|Episode 129: Are All Vixens Nice
||[Jun. 1st, 2013|04:06 pm]
The conversation between Christine and Dr. Reinhart in this episode was inspired by a conversation I had with my own doctor when I was looking into alternative treatments for sleep apnea, being as I had already proven to my own satisfaction that I could not tolerate the standard treatment.
Any alternate treatment I mentioned, the doctor was unfamiliar with it. I offered him web sites where he could read up on them, but he was not interested. And I asked if he read medical journals and such to keep up on the latest treatments and medical advances in his spare time. He was adamant that he did not, as if the very suggestion was repugnant.
And some people wonder why I have so little faith in doctors. I’m probably alive today because of my willingness to walk out on doctors when I know they’re wrong or just not willing to do what’s necessary to fully understand my condition.
Likewise, Andy’s experience in this episode is also based on something that actually happened during my early days in Second Life. In fact, everything that happens to Andy is based on things I actually experienced.
It was long enough ago that I don’t remember the full names of anyone from back then. But I believe the guy’s name was Darius at a place called The Shelter. He made a fun pastime out of preying on newbies. So when I reversed the genders for this story I called the character he inspired “Daria.”
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Good luck dealing with doctors - my dad had a spinal tumour & basically forced the doctor to book him in for surgery (the doc wanted to leave it until it paralyzed him from the neck down, my dad did some research & insisted on having the surgery before the tumour paralyzed him at all. Because of this, he's still running today)
Any way you could get recommended to a specialist, or a different doctor who might be willing to keep up on new treatments?
Well, that's the problem with sleep apnea treatment in America. I had seen a specialist and got the same story. "I don't want to hear about alternate treatments. You'll put this old fashioned hair blower on your face and sleep with it, or you'll get no treatment at all from us."
Where upon I said "Thanks for your time" and walked out, determined to treat the problem myself.
I firmly believe there is a medical conspiracy in this country to sell these machines, even though they are not necessary. So, anyone I go to in the common medical establishment, which I'm stuck with because of my financial situation, is somehow required to go along with the policy of pushing these machines and playing down alternative treatments.
In my case, nothing more was required than losing some extra poundage. I've lost 30 pounds so far this year. Between that and controlling intake of things like caffeine and certain sweeteners, I sleep just fine.
But most people just can't get out of this thinking that they are helpless without trust in doctors. And in that way doctors are able to hold their health hostage and stick them with all kinds of expensive drugs that are not only unnecessary, but may have harmful effects down the road that no one has anticipated yet. (Hence all the class action lawsuits advertised on TV.)
Americans should wake up and realize that blind trust in anyone here can be hazardous to their health. One should always do research and stand their ground when something doesn't look right.
Had to diagnose myself and tell the doctor what test to do.
Australia is the only medical system that is even working on a cure.