She was a new dermatology client. I had been working as her consultant for about a month when I received a phone call from her. Usually affable, she was anything but as she launched into her tirade.
“Why are you adding a comment to your diagnoses to re-excise my atypical moles?”
It was a frequently asked question and I confidently answered her. “It is only a recommendation. Studies have shown there is a greater risk of these lesions progressing to melanoma. If you read my comment…”
She cut me off. “Don’t tell me what to do! I’m a board certified dermatologist! I know what to do!”
I politely agreed to her demand but added, “I’m not questioning your professional expertise, I’m simply mentioning the current guidelines for management of these lesions. It is up to you to decide how you want to manage your patient.”
“Good! Then don’t mention it.”
“I won’t, no problem.” I ended the disturbing call. Perturbed, I immediately called another dermatologist, one for whom I had been her consultant for over ten years. “Hi Sally, “ I began. “Quick question. When I give treatment recommendations for atypical moles in my reports to you, does this upset you?”
“No, in fact, our group likes that you do that! Why are you asking?”
I then recounted the unpleasant encounter I had with the other dermatologist. After listening, she sighed and said, “Well, as far as our group is concerned, the more recommendations you give us, the better.”
I added this comment with the best of intentions. While the majority of my clients appreciated the recommendations, clearly this was not a unanimously held opinion.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When it comes to my spiritual walk with God, I welcome any guidance that my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, can give me. When I am confused and indecisive, when I encounter a situation I have not previously experienced, instead of feelings of insecurity, God fills me with joy and peace when I allow Him to guide me by His Holy Spirit.
“Lord Jesus, please tell me what to do!”
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.