I think one of the biggest cop-outs I’ve heard from doctors over the years is “I don’t have time for your case.”.
Well actually, you do. Unless you’re retiring and not seeing patients anymore.
What doctors mean when they say that is,
“I don’t know how to solve your problem”,
or probably more accurately,
“I’m not comfortable with a case I don’t entirely understand.”
Well, be honest about it. Just say it.
Of course you have time for my case…you just don’t want to. It’s ok to be scared. But you don’t get any character points for it.
Especially considering I’m only alive today because of the rare doctors who are willing to take active ‘gut instinct’ shots, sometimes almost entirely in the dark, to keep me alive.
Have some of these shots hurt me? Probably. But there’s no point in keeping track of those. You’re always going to miss once or twice when shooting at a new target.
Especially one that didn’t come with a manual.
My doctors are like cowboys on the western front…a general idea of the terrain, but they have to be open and alert because they’re not really sure what to expect next.
A quality inherent in any good physician.
And I really need more of them. More doctors like this.
The souls who can harness their modern medical knowledge and combine it with old fashioned listening to patients talk about their bodies…the ramblings of pain.
Unfortunately, too many are stuck looking at print outs of reports which everyone knows are faulty. Whoever coined ‘evidence based medicine’ for tests that have been proven to be faulty, needs to be…reevaluated.
I wish they were more thinkers in medicine…
But I’m grateful beyond words for the ones I have now.