TRUTHFUL TUESDAY 5-3-2022
This is my answer for Truthful Tuesday’s Question.
Is it compassionate for medical professionals to keep people on tenterhooks waiting for results, particularly if the diagnosis in question could be really bad news; but in general too?
I was always of the opinion the longer you waited for results, meant that, in most cases the results were good. My niece, when she was sixteen, was feeling run down. She was going through her GCSE’s at the time, and we thought it was because she was tired from that. She was always the sort of person who was cold, even in the middle of summer. We always joked she would bring her duvet anywhere with her. She had the blood test in the morning, and was rushed to the hospital in the afternoon and put on dialysis. She was born with only one functioning kidney, and the other one was failing. Her mum was a match, and she now has a child of her own.
Yes, it would be good to get the results sooner, but I would be to the detriment of those who needed their results quickly, then I would prefer them to get the news, so they can get treatment quicker.
Wouldn’t it be kinder to just shut up and order the tests and whatever to find out a firm answer before stressing out the patient? Better something you know than you don’t. Any blood test feels weird anyway. You know something is wrong, and you can imagine all sorts – especially with things like Cancer. Your mind always goes to the worst scenario anyway. When you can go on the internet, type in your symptoms and you are faced with a long, long list of what could be wrong with you. I would much prefer what I am up against than not know what I’m being tested for