronic illnesses and try to keep up with the latest treatments and discoveries can usually pinpoint the problem for that particular visit. If the doctor was truly listening, he/she would pick up on it quickly. Thanks for your contribution on this subject matter. In a perfect world, all doctors would have the time to listen. KJ Jacobs