But that all changed about 4 days into my internal medicine rotation.
What I loved, and still love about internal medicine, is the complexity of managing the medical care of the adult patient. Rarely do you see a person with just diabetes. Often they have diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and a host of social and cultural problems to consider. Each therapeutic decision has to consider ALL of these factors. I loved the problem-solving aspect of the field.
I also loved what I call the “people” aspect of the field. I love people. I love talking to them, helping them, comforting them and educating them. I can do all of this as an internist.
Each day that I see patients, I know that I can have an impact, no matter how small, on their life. That means a lot to me.
As consumers of health care, the most important thing YOU can do is be educated. Understand your body, your health, your illness and how it affects your life. Ask questions, do your research – and most importantly – get support.
Here, I hope to help you understand your condition, answer questions about preventing herpes transmission, managing your symptoms, the scoop on suppression therapy (and how to manage any side effects of treatment) and help you understand the latest research in the area. I’d also love to help you cope with the emotional (and intimate) fallout that often occurs with the diagnosis of a chronic condition.
Drop me a line…I can’t wait to hear from you!
Charlotte Grayson, MD
Published On: July 28, 2006