Monday, March 7, 2011

Dear "Patient",

Your medical team believes you to be a very intelligent and informed patient.  When you are given conflicting advice, we recommend that you take the opportunity to make an informed decision. You are capable and quite welcome to further research your condition if you feel so strongly about our care plan.

No one has asked the question you refer to, because we already know the answer.  You already know the answer too and it is unlikely that you would answer us truthfully.  We know because we see it in your face, your eyes, your posture.  We hear it, in your voice, your tone, your words, your groans and sighs.

As stated earlier, you are an intelligent person and I am sure you know why none of your medical team take "your burden" home.  We see hundreds of patients, if we took their pain and despair home with us, we would be no good to our patients, families, friends or even ourselves.

I do hope that I have sufficiently answered all your concerns.  Please be aware that if you are disappointed with your Care Plan, I would be happy to discuss it with you at our next appointment.

See you in three weeks.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr Sanders. Ma ABC, DEF G ph.D