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You May Be Your Own Best Doctor

Marlene Geiser

Posted on April 24, 2018 12:04

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Yesterday was one of those days when I discovered something about myself. If there is someone out there who may suffer from this problem, I felt the need to share it.

I awoke yesterday feeling quite ill. The telephone appeared to be the only place to go where I could find some answers as to what was going on with me.

After far too many telephone conversations, I came to a conclusion. What I had been given were quite a few ideas, but in the final analysis, the ultimate decision was up to me to make. Perhaps I have known this all along, but foolishly hoped that somewhere was the magical individual who was capable of delivering the desired answer to what was ailing me. I spent the day trying every way I knew to make my discomfort go away, and inevitably the truth was what set me free.

If you ask a hundred people the same question, you will probably get about the same number of solutions. So rather than looking for the impossible, it is more realistic trying to remember what you did at other times to solve similar issues, and make your own determination as to how you should handle this one.

After having lived over eighty years, one has probably been confronted with a multitude of seemingly unanswerable physical problems. At those times, what choices did they make? If one's memory is still good, they may be able to recognize that things could have taken place before, and in so doing, find the way to a solution.

Naturally, it would seem reasonable to expect that a doctor, nurse of pharmacist has more general medical knowledge, thus may better understand what is going on. However, if one throws handfuls of questions in their direction, all they can do is to respond to them. Only I am truly aware of what is most bothersome, and tend to give each person with whom I speak the problem of the moment. No single individual but myself has experienced the exact panoply of discomforts I am facing. 

The telephone rang and it was yet another nurse calling to provide an answer to a question I had asked three days earlier. Later on, there was another one trying to respond to a call made yesterday. 

As all these calls came in, I was busily engaged in trying to find a resolution to the major problems of the day, which were added to the list of issues I was attempting to resolve. Now I was left with more ideas than anyone can handle, and felt so confused that I had to wonder if things weren't better when awaking, looking for an answer to what was bothering me then.

The discovery that emerged from all of this madness is that although all of my respondents meant well and sincerely wanted to help, all that was accomplished was to leave me even more confused and still struggling to find an answer. 

I am not suggesting that physicians, pharmacists and nurses aren't helpful, but what I realized after thinking about it was that we often can be our own best doctors when needed.

Marlene Geiser

Posted on April 24, 2018 12:04

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