There are some people in your life who you have to trust: your parents, your spouse, your best friend, and your doctor. Your relationship with your family doctor is important for your well being and sanity so when you find a good family doctor who you trust, stick with him.
People go to doctors to ease their pain and reassure them in many cases of paranoia, especially when it comes to mothers and their children. It is also important when the doctor is supposed to be experienced in their field and can work wonders; the person’s belief in the doctor helps with the cure.
A while ago, I was referred to a fertility specialist who was supposed to find out what was the reason behind our delayed pregnancy. I started answering her probing questions and believed in her ability to pinpoint if there are any medical issues. I would go to my appointments, wait in the overflowing waiting area for a long time (which did give me some time to read and extra belief in her ability to cure), and go in for a few tests. After finding out there was no medical issues with me or my husband, I didn’t know what to do. This was when “trust” came into play.
Because of Web MD and google, people identify their symptoms and research ailments before going to a doctor. I think it’s good to have knowledge but it’s also important to keep in mind that we are not capable of diagnosing things for certain.
One day, I walk into my appointment wondering what her game plan is and hoping that I would be convinced. She was sitting behind her table, looked at my file, and reassured me one more time that there was nothing physically wrong with us as a couple. So she states that she will start me on some Clomid pills (clomiphene) is a non-steroidal fertility medicine. It causes the pituitary gland to release hormones needed to stimulate ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary). (wikipedia).
It seemed like a game plan, at least.
She then reached for a photocopied prescription page and handed it over to me.
She didn’t even bother to write my name on it! I was shocked!! Apparently, she was using a “one-size-fits-all” approach for all her patients that she came to a point where she decided a photocopied prescription would save her time.
Did I go for it? No. Did I ever go back? Definitely not. Did other people benefit from her photocopied prescription? Probably, but I didn’t want to take a risk.
The life lesson I learned: when your doctor hands you a photocopied prescription, run. Run far away and don’t look back. Trust your parents, trust your spouse, trust your best friend, and trust your doctor.
Just make sure you don’t forget to trust yourself first.