Partnership for Health: Building Relationships between Women and Health Caregivers

Partnership for Health: Building Relationships between Women and Health Caregivers

Partnership for Health: Building Relationships between Women and Health Caregivers

Partnership for Health: Building Relationships between Women and Health Caregivers

Synopsis

For scholars, grad and upper-level undergrad in health comm, interpersonal comm, health professions (most likely nurses and allied h.p.), health psych & feminist psych, women's studies. TITLE IS NOT FINAL YET.

Excerpt

"Amanda" sat on the edge of the examining table. the wait for the doctor to return to the tiny room had taken far longer than she had expected. She glanced around the room for something, anything, to read, hoping for some distraction from her nervousness about the unknown. the room was white and sterile, no magazines, no newspapers, no television, no noise, only the occasional rustle of the paper on the table when she shifted her weight. the silence itself was maddening. It left her alone with the nagging questions about her situation echoing through her mind. What could be wrong, she wondered? What could take so much time? What could possibly require this doctor to need to consult with someone else, and what did that mean anyway? Can I, should I, trust this person who I have never met before and yet with whom I've entrusted so much? She yearned for the sound of footsteps near her door in the hospital corridor.

Eventually, the doctor did return. He entered the room with two other men in white coats who wore hospital identification badges indicating their status as doctors. They said nothing. Amanda watched as they pulled out the stirrups and placed her bare feet in them. the only words that they spoke to her were "lay down and scoot back now." One after the other, they examined her. During their poking and probing and looking between her legs, they spoke to each other, using terms that Amanda had never heard before. But then, it seemed that she really shouldn't be hearing them now. in a surreal way, she felt like an eavesdropper, an intruder, on a conversation that was about her yet was not meant at all to include her. After the third doctor finished, the first doctor said, "We're through now," and the three left the room.

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