Last week I had my second annual visit with my Hematologist. As a Brain Tumor Survivor, I look forward to seeing Dr. Lossos. I know I am doing well, but having him validate that is a comfort to me. I am grateful for another good appointment.
After eight years, we have learned a lot about each other. At each visit, he does a thorough examination and asks me how I am doing. He looks at me medically but also asks about my life, work, and how Corky is doing. I always ask him how he and his family are doing. His answer is always fine; I am fine. He is a man of few words, but he is the doctor who saved my life, and for that, I am grateful.
As we ended the visit, he said I am doing well and to let him know if anything changes. He said he would like to see me in a year. I asked him if I could do a telemedicine visit vs. coming to Miami. He said, “No, I need to examine you .”I said, OK, but I think you are the only doctor still doing a complete physical examination! He just shook his head. But this is the kind of doctor he is – very thorough, pays attention to details, and is interested in each of his patients and for this I am grateful.
Despite a two-hour wait to see him, I left the office happy that Dr. Lossos is my doctor and continue to be grateful as he saved my life!
Thanks for reading Nurse Advocate. I will be off for the next two weeks. I am taking a little vacation to the Greek Isles. I will be back on May 2nd!
I’m glad to hear that you have such a good doctor to care for you.Too many doctors short cut today.
That is wonderful news, Anne.
So it the trip to the Greek Isles.
Congratulations on another great exam…we’re grateful for you, too, Anne!!
Hi Anne, I’m so glad you had a good visit and a thorough Doctor. They are getting harder and harder to find. What we once took for granted (with in person thorough visits with medical providers that care) is quickly becoming extinct. Instead, we’ve got a “churn-em-and-burn-em” kind of sick-care system. And while Telehealth can be good for some issues (like sinus infections & the flu), so much is lost in good quality care because of it when it comes to diagnosing and treating. Nothing will ever replace the Doctor’s instincts when it comes to having you physically right there in front of them. My knee replacement doc was the same, 2 hour waits, but well worth it for the information and thorough exam I received. Leaving with a peace of mind is priceless. I also learned to check-in, give them my cell number and say “Please call me when I’m next up.” They always did. I went off and did other things while I waited, remaining nearby. Which eliminated the stress of languising in the waiting room. It was a win-win for everyone!!
Congratulations, dear friend and colleague! Enjoy your well-deserved time away!
Great news! Good for another year!
Thanks for another great message, Anne. Most nurses I know never complain about a long wait to see a physician. We know that there are so many unexpected things that come up for a physician to respond to and if they are a great physician such as yours, we feel so grateful to have been seen and cared for-despite the wait.
Have a wonderful trip to the Greek Islands!
This is wonderful news and your vacation-WELL DESERVED- ENJOY ‼️
Enjoy your well deserved vacation, especially as Dr Lassos gave you a good report.
Happy you are doing so well Anne & wonderful to know there are still docs out there who realize the importance of a thorough physical exam as well as the need to connect with their patients. That is how trust is established. Without trust there is no real caring.
Thanks for all you do & sharing this positive experience!