Monday, March 07, 2011

Sick Day

And so I'm home sick today. Probably thanks to the munchkin; she has been graciously picking up and sharing whatever bugs there are in Daycare. I've never fallen ill so many times before; just last month I took my very first sick day, in my 3 years of work since I joined my group. And now, just 4 weeks later, I'm down with some crud again.
And truth be told, I felt horribly guilty calling in this morning to tell the office manager to reschedule the patients. For one, I've had a terrible headache since yesterday, I ache, am running a fever of 102.8 F and my throat hurts like the devil. The bed has been very accomodating today, though I feel horrible knowing that some patients waited 6 weeks for an appointment with me, and many probably took a day off planning to drive in to town for the visit. And so, this always gets me thinking:
What would patients prefer? Would someone prefer to just see the physician, knowing that although the illness may be contagious, it's not anthrax? Because, as someone on the receiving end, I'd be pissed if I took the day off to see the dentist, only to have him cancel on me.
Or, would patients prefer to reschedule and not risk seeing a physician who may not be on top of his game because he feels crummy, and risk picking up whatever cooties his nostrils may transmit to his hands, and then to you?
Humor me. This is a legitimate survey and I'd really like to know.

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Blogger iml said...

I'll take the risk and see him( in his mask and gloves, I presume) as I'm not waiting for another 3 months to the next appt where anything could happen.

6:55 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

Heh. Face mask and gloves? Not likely. We just use copious amounts of alcohol disinfectants.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is waiting for appt that long in US? Doctors are humans too, don't you all have someone to replace in case you fall ill & take longer to recuperate ?

6:20 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

It depends on specialty- shorter waiting list for primary care, GP, etc. Longer for specialists. Mine's about a 6 week waiting period.
And no, with the lack of specialists, we don't have extra docs waiting around to see your patients if you fall ill.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reminds me of an incident when my late sis in law, well known oncologist packed his bag 24/7 & left the country (MY) without a word and there were no replacement at the hospital. She collapsed suddenly, semi coma due to mets in her brain, & the stuck up neurosurgeon (political frog too) pointed out its Cut now or Die ! Other specialists gave differing views until a visiting oncologist came (days later) with the appropriate treatment.

Sad isn't it when people take doctors for granted & vice versa.

Be well :)

4:24 AM  
Anonymous anastasia said...

I can't see the poll, but here's my answer:

For a 6 week waiting time, I'd much rather see the doctor sick than postpone.

11:04 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

sorry ana, waiting another week to collect more data. it's looking interesting. will post results soon

6:04 AM  

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