I make the worst patient
As a nurse, there are few things more irritating than the patient who seems to be wasting my time.
They come in with pain or fever and haven't tried ibuprofen or Tylenol. They insist on an immediate appointment for things that have been going on for weeks. They tell the medical assistant or nurse one thing and the doctor something totally different. And they are hypercritical of my staff.
The other day, I got to be a patient. I had something nasty going on with my toes. I won't go into that.
Anyway, the problem had been going on for weeks, so I called for an immediate appointment. Of course, I hadn't tried Tylenol or ibuprofen. I was really critical of the staff. And, I forgot a few things, so my story changed when the doctor came in.
If I were the nurse, I would be totally annoyed with me. Will this change how I interact with my patients? Don't be silly.