Kitty Carlisle

Veneta, OR, United States

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Kitty Carlisle
Posted about 3 years ago
"WHY is the patient the most under-used resource in healthcare?? How did that happen?" (Follow-up to LIVE TED Conversation July 27)
Yes, sometimes it is arrogance and even negligence on the part of the doctor. My friend experienced extreme weight gain as the side effect of a prescription drug. Instead of listening to her, the doctor blamed the patient for overeating, and repeatedly told her to quit eating so much. One day, she fainted in his office. It turned out she was eating less than 800 calories per day. The same doctor refused to prescribe any pain meds for her fibromyalgia, because he did not "believe in" fibro as a diagnosis.
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Kitty Carlisle
Posted about 3 years ago
"WHY is the patient the most under-used resource in healthcare?? How did that happen?" (Follow-up to LIVE TED Conversation July 27)
I thought electronic recordkeeping would help, but one of the nurses told me that, in this very new hospital, they had compatibility issues between the palm-top devices they purchased and the recordkeeping software, so they can't even use the portable system. Someone bought a fancy barcode reading system, and it is so cumbersome to use, it wastes time. Hospitals need to be far more tech savvy.
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Kitty Carlisle
Posted about 3 years ago
"WHY is the patient the most under-used resource in healthcare?? How did that happen?" (Follow-up to LIVE TED Conversation July 27)
In my experience, it's not just the patient, but the patient records that are underutilized. During my last three ER visits, all because of kidney stones and infections, the ER doctors largely ignored both me and the file and tried other diagnoses before treating the cause of record. The kidney ailment was easily verified by ultrasound, but the doctors wanted to check my gall bladder and non-existent appendix. One even accused me of being an alcoholic and tried to diagnose me with pancreatitis.