I have a major phobia re hospitals (for good reason BTW) - not French hospitals per se, but hospitals anywhere. I have a condition that i've had all my life - unfortunately health professionals always want to start the very lengthy investigations all over again and do tend to be alarmist, albeit I understand their point of view.Look after yourself EH.
If you are supposed to be in hospital, maybe that is not such a bad idea.
Whatever you decide, get well soon.
I find that the biggest problem is to get them to think outside the box, out of their own comfort zone... Consider a different approach...I have a major phobia re hospitals (for good reason BTW) - not French hospitals per se, but hospitals anywhere. I have a condition that i've had all my life - unfortunately health professionals always want to start the very lengthy investigations all over again and do tend to be alarmist, albeit I understand their point of view.
I can manage the most effective treatment at home and at least my GP has grasped that it's not a good idea to push me and that it's not something that has suddenly occurred.
You would be surprised how many people I know of various ages who don't just 'sit back and take whatever prescriptions and advice they are handing out', although certainly that's a common approach (as it probably is elsewhere). So perhaps not an "expat" thing.Have split this off on a thread of its own, as the topic could get interesting.
I have a tendency to "get into it" with my doctors if I think they're going wrong with me. Some folks I've mentioned this to (particularly here in France) think that's terrible - but all in all I find it has worked out well. AND I do make a point of working with my various doctors rather than just sitting back and taking whatever prescriptions and advice they are handing out.
There are some doctors who really don't like that. But my current doctor is fine with "discussing" my concerns and hesitations and coming to a mutually agreeable approach.
But maybe it's an "expat" thing.
Not so sure about that approach - my current doctor is "a little" younger than I am, and in chatting during my last visit, she mentioned that she has four more years until she retires. I fully expect to need another doctor for many years after she retires. Though they are building a "maison de santé" at the end of our street just behind the pharmacy and I may think about switching over when that gets set up (assuming they have a decent doctor in place there).
I find that the biggest problem is to get them to think outside the box, out of their own comfort zone... Consider a different approach...
Your triglycerides are too high, cut down on fats - but I don't eat fat, I never have. Cut down on your consumption of fats. But I've never... Cut down...
Look you are giving me testosterone because my levels are too low. Why not check my aromatase levels (aromatase is an enzyme the converts testosterone to œstrogen) and when you have too much aromatase, you get too much œstrogen and too little testosterone (hence you are giving me tesosterone,) the liver converts the excess œstrogen to tryglycerides) because, etc.
Response: Blank look! Cut down ...
This thread came to mind as I was reading the excellent book by Martin Winckler: "les Brutes en Blanc - la maltraitance médicale"Yes, I agree Baldi.
Too many specialists (not so GPs in my experience) work on autopilot...if X condition walks in then the treatment is Y. GPs seem to be more open because they are used to widely different conditions walking in, and sometimes a combination of different diseases, living conditions etc. They accept that a friendly chat and some reassurance is better than "take these pills twice a day".