Do you access health care like a one-off transaction?
This is largely how medicine is delivered in Canada.
Rather than a plan laid out over time to help you realize your goals and ultimately deliver the transformation you’re hoping for, we tend to see our doctors or health practitioners when things have gotten unbearable or we need a “quick tune up”.
This week’s blog is inspired by some of my long term patients that I’ve seen over the past couple weeks. I notice such shifts in patients whom I’ve been seeing for years and it is so cool to witness the transformation that comes from committed, sustainable steps in the right direction.
Sometimes I’m like, “BUT DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN X, Y, Z?!”
Common patient responses:
This is what I mean by long term patient care:
This is in contrast to:
I hope this doesn’t sound judgy as that is NOT my intention at all. My natural inclination is probably the crisis-mode patient myself 😬😅.
From my experience, I’ve just come to see that the best (most effective) and enjoyable way to work with patients is in a long-term relationship. (I love & appreciate my OG patients so hard).
Kind of like your family physician, but in the “natural” health realm.
After all, the doctor-patient relationship is SO important. TRUST in your practitioner is the foundation of all medicine. And that takes time, just like any relationship.
So if you’re like me and tend to get “too busy” to prioritise your health like you should, maybe it’s time to try another approach. (personally I don’t allow myself to leave a clinic/appointment without re-booking something because I know myself).
So, whoever it is you’ve been putting off seeing (or maybe doing – like your PAP, that blood work req your MD gave you 6 months ago, or those pesky poop tests they send out in the mail every year after age 50), this is your reminder, to book or go do the thing!
- Dr. Willow
I help women achieve optimal digestive and hormonal wellness through a root cause, individualized approach to medicine that utilizes functional lab testing, diet and lifestyle modification, nutritional and herbal medicine, and acupuncture to re-establish lasting health.
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