Fortunately many have the luxury of “firing” bad doctors if they want to. However, often some don’t have the advantage of picking and choosing from a large pool of these professionals. Because of where they live, insurance restrictions, or financial concerns, many patients can’t control who they have as their primary care physician.
Who have you chosen as your doctor and/or who are you sort of “stuck” with?
Dr. House –Poor bedside manner, an enigma but can seem to solve all of your medical mysteries.
Dr. Frankenstein–Scary and creepy. The hair on the back of your neck stands up when they place their telescope on you.
Doc Baker (From the television show Little House on the Prairie)–The sweetest, most kind and gentle soul. Listens to you and is willing to try any method of treatment.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde–You have no idea which person will walk through the office door to treat you-the good person or the bad person.
Dr. Oz-Full of knowledge, very helpful, but the information given to you can be a little overwhelming.
Dr. Evil-Mean, surly, you get the feeling you are a nuisance to them.
Dr. Van Helsing-Money hungry doc. Seems to get great pleasure “sucking” your wallet dry.
Dr. Cyclopes-Arrogant, condescending, dismissive. Makes you feel really small.
Dr. Who-Sweet but absent-minded, has to familiarize themselves with your patient chart at EVERY visit.
Over the years my autoimmune thyroid disease has brought forth a myriad of symptoms and throughout my struggle I have encountered many of the aforementioned MD personalities. But, I’ve discerned in the latter years of my disease, that even though I may encounter a difficult doctor, I still should conduct myself as the same kind of patient.
It is important for me to:
**Understand that an MD is a human being, not God.
**Understand we live in a society with more environmental pollutants and undesirable food choices than ever before.
**Understand that with a wonky thyroid, our bodies may not be behaving the way it should both physically and mentally, and getting it to functional may take time, patience and research on my part. It is after all, my body.
**Understand that most MD’s practice medicine and “medicine” in most countries is considered what your respective government has deemed “safe and effective” to treat a disorder or disease.
**Understand that many MD’s are restricted from prescribing a certain medication to a patient per their government or the insurance company.
**Understand that I know better than anyone on the planet if something is wrong with me.
**Understand that a joint collaboration or partnership with my MD is how the relationship should be considered – not parent and child, strangers, or adversaries.
**Understand that getting healthy via nutrition, exercise and closely monitoring vitamin and mineral intake can take a long time.
Happy Thanksgiving my fellow thyroidians
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Crazy Thyroid Lady