Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My perspective: They are the good doctors

As a rule of thumb, most doctors lack a lot in the bedside-manners department when it comes to dealing with patients who are blind and visually impaired. I can tell you that over the years I have met many more who fall into this category as opposed to those who do not.

However, I am here today to highlight two wonderful doctors who are shining examples when it comes to the good ones who exemplify above and beyond bedside manners.

First:  Doctor Danielle Manis, my family Doctor since 2006.  This wonderful lady Doctor really knows how to deal with patients who are blind and visually impaired.  She has a very gentle demeanor.  She is ever ready to explain things to me.  She tells me exactly what she wishes me to know and before handing over prescriptions and requisite forms to me, she is very attentive to explain them to me.

Whenever she calls me she always says, "It's Dani Manis calling." She always escorts me from her office to the reception area when we are finished and she is always sure to say hi to whoever is with me. 

Then there is Doctor Everton Gooden, a truly wonderful ENT specialist who I met in October 2015.  From the word go I knew that this very soft-spoken doctor would be golden and I was right. 

From his office to the operating room, and then to the recovery room, Doctor Gooden has always been very sure to explain things to me.  He is very thorough at all times, telling me exactly what he is going to do and how he is going to do it. 

After my surgery in April 2016, there he was in the recovery room checking up on me and explaining things to me.  Then when I went to his office to have the packing removed a week later, there he was again explaining every step to me as he went.

These are the good doctors.  They exhibit the finest of bedside manners and as someone who is visually impaired I sure appreciate it all the way.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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1 comment:

  1. Medical skill is the result of education and training. Bedside manner is the result of social training that usually takes place long before entering medical school.