FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ A Dog Day / Editorial List
I owe my veterinarian an apology (or rather,
Morrisí vet). This is the same family-run
veterinarian clinic that I have been taking my pets
to since I was 11 years old. How this relates to
family caregiving is coming up.
Late last year (two weeks ago), I took Morris in
to see his doctor and started to run through an
actual list of things I thought needed to be checked
out. The questions literally ranged from head to
tail. As the vet was running around in response to
my requests to check this and that, I realize now
that it seemed like the scene out of the Lucy Show
where she and Ethel were trying to keep up with a
fast moving conveyor belt in a chocolate factory.
I didnít notice at the time, but I was breaking
one of the cardinal
rules of fearless caregiving: treat the members
of your professional care team as equals. As I do
with my own or my loved oneís doctor visits: before
I make the appointment, I call and talk to the staff
about my questions. This gives them the chance to
see if they were best answered by the doctor, or at
least to give him a heads up about what concerns I
have before the appointment. If I had done so in
this case, I could have pared down my requests to
the most important points, so there would have been
more time for conversation and consultation.
So the next time I go to any medical
professionals office, you dog-gone better
bet that I will be more prepared. Hey, at least I
tried to bring a funny pet saying into the article.
It didnít work, but I guess it wasnít that much of a
cat-astrophy. Gotta go, I was just told to
stop horsing around.