Doctor, Doctor, Doctor

Posted: November 15, 2011 in Health, Life
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No. I’m not quoting the movie Spies Like Us—although that is a great movie. And I DID want you to think that’s what I was doing because I’m clever like that. However, this blog is really going to be about doctors—never would’ve guessed by the title, huh?

So here’s the deal. I was raised in a home that had more medical encyclopedias than people. So when we weren’t feeling well, mom walked to the shelf, grabbed an encyclopedia, and self-diagnosed us. It was like a much slower version of WebMD—but the results were always the same. I either had the stomach flu, or appendicitis. A headache, or an aneurysm.  A sore throat, or esophageal cancer. And don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about—we’ve ALL gone on WebMD before and gotten off of it thinking we’re dying.

So I guess my question is this—why the aversion to doctors? Today, if I’m sick, I go to the doctor—and lots of people don’t do that. I will admit that when I don’t feel well I’m a bit of a baby, and about 70% of the time when I go they tell me I have a virus and there’s nothing they can do—but I still go.

I know some people probably don’t have insurance—in which case I don’t blame you for not going. However, if that’s NOT your reasoning—then I don’t get it. And I REALLY don’t get why it’s so hard to get men to go. Are they scared? Frugal? Stubborn? Do they think they’re invincible? Maybe doctors just plain make them uncomfortable—although I don’t think they know what uncomfortable is unless they’ve ever put their feet up in stirrups—and I’m not talking about the stirrups that hold your feet when you’re on horse.

I think maybe we’re all a tiny bit scared to go to the doctor. We don’t want to hear bad things about ourselves. Thing is, there has to be a breaking point. Excruciating pain can be fixed and while I was scared to death when I had gall stones—it was either drag myself to the hospital, or risk being found curled up in the fetal position in the corner of my bedroom.

I know someone (who shall remain nameless) that has had a cold for weeks. If it were ME, I would’ve gone to the doctor by now—and while they probably would have just told me it was a cold, at least then I would’ve known. Now this person’s elbow has started to hurt (unrelated to the cold) and this person isn’t one to complain. However, the elbow hurts bad enough, that this person is making it known that it hurts—which is not this person’s style. Thankfully, due to my powers of persuasion (and perhaps the pain) this person is FINALLY going to the doctor. I’d tell you if this person were a male or a female, but something tells me you probably already know.

All I know is that your body has ways of telling you it’s hurt, or that it doesn’t feel good—and when it tells you that, you need to do something about it. You wouldn’t ignore one of your children if they didn’t feel well (at least I hope not)—so don’t ignore yourself when you don’t feel well.

Anyhow, that’s my two cents worth. If you don’t feel good, or if you hurt—go to the doctor. You’re out your copay if nothing’s wrong—big whoop. As for me—I currently have a headache which WebMD has led me to believe means I have meningitis. See you at the doctor’s office.

  1. wmarsau says:

    I am a man, but the reason I am hesitant to go to a doctor is not any of the reasons you listed (scared, frugal, stubborn, or think I’m invincible). The real reason I am hesitant to go Is because I am a doctor. I have extensive training in medicine and surgery and could tell you the physiology is for just about any illness I could ever imagine getting. Granted I am an animal doctor, but there is very little difference between animals and humans. I have a very good track record of knowing my body and being able to diagnose myself. When I have something that I am almost certain will have minimal benefit by going to a MD, I choose not to. I save myself the time and money because I don’t need to have my ego stroked by having the doctor tell me what I was already aware of. Don’t get me wrong. There are times when it is neccessary and that is when I do go. Examples would be some form of bacterial infection that would benefit from some strong antibiotics or maybe I just need a second opinion.

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