As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
When my friend, let’s call her Amy*, called to tell me about a frustrating experience she had during an appointment with a new primary care provider, I couldn’t help but feel empathy for her situation. Amy made the appointment to address a sensitive health concern and left feeling more confused and frustrated than when she arrived. She had assumed that all providers had training in communicating about delicate and sensitive topics and they would take the time to develop a trusting relationship with her. Instead, she felt rushed and that the provider was cold, unsympathetic, and didn’t provide the reassurance she needed, when she said from the outset that she was anxious. Amy had had positive relationships with her previous providers and just figured that all primary care providers would be pretty much the same. After this less than satisfying interaction, she came to what I believe is an important conclusion, when in comes to choosing a primary care provider, one size does not fit all.
We all go to incredible lengths to take care of the important people in our lives. Drop everything, re-prioritize, re-arrange and make it work. When a family member, loved one or friend falls very ill or a visit suddenly reveals that they need more care and support than they have, it may feel as though their needs suddenly become your number one priority.
No matter how much you or other people are also doing for this person, providing care encompasses many different things and sometimes people think that they aren’t really caregivers unless the person is completely incapacitated. Many of my friends and patients feel they are [...]