Thursday, July 9, 2009

Envy of the Medical Specialist

I used to envy meteorologists because no matter how wrong their forecasts, people continue to listen to them. They have no qualms about predicting snowfall amounts "anywhere from three to nine inches." That's like following a recipe that tells you to bake for about an hour, give or take 30 minutes! Then, the day after said storm, in which about one inch fell, they'll just blame it on "the computer model."

But my weather-person envy ended when my wife went on the "find a doctor to cure this crushing, relentless fatigue and endless, sickening nausea" odyssey. Now, I envy medical specialists.

Fatigue and nausea are frustrating symptoms for a doctor to treat. There are no blood tests or radiographs that can quantify how tired a person is, or how close that person is from lurching toward the exam room's wastepaper bin and retching in it. No matter. If the primary care physician refers his patient to you to test for a disease, all you have to do is order a blood test. If it comes back negative, you're in the clear. If it comes back positive (which is unlikely), you can prescribe meds and reorder the blood tests until they come back negative. Or you can just report the outcome of the test and let the referring physician prescribe treatment. Either way, you don't actually have to relieve the patient's symptoms! Because when it comes to fatigue and nausea, it's your word against that of your blood test. And who's the doctor going to listen to?

Yes, I dream of a career in which I can cure blood tests.


Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

That's so frustrating!!! I am sorry you are not feeling well. Hope you get some answers soon.

rummuser said...

I apologize if it is out of place, but perhaps you can try alternate medicines like the Tibetan, Ayurvedic or Homepathic.

Square Peg Guy said...

Thanks, Petra. It's my wife that's suffering, which I think is harder on me.

I hope you're coping well with your issues of fatigue and time management.

Square Peg Guy said...

Hi rummuser:

No need to apologize at all! I understand your suggestions are founded on a sense of caring. Do you have any remedies in mind?

We tried acupressure and acupuncture, Reiki, and a tincture of bitter herbs, and that was just for the nausea. And regular meds, such as Zofram. As well, there are foods, vitamins and herbs that are supposed to fight inflammation, such as D3 & Quercitin. But the nausea is so severe that we're just focused at the moment on avoiding dehydration.

rummuser said...

What I had in mind is Ayurvedha. People who have been to Dr. Deepak Chopra's spa speak very highly of the results.

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