I have had numerous family doctors and specialists over the years. Most I’d recommend, others I would absolutely NOT! One such Doc was a family physician. None of my family goes to her anymore.
I had gained 32 pounds in a matter of days. While I am not a doctor, I know (1) this isn’t normal, (2) it was most likely water weight, and (3) I most likely had a heart of kidney issue. The conversation went like this:
“You’ve been eating too much.”
“Doc, I was just here two weeks ago! How could I eat enough to gain 32 pounds in two weeks?! And what about all these marks on my legs?” My legs had swelled so much, pores broke open all overt my lower legs and feet.
“Those are probably bug bites.”
“Don’t you think I’d know if I had 150 bug bites?!”
“So what do you want me to do? Do you want to go to the ER?”
“No, I want you to either diagnose what’s wrong or refer me to someone who can.”
She did an EKG, which was clean at that moment, and ordered a chest X-ray. She also, thank God, referred me to a cardiologist, whom I saw about 10 days later.
Within minutes of seeing the cardiologist, he admitted me to the Cardio ICU. Turns out I had congestive heart failure. He told me on a follow up visit, “I don’t know how the hell you walked in here!” I’m, still not sure what was the chicken and what was the egg, but I also had A-Fib. It was about a three-year battle through tests, meds, and procedures to fully recover.
On the plus side, I have an ophthalmologist who I would most definitely—and have—recommend for any retina issues. My family friend and optometrist noticed some diabetic retinopathy during an annual exam. He said, in no uncertain terms, “I wouldn’t go to anyone else but Daniel Miller with Cincinnati Eye Institute for this.” That’s all I needed to hear, even through Doc Miller’s office was an hour away.
My point? If you want to know if a Physician / Surgeon is good, ask other medical professionals. I don’t mean on a referral basis or just one person. Your family Dr. may send you to someone who is a friend, but sucks in his / her specialty. Or, they may send you to someone who will compensate them for the referral. Want a real, honest answer? Ask a nurse or two!
I hate arrogance. But I’d rather have a specialist who’s a jerk, if he / she is great at their specialty, than a kind one who’s a HODAD (in the medical field, that stands of Hands of Death and Destruction). Of course, if you can get both kind and skilled, that’s a plus. (Like Daniel Miller for me).