I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself. ~ Johnny Carson
I am constantly surprised to find otherwise smart people in my life who don’t have good doctors. I have two quick stories to tell to illustrate the point that you should work hard to find the best doctor you can afford.
Story 1: My mom felt poorly and went to her carefully researched doctor just to find that the doctor was on sabbatical. The “replacement” doctor checked mom out and determined that she had cancer. He scheduled some follow up appointment and mom went about informing her family and friends. The test provided nothing conclusive but mom’s regular doctor returned, looked at the test results and said mom had pneumonia. After a good dose of antibiotics mom was fine and is with us 10+ years later.
Story 2: A coworker and highly respected writer, manager, and friend experienced some kind of sinusitis for all the years I knew him. He missed work, was miserable, and constantly sniffling and clearing his throat. Kleenex was on him at all times. So he finally decided that he was going to have to quit, he couldn’t concentrate on work any more. I asked him if he had the best doctor he could find and he asked, “How the Hell would you know?” I told him story 1 (above) and a year later he came back as a contractor. He was cured, totally. He had a new lease on life and went back to school just because he wanted to. Turned out he had some polyps is his nose and a better doctor correctly diagnosed and corrected the problem.
My wife (the neo-natal nurse) is a bit of a genius. She goes through life questioning everything. When I got blepharitis it caused stinging eyes, tearing, and I couldn’t keep my eyes open for the pain. It would happen two or three times a week. This started in my mid-fifties. My eye doctor told me what it was and recommended that I take a Qtip and scrub under my eyelashes twice a day for the rest of my life. WTH!
Suzy did some research and found out that a common remedy for this is to take a flaxseed supplement once a day. Bam! I was fixed and maybe still have an attack or two a year instead of weekly. When I told the doctor about this cure, he said, “Oh yeah, I heard about that before.” Sigh … what a pathetic excuse for a doctor.
Do yourself a favor and research your doctor using online rating services, word of mouth, and advice from professionals. Maybe, just maybe, it could save your life.