Do you ever correct people about medical stuff? - page 8

by mappers

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I'm not talking about patient education, I'm just talking about general conversation. I hear people get things wrong medically all the time, but I rarely correct people. For example, a relative said the other day that she... Read More


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    Boy, way to hijack a thread. Now a thread about what do you do when you hear people say medical things that are technically wrong has turned into and us vs. them (you) cancer thread.

    In my original post, I said the man tells everyone....I should have said he states he has.... I could have worded it better I admit, because I don't think he tells every person he happens to meet about his cancer. However, you made a pretty large leap from he tells everyone to he brags to everyone he knows about his cancer. Jumping to conclusions and leaping to assumptions is not healthy exercise.
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    Quote from mappers
    I have a patient who also goes to my church. He tells everyone he has bladder cancer. He really has prostate cancer with mets to the bladder. This happens a lot with "bone" and "liver" cancer as well. I hear people say "so and so" had breast cancer and now they have "bone" cancer. Well, they most likely have bone mets, not bone cancer.
    i guess my main question would be, why does it bother you when folks misspeak?
    when i hear about someone having cancer, i don't get hung up on its semantics...
    rather, that they have ca and are fighting a horrific battle.

    also when i hear of those telling 'everyone' about their cancer, to me, it is a cry for support.
    as stated, people deal with their crises differently.
    some are private, some are extremely vocal.

    so yeah mappers, rather than wonder who tells others what, i'd be curious to know why it bothers some people when others are misinformed?

    someone having a "stomach flu" is pretty self-explanatory...regardless if it is a misnomer.
    same goes for any other ailment out there.
    if you get the gist of what they're trying to say, why sweat the small stuff?
    curious, that's all.

    leslie
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    Well, in the short run, it doesn't really matter, but when misinformation is out there, I think it only leads to more misinformation. If people stop getting the flu shot because they got it last year and had the stomach flu anyway, that's a problem.

    For my guy with cancer, his telling me that he had bladder cancer made me stop and question the treatment plan. I thought the treatment plan was for prostate CA and he tells me he has bladder CA. The treatment plan wasn't really what we normally do for bladder CA so I had to re-read patient hx to make sure I was doing the right thing. We were.

    Cancer is treated based on the primary cancer, so when patients start comparing their plans (and they do), I think it is important that they know what they have. So when I hear in casual conversation, that so-n-so has bone cancer and someone pipes in that their grandma had bone cancer and they had this type of treatment, they could be comparing apples and oranges. Do I question or correct them when it is a non-clinical, causal type setting? NO! It's rude and inappropriate, but I privately wonder how well they were educated about their conditions, by their providers. I then think about my practice and how well I'm educating my patients.
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    Have been trying to tell my Mother for years that going out without a coat on is only going to give me hypothermia, not pneumonia. I've also tried to tell her that not every head cold requires an antibiotic and that OTC cold meds only provide symptom relief..they don't "cure" a cold (so no Mom, I don't need to take it a few extra days just to make sure the cold is gone!).

    I love her to death...but some issues are just banging my head into a brick wall. I figure if I can't get my own Mother to understand it's probably best to just keep my mouth shut with the rest of the world.
    What about weather? Last week, the temps around here were lows in the teens, highs in the 20's. Today, the high is supposed to be close to 70 and next week will will be normal 30s - 40s. I've heard a lot of people say, "No wonder we are all sick!"
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    Quote from leslie :-D
    i guess my main question would be, why does it bother you when folks misspeak?when i hear about someone having cancer, i don't get hung up on its semantics...rather, that they have ca and are fighting a horrific battle.also when i hear of those telling 'everyone' about their cancer, to me, it is a cry for support.as stated, people deal with their crises differently.some are private, some are extremely vocal.so yeah mappers, rather than wonder who tells others what, i'd be curious to know why it bothers some people when others are misinformed?someone having a "stomach flu" is pretty self-explanatory...regardless if it is a misnomer.same goes for any other ailment out there.if you get the gist of what they're trying to say, why sweat the small stuff?curious, that's all. leslie
    Not always is the gist adequately conveyed if people are using the wrong terms for certain illnesses. Years ago, AIDS was called the "gay cancer," an offensive term for a disease that is not the same as actual cancer.
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    C'mon guys, lets get back to having fun!


    Prostrate really annoys me! Also, my grandpa thinks that every lab test requires fasting, and nobody will convince him otherwise! Haha
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    C'mon guys, lets get back to having fun!


    Prostrate really annoys me! Also, my grandpa thinks that every lab test requires fasting, and nobody will convince him otherwise! Haha
    A family member thinks they will starve to death if they have to fast for a blood test first thing in the morning. Of course, I have to point out that they fast every night unless they get up to eat something and the blood test was scheduled for about the time they ate breakfast.

    Also, my grandmother always complained about how much blood the lab tech would take - not realizing it is so very small.

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    closing for staff review due to going off topic
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    OK I have moved several posts from view due to taking this thread off topic. Can I please request that we try and stay to topic and thanks everyone for posting
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    Quote from mappers
    What about weather? Last week, the temps around here were lows in the teens, highs in the 20's. Today, the high is supposed to be close to 70 and next week will will be normal 30s - 40s. I've heard a lot of people say, "No wonder we are all sick!"

    LOL...we must be neighbors because I have the same weather pattern (loving the 60+ degrees today). Unfortunately for me, I have a horrible head cold which my Mother couldn't help but tell me today was due to the weather and the fact that I didn't have a coat on.


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