My Rheumetologist has always been very kind to me and even though he did make mistakes, he owned up to them. He has told me from the beginning that I'm intelligent, and has understood when I didn't take exactly the dose he asked. He knows I research and make decisions based on that and how I feel. Even though he did have a tendency to speak too much (as most doctors do) and know too much (they always think they know everything), I still got a general feeling that not only was he probably the best Rheumy I could find in my city, but also that he respected me and payed attention. Knowing that he was retiring soon, I was always a little saddened to that realization that my good doctor would be replaced. On the other hand, I was also eager to find out what my new doctor would be like. I knew my Rheumy (from what the nurses told me) taught classes two nights a week at UCLA and would be hand picking his replacement. I assumed his replacement would be a man and I just found out, it's a woman! I've been whining lately that all my doctors are women, including my gynecologist, but they're part of a medical group so it's easier than waiting for referrals and traveling far. So I'm thrilled to hear that my old Rheumy picked a young woman to replace him. Now I know that when I thought he respected me, he really does respect women.
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