A lot of doctors have very poor bedside manner.
Often doctors dealiing with special areas are the worst, 'cause they only do the actual medical part. For instance, a surgeon just operates while the family doctor does the follow up WITH the surgeon.
I don’t think much of the commericals but I can see how the people in them “May THINK that is what is being said to them.”
For example, a mother will say “Sorry Bobby you didn’t finish your homework, you can’t watch TV.”
The kid will say “Mommy was so mean to me.”
A lot of times there is no good way to tell people bad news so to be blunt and say it is, in the long term best.
Here’s an example, when I was 16 my mother had a heart attack and the EMTs came and were working on her and my neighbor was over at the house, the EMT told me to get her medical information and get to the hospital. My neighbor said he’d lock up the house.
So it took me about 15 minute to drive to the hospital and I got there at 12:15am. Now I am waiting in the ER waiting room and I don’t see my mother, I was after 1am and I am like did I go to the right hospital. She had a doctor at Osteopathic Hospital while the EMTs told me to go to the Catholic Hospital. Both were the same distance, but I thought maybe my mum told them to go to the hospital where her doctor is at.
So I am thinking either I am at the wrong hospital or something is very wrong if the EMTs are working on her this long. Just before 1:30am the ambulance rolls in with my mother, and she looks bad.
So five minutes later they ask me into that “room” off the ER waiting room. I’ve been in that room when my dad died.
The doctor looks at me and says, “Your mother had a massive heart attack and the outlook isn’t good.”
I said “What are her chances”
He says “Zero, she’s going to die.”
Now remember I this is the middle of the night and I’m just 16 years old, and my father is dead four years prior.
When I tell people this, people will say “Wow that was blunt.”
And I agree, but how else can you say it? I appreciated that the doctors were honest with me.
Now oddly enough not even a year later I got a job working overnights in reception at the ER in Osteopathic Hospital. And they too had that “room” off of the ER waiting area, where they gave the bad news.
And I could see how people would take and many of them would come out of the room and I could hear them and they didn’t react well. Like “My mother was fine yesterday how could she just die?” I was like “You’re mum was 85 years old, things like that CAN happen.”
So I don’t especially like those commercial, but I can see how the people in them could THNK that is what it was like