A cautionary tale about speaking up.
Today I had a pulmonary function test. The referral said specifically to test for before and after ventolin. But what nearly happened?
After the tech finished the before ventolin tests, she tells me: you can go now.
Me: You aren't going to do an ""after"" test?
Tech: No need. You are 100% on everything. Ventolin won't make a difference.
Me: But the doctor ordered both (me pointing to referral) - he did that because (a) I'm a singer (b) because I'm still symptomatic even when I'm supposedly 100
Tech: Oh. Sure we can do the ventolin
... gives me ventolin and redoes test ...
Tech: (surprised) there really is a difference.
Note: Everything didn't just increase a little - the various measures increased a lot - ranging from 9% to 127%. Apparently, ventolin does make a difference.
I almost didn't speak up because ""hey, she's the tech. She knows what she is doing"", but I'm glad I did .
So the moral of the story: don't just go with the flow and assume what the tech is doing is right even when it doesn't match what the doctor ordered. Speak up.