I usually tell them up front, so they don't go into all the mumbo jumbo or explain what they are talking about like I am about 3 years old.....
It saves me time and frustration, and sometimes I even catch them in a mistake or trying to tell a fib to the kids....."Now, honey, this won't hurt a bit..."
I tell the kid, this will hurt like hell if you move.......so sit still. Or, Don't look, it hurts more if you look.
Tell them the truth, and the kids are fine.
It is nice to be able to understand the Doc when he talks, instead of having to ask for interpretation.
Ma always takes me with her, or has the Doc call me first, cause she never knows what they are telling her, or if it is the truth. Besides, I know her history, and can tell them if something is going to work or not.....Had a horrendus experience with her once because of that.
Ma has a weird reaction to general anesthesia. She doesn't wake up for hours and hours if they give her more than a newborn would need.
I told the Doc that, he INSISTED that, "This is a new kind of general anesthetic, and that ISN'T going to happen with it...."
Well, after 6 hours, I was pissed.....Got the Doc on the phone, and told him HE could come down here and sit with her while I went to eat supper and etc......He said, "She ISN'T awake YET????"
Shocked the bejeebers outa him, and he came right down and wanted to start all kinds of extraneous BS to get her out of it. I just said, "You are an IDIOT. If you had LISTENED to ME, this wouldn't have happened. I will stay with her and monitor her, and if I need something, I will get/do it myself." I didn't let him touch her.
18 hours later, she finally woke up, puking her guts out. She stayed out of it for the most part for about 3 days......Doc ended up sitting with me for the majority of the time, but I wouldn't let him touch her again.....And wouldn't have, if she would have crashed. I would have coded her myself.
Dam**d Know it all......
We switched family physicians shortly after that, and this new MD calls me first and asks me about her history when I see him. He knows I don't fool around when it comes to Ma.
I always tell em.