(04-17-2012 02:19 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: ....That's the intense difference between this site and others. We encourage taking control over our own health care while at the same time, encouraging common sense.
Does anyone else wonder why it is the medical profession, broadly speaking, which is so opposed to us, the great unwashed, knowing what they are doing? Or what we need? No other profession or business has the public feeling in such great awe of their work. Is anyone else reminded of Toto pulling the curtain back on the Great and Wonderful Oz?
While the medical techs and related providers (some of whom obviously post or write to this forum) lack the knowledge, education and training of medical doctors, it seems that because of that very fact and their own limitations, they worship the doctor figure as a diety, and stand spellbound at the altar of Medicine. And they consequently appear to believe that ONLY a doctor (frequently their "own") has the great knowledge and training necessary to diagnose a disease, course of action, anything - even a hang-nail. You, having a hang-nail and a pair of scissors, are FOOLISH and IGNORANT if you even THINK about, much less CHOOSE, to remove the offending part. After all, you could CUT YOURSELF, FAIL to STERILIZE your equipment and thereby cause an INFECTION, not properly put on the necessary BAND-AID (as all medical treatments require at least a band-aid), and most importantly, FAIL TO DETERMINE THE POSSIBLE FUTURE EFFECTS OF YOUR ACTIONS. These are what I deem "the True Believers".
I acknowledge that there are also many ignorant people, all filled with wondrous self-interest, and seemingly incapable of doing more than putting on their clothes while simulataneously trying to figure out how to get money from others - for an unrelated example, see Congress. :grin: Many of these, even some knowledgeable and caring ones not fitting that description, seem to find their way into the medical periphery, where they expound on the wonders of medicine as purchased/rented/used/consumed through their store/company/spa/doctor. Once again, the curtain needs to be pulled back and the public must recognize the inherent self-interest and actual lack of knowledge of what they espouse.
The passion which so many of these individuals profess to have is actually not about your well-being, but about theirs - the possible loss of income as well as their self-conceived "standing" with their peers, should you find out that you can pull the levers as well as they - or their doctor. And for the "True Believers", their motivation to inform you of your ignorance takes on the same passion as those of a religious zealot. The "Doctor" simply supplants God.
I recognize not all fall into the categories I have described - but unfortunately, too many do. And I have not even begun my tirade with respect to the doctors who also feel the god-complex, and/or those who seem to feel that patients are simply entities with which they have to unfortunately deal.
Believe or not, two of my best friends are board certified specialist doctors-but they are real human beings not medico-robots or an occasional gift-dispensing diety-who fully understand, recognize the need for, and welcome patient participation where possible, for whom the phrase "I don't know" is not an epithet never to be uttered,
and who, instead of describing something in medical terms as an "idiopathic so-and-so", instead tell you it is something unknown to medicine. (if unsure of term, see here
). In other words, people who know they don't know it all, who are fully qualified to find out the initially unknown information where humanly possible, and who don't believe their patients are merely mindless sources of money. People whom I can and do respect. People smart, capable and considerate enough who can and do spend the time to explain what you want to know in terms you can understand. And for these types of physicians, I do say "Thank God!"
Thus endeth today's tirade regarding the idiots who believe they know better than you, who choose to enter your world to let you know how ignorant you are, and who may actually believe they are qualified to give the advice they do. Amen!
To paraphrase from the song "Desert Pete" by the Kingston Trio, many years ago, "I thank the Lord, I thank SS, and I thank this forum's participants".