Medical Doctors Are Not Diety

by Cindy Jaynes - Date: 2007-02-27 - Word Count: 400 Share This!

You need to place this firmly in your brain and hit save. The doctor into whose hands you place your trust each time your health takes a dive is not omniscient and all-knowing. In fact, you might be surprised to discover that under that confident exterior that can leap tall hospitals in a single bound, there lies a real human being who might not know exactly why you're allergic to your husband's hair, but he's afraid of toppling from that pedestal you're determined to keep him on.

There was a time that I believed anyone who made it through medical school was always to be believed and revered. This notion was shattered the first time we took our daughter to the emergency room with a high fever. When we mentioned the rare chromosome disease she was born with to the doc on duty, he nodded knowingly and assured us he knew all about it and immediately ordered a spinal tap. Now having already dealt with an endless line of specialists which were paraded through the newborn intensive care unit when our daughter was born…and who each charged us a hefty fee for the privilege of looking at her…we recognized the look of someone who is dying to experiment. We therefore declined the prescribed tests and decided to seek a second opinion. As we were leaving, we happened to notice a medical journal opened to the page identifying our daughter's particular syndrome. (As it turned out, she had an ear infection which could easily have been detected by simply looking in her ear…what a concept!)

Now I freely admit there are numerous medical professionals who are open and honest and were absent the day they taught arrogance. Allow them to say "I don't know" without losing face. At the same time, you might want to rethink the obstetrician who inadvertently blurts out while you're in labor, "this baby's going to be born within the next five minutes if it kills us both!"

When I was raising my children the internet wasn't even a twinkle in Bill Gates'eye yet. Therefore finding a reliable healthcare professional was a real crap shoot. Now, as a grandmother I've discovered the web to be a limitless source of vital information on how to avoid an arrogant "you-may-now-worship-me" medical specialist. But in the meantime, if you really want to know the true character of a certain doctor…just ask a nurse.

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Cindy Jaynes is a freelance writer and grandmother of twelve. To learn more about Cindy and how she earns a full time living online, visit her website at

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