Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Todays Doctors Appointment
I totally forgot that I had a doctors (GI) appointment until yesterday when I got a reminder phone call. I thought to myself really why do I have to go see this doctor as what is he going to tell me? what does he have to offer me? Then I started to think maybe I should go tell him my story of how I regained my health back and that maybe he would tell other patients about my sucess.......Boy was I wrong!!!!
I got to the office and he did not really remember me and he spent like 10 minutes reading my file to remember what the scoop was with me. He then asked me questions about my symptoms etc like did I have blood or mucus in my stool? how many BM's per day etc. I answered his questions and told him I was doing awesome.
He then asked me since I wasn't taking any drugs what was I doing to stay healthy etc? So I told him all the stuff I was doing after I was finished he told me that although I may not feel symptoms it was very evident from my previous colonscopy, mri, etc that I had active crohn's disease and that I should consider taking medication and his 1st recommendation would be Immuran..........Are you kidding me is what I am thinking in my head. After telling him my story and telling him how awesome I was doing he still suggested medication like WTF?
I was a little frustrated with his response but I honestly was not expecting anything different. I asked him if he would ever tell any of his other patients about me and the stuff I have done to get healthy and he said NO. I then proceeded to ask him if he was religous. He was offended by this comment and believed it had no relevance to the situation at all, and perhaps he may have been right. I then told him let say he was religous (I asked him that if he was to die and he was speaking with God could he honestly say that he did as much possible to help his patients regain their health and overcome their health) Needless to say I did not get much of an answer. Although I do get frustrated with the doctors and the medical system I know they are just acting within the scope of their position. Even like my doctor said today I am not educated on alternative treatments so I can't refer people to these methods. He stated if his patients wanted to seek out a NP doctors opinion they would be welcome to, he sounded honest on this note.
I guess the sad truth our system is set up in such a way that almost every person will goto their doctor 1st. They are not willing to seek alternative methods until their disease is out of control when really the order should be reversed. This also really enforced the fact that we really have to get the word out there on all alternative treatments that may help a person regain their life from an IBD.
With all this said I don't think placing blame will get us anywhere. It is the solution we must focus on.............