Doctor visits are awful! That’s not to say doctors are horrible, but the visit usually is. My daughter took her two-year-old son for his “well baby check up,” and had to have the required lead poisoning blood test. The little guy watched the needle being injected in his arm and squirmed and even whined at the pain.
His big sister, however, was not so settled. Her tears started on his behalf the second the needle was injected in his arm. The crying intensified into sobs as she waited for the procedure to be finished. And even after the ordeal was over, she still sniffed in sympathy for her baby brother.
It’s been said, “Don’t go to a doctor for anything. As soon as they get you in there, they find all kinds of stuff wrong with you, you never imagined. They get you hooked on medications and never let you get off!”
I admit, I’m not one to visit a doctor without kicking and screaming! Whoever made the statement about “not going to a doctor,” may not be far from the mark. It does seem every time I go in for one thing, it is determined, follow up visits will be required and invariably I end up on medication! Is it for my own good? Probably. But that doesn’t mean I like it! And it seems like every time I go on a medication, it may “fix” the issue for which it was prescribed, but another “issue” develops from side effects of the medication!
I will give credit where credit is due. Science has come a very long way and prominent strides made in cancer research, diabetes, genetics, immunology, surgery techniques, arthritis and in a host of other areas. We need to know more, as diseases seem to have a way of mutating and confusing even the best scientists. It seems like every time we get a handle on one kind of disease, another crops up, bigger and “badder” than the one it grew from!
I am grateful for hospitals like St. Jude’s, John’s Hopkins, Shriner’s and others who provide the means to deal with unthinkable circumstances in the lives of those we love. I have deep respect for the doctors and researchers who study and are dedicated to the elimination of the diseases that seem to have infiltrated our world.
I challenge you to consider the effort, time and dedication the doctor, surgeon, dentist, general practitioner, researcher, or technician, you see in a hospital or doctor’s office. You may not like the doctor visit any more than I, but they’ve paid their dues and want only to help us. Perhaps as you take your next dose of meds, you can at least be thankful there are those who really do care about your health!