Originally Posted by Shinobiz11
I shadowed for the first time today, it was pretty chill. Just wanted to share some funny things that happened.
While the DPM and I were seeing a patient, he was sitting and I was standing, I leaned back on the wall for second; 5 minutes later, I feel something wet on my back and notice I leaned on the hand sanitizer dispenser and had it all over my shirt lol. Luckily that stuff dries fast.
Also, the doctor was performing an ingrown toenail removal. Something about the clicking noise that the clippers were making was really bothering me. Along with that, I was getting really claustrophobic and dizzy. I almost passed out lol. I'm still not sure what happened. I've seen tons of surgeries and even much worse things (internet
), but I guess its different in real life. Excused myself and went outside to get some fresh air. One of the medical assistants came out to check on me lol, afterwards they all had some jokes.
It was fun though, really enjoyed it. The doctor was a cool guy and offered to write me a letter of rec without me even saying anything. But man, type II diabetes patients...are they always this ignorant?
If I've seen one consistent frustration across the board among practicing podiatrists, it seems to be their difficulty getting diabetic patients to comply.
Seen case study after case study of progressive amputations of a patient that...they just wouldn't change! They wouldn't listen, wouldn't follow directions, just kept making the problem worse and worse.
I think, by and large, there are a lot of ignorant people regarding health and medicine, but that's where you come in. I don't think everyone disregards orders, and the majority of them are ignorant of something because they've just never been told before (it's not like our education system does much in the way of teaching healthy eating or balancing a checkbook....).
I recall being in undergrad and debating with someone for a good half hour because they didn't believe that alcohol had calories. I don't know where that fits in, but hey...even college-edumacated folks can be ignorant.