You know the old saying don’t judge a book by its cover? A version of that has come to mind for me recently of- don’t judge a person by their title.
Four years ago I told my GP that I thought I had psoriatic arthritis because it runs in my family and I had a large red patch on my elbow. My GP said it wasn’t psoriasis. However, he referred me to an orthopedic specialist, who in turn, referred me to a rheumatologist. The rheumatologist diagnosed me with Celiacs but said I did not have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. A dermatologist said the same.
Two years ago I was referred to a different rheumatologist who diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and who also said I did not have psoriatic arthritis.
What did all of them have in common? None of them looked at my scalp.
In March this year I went to a different dermatology clinic because that red patch was back again on my elbow. It had been coming and going. But this time it was accompanied by pain in my elbow. I did not see the doctor. I saw the physicians assistant. At first when the appointment was made, I was concerned I could not see the doctor first. I was WRONG.
The physician’s assistant was the first medical provider who looked at my scalp. He was very thorough. When he looked at my scalp, he said, that’s psoriasis. The person with the lesser title was the person who was the most thorough.
Don’t judge a person by their title.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
17 thoughts on “Don’t Judge A Person by Their……..”
It is so easy to assume someone is one thing giving them opportunity to show you who they are. Good lesson for all of us!
Thank you. Will be praying for you and your hubby
It is so aggravating when the “professional” doesn’t listen to the patient / customer. I think they assume we are ignorant & make decisions based on some other basis that has nothing to do with us.
It is frustrating
Yep. You just never know. Good reminder! And I just have to say this so reminds me of when my brother was seeking a diagnosis. Everything from RA to fibromyalgia to CFS was applied to him when all the while he had done his own research and kept asking them to check into EDS, as so many things seemed to fit. Finally, one doctor took notice of the symptoms and body type as a whole.
It is like going through a maze to get an accurate diagnosis
Yes, it is!
You are so right. Sometimes the assistance has the most experience. I am glad they were able to make the right diagnosis.
I am glad too 🤗
There have been times I found the nurse practitioners to be more thorough than the doctors.
Maybe more motivated at times
Yes that’s probably what it is
Don’t judge a person by their title. Is a very accurate saying. I have experienced that before too
How are you?
I have experienced a similar phenomenon here. The prescribing nurses at the surgeries are often more careful and caring.
I love nurses