I had a patient last week who came in with facial swelling. It’s not a super common chief complaint in primary care, honestly, and neither were her exact symptoms or presentation.
The whole situation brought me back to my new NP roots —
When I first talked to this patient, I had no idea what to do!
That feeling used to be 👏 just 👏 so 👏 uncomfortable.
But one of the benefits to accumulating years of practice is that I’m so much more comfortable with not knowing the answer off the top of my head. I’ve learned how to navigate NOT knowing.
I’ve built a system that helps me figure out where to go when I don’t have the answers.
Instead of feeling stressed, panicked, or inadequate, I can be curious, intrigued, EXCITED to find the answer for my patient —
I want this for you, too.
There is ALWAYS something new to learn in medicine, every day.
(That’s what’s so fun about it!!)
But let’s get to the good stuff.
What makes this particular case study useful is that it provides a PERFECT opportunity to walk through healthcare problem solving together. We talk about facial swelling, but we also look at:
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