Earlier today, I posted about my somewhat disappointing annual appointment with my OB/GYN. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I'm a moderate-to-highly assertive person. You could change my name to Frank because that's just what I am.
Sometimes I forget that situations I nonchalantly find myself in can be quite intimidating to others. For instance, opening dialogue with and questioning information or decisions from a health care provider can be so intimidating for some patients, their needs and concerns go unaddressed when the conversation is not prompted.
I'd like to share this with you: HealthCare Providers, whether it be your OB, Midwife, Endocrinologist, or Pediatrician, are not infallible. Ever. The primary function of any provider is to assist in the management of your health, including but not limited to answering your questions, explaining your options for treatments and procedures, and referring you to appropriate information and alternate caregivers as necessary.
So why are so many people afraid to question their providers? There's no clear answer, but I feel the two main causes are the respect (and rightfully so) we reserve for medical professionals and an uncertainty of how to approach them.