I have Bell’s Palsy: Part 5, New Video, being treated “specially” and the struggle to Take Care
Between ER nurses, the ER doctor (who’s been a preceptor), the Pharmacist (who I work with weekly), the Otolaryngologist (Ear Nose and Throat = ENT surgeon), and my own (super-dedicated to Family Practice) GP, I’ve had some durn’d nice treatment. Being a resident doc and being already friendly with these professionals has certainly made my experience different than it might be for another patient. The general process of being “ill” – do I really feel sick though? – is also strange as one who, usually as an outsider, deals with illness all the time.
I often close a chat with a patient by saying something like “Do take care of yourself! Return if you have any concerns” or “Remember to take care.” I don’t know if they ever really hear me when I say it. It is a statement easily brushed off. It’s tough advice to follow. What does it even mean? I’m struggling now to decide how much I need to temporarily give-up in order to be ‘taking care.’ I usually thrive on busyness so I guess I’m afraid that giving up parts of my routine will make me feel less well. Or perhaps this is the pathological thinking of a Type-A “gotta be doing stuff” junkie – an apt description for most physicians I know, including myself.
I probably should have discussed my doc’s advice with my parents (since he suggested I travel the 2 hrs to their place so they can look after me). But I had just talked to them and they’ll hear sooner or later (right M + P?!)
Anyway, the next video instalment is here. I thought I fixed the sound-delay but YouTube compression maybe re-jangled it.
Watching myself reminds me that I used more jargon than I should have; in the office I usually draw pictures and try and explain it carefully, checking in with the patient that it makes sense. Talking at my computer, I wasn’t as conscious of the fancy words:
Schadenfreude = pleasure taken in witnessing the misfortune of others [my reference to this is a joke, by the way, in case it wasn’t clear]
“Loveseat” = mini couch with 2 seats (is this a Canadian term only?), I slept here because it was in the room furthest from the noise
location of the geniculate ganglion= (for pedants,) this convergence of nerve fibres that form the facial nerve is technically in the facial canal not inside the cranium proper
GP = Family Doctor aka General Practitioner – possibly called Primary Care Provider (PCP) in the good ‘ole US of A
ENT = Otolaryngologist also known as Ear Nose and Throat = ENT surgeon
MRI = Magnetic Resonance Imaging – a non-radiating imaging modality, especially good for looking at brain stuff, like the nerves that control our face
Prednisone = a steroid medication meant to suppress inflammation; read more about it here