Kim provides advice for women who are concerned to ask questions about their physician's experience and their own health.
I believe that every state has online information about doctors that can tell you where they got their education, what their specialty is, what they are licensed in, and if they are up-to-date on their licenses. It’s not a bad question.
I mean you would ask about a builder who was building your house. It’s not a bad question, and you know it’s really funny because a lot of women are very, they were taught to be… the doctor should be intimidating. A lot of women who have gone through nursing school are scared to death to talk or confront a doctor even though they know more because they were taught that you can’t do that, but yeah, you can. You are a consumer. They are the provider; you have the right to question. You shouldn’t be intimidated by it.
And if you get all flusters or something write everything down before you go in there. These are the things; these are my symptoms; these are the things I want to talk to you about. Go in and if you can’t ask the question, hand them the piece of paper. This is the problem.
There are lots of tools that women can use to get around things that they might have been taught they shouldn’t be doing. Just educating yourself, going some of the better websites and finding out so that you at least get some of the right language is really valuable to do.
After Jen died and John was really sick, I would come home at night from the hospital and I would go online just to satisfy my curiosity of what were all the things I had heard about that day. It’s really valuable and you feel better if you feel a little educated.
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