Self-Care Tip #281 – Be aware of how your “Stop! Don’t stop!” behavior is interfacing with your agenda.
One of the challenges in practicing medicine is the inevitable “Stop! Don’t stop!” petitions.
It’s similar in a few ways to being a shoe cobbler who receives clients that don’t want her to use leather. Ms. Cobbler spends 40-60% of her time with clients persuading them of her capacity to use leather, the objective and subjective evidence behind the use of leather and empowering her clients to wear their leather shoes despite public opinion.
This sounds silly and is not meant to be disrespectful to patients, including myself as a patient of physicians and my own difficulties being a patient. It is only to describe the forces we are all working with when we work together in medical care – physician and patient.
Quenn came in reminding me of this. Quenn was a 32 year-old married mother of three, who complained of trouble swallowing, sleeping and ability to feel pleasure over the past two months. She had struggled with this after her mother died nine years ago, but the problems went away over the following year. However nine years-ago, Quenn was not a mother. Nine years-ago, Quenn could shake, stay in the house with the shades down, silent or crying loudly, not eating lying in bed for days and if she wanted, nine years-ago no one would know. This time however, Quenn told me she was desperate.
I have to get better! This time, I’ll do anything! But please start with something natural. I don’t want to get addicted! I’m someone who never does meds.”
Quenn, why are you seeing me?
This is challenging for everyone. Together, the physician and the patient work with this influence on their agendas.
My brothers and I used to play a game on each other when we were kids. Maybe you did this too.
Stop! No don’t! Stop! No don’t! Stop! Don’t! Stop! Don’t! Stop! Don’t stop! Stop! Don’t! Don’t Stop! Don’t Stop!
And for some reason that was hilarious to us. I like to remember this when I’m in the office and smile despite being played by the “Stop! Don’t stop!” behaviors and emotions.
Questions: How about you? How are the “Stop! Don’t stop!” behaviors and emotions playing on your agendas? Please tell me your story.
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