If you have been to a doctor's office within the last 10 or 15 years you already know that the first thing that you encounter is a pleasant receptionist who photocopies your insurance card. You are then given a clipboard. On that you fill in all of your contact and identification information, you and your spouse’s employer information and method of payment.
Only then do you get to your own personal medical history. There are questions with check boxes for you to say yes or no. You do NOT have a check box for not exactly!!!
You are confronted by diagrams of the body where you are supposed to point out pain locations. Where do you say “it is stiff always but only hurts sometimes?”
What is missing in this process is the conversation. When a well trained medical specialist in the field pertinent to you at this visit, takes your history that person can and should stop you at a crucial point and ask you to go into more detail about a particular symptom.
Ii is a well known fact that the medical history is 80% of the diagnosis. Before the diagnosis the doctor should form an impression and then perform examinations and tests to rule in or out these impressions and, thereby, prove the diagnosis. Like many basic truths, this advice to budding physicians gets lost in the machinery of money making that medicine has become.
Dr. Joni will:
- Take your medical history while looking at you in person or over the Internet.
- She will ask you which kind of doctor (or medical para-professional) you are seeing next.
- She will then give you a written and electronic record of your history after she makes sure than you understand it all.
- She will discuss with you what questions you may want to ask your doctor.
- She will include the questions in the written and electronic record you can carry in your pocket After your visit, she will, if you like, discuss what the doctor told you, and what options for diagnosis and treatment s/he gave you.
- She will, if you like, go over all of your tests and, if you don’t understand what the results mean, she will explain.
- If she doesn’t have an answer, she will look it up.
- If she finds that there is no answer that the medical profession has, she will tell you that fact too
“Dr. Joni tells it like it is.”
If you are the sort of person who prefers the ostrich method of handling information, (head in the sand) Dr. Joni is not for you