Posted by Big John on December 16, 2006
I can remember the time when you visited your doctor and he examined you almost from head to toe.
He looked at your tongue … told you to say .. Argh ! … felt your pulse … stuck his stethoscope on your chest … examined your finger nails … took your temperature … and … generally poked you about before making his diagnosis.
Today when you visit your GP, he shakes your hand … offers you a seat … and … waits for you to tell him what you have diagnosed for yourself after tracking down your symptoms on the ‘web’. He then hands you a prescription, suggests some tests or refers you to a hospital.
A few weeks ago my doctor decided to change the medication that I was taking to control my hypertension, as it had been discovered that the drug I was on could cause serious problems. He prescribed a couple of alternatives which proved to be ineffective.
A member of my family gave me the name of a drug which had successfully reduced his own blood pressure; so armed with this information and my own record of my increased blood pressure readings, I trotted off down to the medical centre.
I showed my records to the doctor and asked him his opinion of the drug which had been recommended to me.
“Ah ! It’s funny that you should mention that” said the doc. “I was just about to prescribe that for you”.
Umm ! I wonder ? … Well perhaps he was.
Today, amongst other things, I can take my own blood pressure and temperature … I can keep my own medical records … I can source my own medication … I can identify my own symptoms … I can use various test kits from the pharmacy … and … I can examine most of my body for age related problems etc. … but there is one area that I can’t ‘keep an eye on’ for myself, for unless you are a contortionist, it is impossible …
……… to be your own proctologist. ;-)