A couple of days ago, I had the humbling experience of supporting the Planned Parenthood patient services staff for GYT day (Get Yourself Tested – free Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV testing). Without violating the confidentiality of our patients, I want to share a story with you – a story that illustrates that Planned Parenthood is here for you … no matter what.
During this crazy GYT day, we also saw many of our regular GYN patients. One of them reported a host of symptoms that alarmed the physician’s assistant. Immediately, diagnostic tests were ordered and performed. On the spot, her issue (a non-reproductive system issue) was discovered. The PA educated her, consoled her, and sent her straight to the hospital. As you would suspect, the patient was overwhelmed. She was confronted by a major health issue but at least she had an explanation for the symptoms that had been nagging her for too long. Because her concerns were taken seriously by a highly-trained and compassionate team of health care providers, she will soon have her health and her life back to normal.
You see? Planned Parenthood is a lot more than place where you get your pap smear. Or breast exam. Or vasectomy. Planned Parenthood is a trusted provider of basic health care, too. And even on our busiest days, we will be here for a patient in need.