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Friday, November 22, 2013

LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest: Doctor-Patient Communication

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Our LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest has been delivered to your Inbox and is available online in our Archive: Digest November 22, 2013.   This week we discuss the importance and reality of doctor-patient communication regarding weight management. Check it out! 

I hope this message finds you well and excited about pursuing a healthier way of life with weight loss surgery. Thank you for taking time to join me here: I know your Inbox is as full as mine with many things asking for your time and attention. 
This Weekly Bulletin presents some interesting new research: There is a disconnect between physicians and patients when it comes to discussing obesity and weight management. Not surprised, are you? I think any of us sitting on the exam table feeling vulnerable in that tie-in-the-back dressing gown would prefer not to discuss our weight problem with the doctor. But research also shows that an honest non-judgmental dialog between doctor and patient goes a long way in our desire to take action to fight obesity. In fact, effective doctor-patient communication is central to building a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship, which is the heart and art of medicine. Our featured article, "Understanding and Resolving the Patient-Physician Disconnect" expounds on this belief.
In the left sidebar you will find brief quotes and inspiration from many experts on improving our health-care relationships. And don't miss our closing article, "Just show me you care" - Isn't that all we really want in our relationship with the doctor? 

Next week is Thanksgiving here in the United States. Between the feasting, the gatherings, the shopping, and the parades and football I hope to find time to reflect on the many blessings I've enjoyed this year. And I count my LivingAfterWLS friends and neighbors at the top of the list. Thank you for all you have given me. May you enjoy a blessed holiday rejoice with gratitude in your heart.  Please watch your Inbox the next few days for our special Cooking with Kaye Thanksgiving Recipes and a special edition 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin which will empower you to thrive this holiday season without guilt or weight gain! Yea!
In preparation for Thanksgiving last week was National Clean Your Refrigerator Day (An occasion started by Maytag so the legend goes.) Learn more about the "holiday" and get some great tips on refrigerator cleanliness and upkeep in the LivingAfterWLS Blog: Is your refrigerator giving you the stink eye?
I hope you find this digest useful in your ongoing efforts for improved health with weight loss surgery. Today is a brand new opportunity to make improvements to our health  and wellness.  You have the power to make this your healthiest year ever - Let's do it together! 


Online in our Archive: Digest November 22, 2013

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