I love interconnectedness! A lot of people, working separately, created a healing environment that gives me a new and wonderful way of offering help to women who call me for psychotherapy.
Today I heard Linda Schack, MD. Medical Director at Torrance Memorial Medical Stabilization Program speak knowledgeably about the medical ramifications of anorexia nervosa and how most M.D.'s don't know about eating disorders.
Then I had a telephone consultation with a young woman eager for recovery who hadn't had a medical check up in seven years.
I agreed to work with her on the condition that she get a medical check up and was cleared for private work, i.e. she was not at medical risk and did not need a hospital.
Knowing that many M.D.'s are unfamiliar with eating disorders I told her that she needed to do some research to find a recommended doctor AND request a potassium check and a bone density scan for a base line AND tell him or or that she was dealing with an eating disorder.
Here's the great new part. What I also could say as we talked about getting a doctor who could give her the best evaluation, is that an online CEU granting course for M.D.'s about eating disorders is available. I gave her the url on my site: http://bit.ly/HWAgOx
She can watch the course herself and learn what she wants her doctor to know about eating disorders. And she can give the url to her doctor so he or she can take the course.
I am so happy about how all these different factors come together to empower this young woman. She feels good about discovering how to create a solid path to self care. I'll hear from her after she gets her check up -- a check up that is meaningful to a woman with an eating disorder. :) :) :)
If you are meeting with a new physician or have an established relationship with a physician you like, by all means recommend the online class to him or her. And watch it yourself. You will be able to have a more meaningful conversation with your physician through this shared information.