Thursday, March 22, 2012

CAN YOU TRUST YOUR DOCTOR?


Does your doc tell you the truth? The whole truth?

Possibly not, according to a recent survey in Health Affairs of nearly 1,900 physicians around the country.

If you have a fatal illness would your Doc tell you? I think it depends on your relationship to the Doc. Is he like a parent? An authority? A teacher? Does your doc know the real you? If Doc thinks you'll kill yourself, he may suggest tests and make you aware that you need to be concerned. How you react, what questions you ask will tell him what should be revealed to you.

Why was the survey made on whether or not doctors tell the truth to their patients? Probably to promote something. I think opinions are sought and quoted to prove a point for someone who wants to substantiate that their conviction or their product is best, the rightest.

For me this is talk in the air. Like a cloud, it'll fade into another cloud, or disappear.

The real question is, do you have a good doc, the right doc, or are you your own doc? If you are, can you trust you?

I am my own doc. I go to the professional doc for tests I am not able to take on my own, or prescriptions that need to be renewed.

The guy who needs to know everything about what 's going on inside your body, head to toe, what feels okay, what feels odd is YOU. Sure, you can pay a doc to do the bookkeeping, but it's better if YOU remember, (not necessarily the dates or numbers) -- better if YOU retain what hurt, what healed, what tests were made, what they showed, what doesn't feel right now -- what medications, what advice worked, or didn't work.

It's a lot to remember, but you remember because it's YOU. If you don't remember some of the details, just mention it. And your doc will ask questions. The two of you can construct the "case" history.

You are the best, the very best keeper of your own history. Hey, you know what size shoes, belt, dress, pants, suit, jacket, underwear, (if you're female) glove size, hat size, and bra.

Accidents, injuries, small thing that happened to you -- that stomach ache, migraines, bathroom problems, fever, infection -- they're bumps, and bruises on the plant (I think of myself as a plant) that later shows signs of decay, and later on, more decay.

All those events in your life, I think, are areas of weakness. If you watch over them, you may be able to prolong your life. I've got to say, right here and now, I think old injuries, ailments, aches and pains are a preview of coming attractions. They can tell you how your life is going to end.

Tell the truth to yourself.

“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” -- Oscar Wilde

“I lie to myself all the time, but I never believe me.” -- S.E. Hinton, author of young adult book,"The Outsiders"

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” -- Gloria Steinem

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