Here are the questions:
Is it compassionate for medical professionals to keep people on tenterhooks waiting for results, particularly if the diagnosis in question could be really bad news, but in general too?
Wouldn’t it be kinder to just shut up and order the tests and whatever to find out a firm answer before stressing out the patient? In your honest opinion, please.
Here is my answer:
I am one of those people that would rather leave it to the unknown until something is final. For the longest time, I avoided seeing any doctor because of my family history. I didn’t want the worry put into my mind that I could be very sick, and then the results come back as normal, which meant I stressed myself out for nothing. Oddly, I would rather get a dreadful call asking me to come in after the tests are run.
When it comes to compassion by the medical professionals, I think they feel they are doing the right thing by hinting that things could turn out bad, but I sometimes think it is to protect themselves more than out of compassion.
In contrast, I know that sometimes we have to be told what they are going to test for in order to get us to agree to the test, which will keep us lingering there until the results come back anyway.
It just seems like either way, if a test is ordered, there is a possibility that it will come back abnormal or bad, so the worry is unavoidable.