PART ONE OF SERIES ON HEALTH ISSUES
The news has been dominated most of this year about the proposed Health legislation. However, it’s really not about health issues, but politics, and political power, money, centralization of power, insurance companies, and taxation.
Growing up in the Great Depression years, I’ve lived long enough to have experienced that going to doctors and health professionals was about healing and curing diseases and injury problems. Fortunately, born with good genes, and parents and grandparents living into their nineties.
Just last weekend went to Madison County for a dinner party for my ninety-year old aunt’s birthday celebration. She looked beautiful, so bright-eyed and alert as she stood by the door receiving 40-plus guests. Some children and grandchildren, but several relatives there from the “Greatest Generation” that I had not seen in years. It was a very delightful gathering.
I’m prompted to write a series about health, healing, hospitals, medicine, doctors and treatment as a result of my personal experience with such this past three years. So different from the way in which sickness or health problems were viewed when I was growing up.
Myself and siblings were generally healthy, but sometimes got a few cuts and bruises, or had a cold or the measles and my mother was into areas of natural healing, using herbs, fasting, juices, bed-rest and home remedies to heal whatever ailed us. That mentality has stuck with me, however because there have been drastic changes in approach to health problems by the medical profession, my doctor visits frequently wind up in a combative situation, when I balk at drugs, tests, and procedures.
About three years ago, I encountered some health issues which required surgery, many tests, seeing 16 doctors in a period of two years, hospitalization, drugs and everything from catscans, MRI, and the whole nine yards of so-called “modern day medicine.”
During this 3-year period I fortunately had a couple of very skilled, competent compassionate doctors, but others have been less than thoughtful, caring, or competent, resulting in some botched procedures.
In my opinion, now-a-days when you sit down in a doctor’s office, as a senior citizen, the doctor conveys an attitude that you need drugs, dozens of tests and invasive procedures. Usually the doctor walks in, sits down at a computor and talks, types, and questions, looking at the computor. Usually spends about twenty minutes, then orders all kinds of very expensive tests and drug prescriptions and makes follow-up appointments.
If I question something they prescribe or resist taking the prescribed test, there’s an attitude of intimidation. With an attitude of superiority and authority, an attitude comes across to me, trying to convey, I’m stupid, sick-o, ignorant, a little ole lady, that somehow has failed to recognize the Doctor knows all, and is in charge, and I should not question any instructions or decisions, because after all, I did not graduate from college with a doctorate degree. Therefore, I’m expected to blindly follow anything they prescribe.
And secondly, they don’t bother to explain their orders to you. For example, on one visit a stress test was ordered. I agreed, thinking I was going to be monitored on one of those walking machines. But far from it. I had to undress, lay on a table and be hooked up to devices and a doctor with an assistant and two ladies, stood over me as they kept jolting my body with some kind of current and kept asking me how I felt. It was a very scary, traumatic experience and I would never submit to it again. Nor would I have taken it in the first place had I known what they planned on doing.
Last week I heard a news report about MILLIONS dying from doctor ordered test zapping patients with doses of radiation.
In November of this year went for a doctor appointment because I was having dizzy spells. Blood test revealed anemia, and low thyroid. Several tests were ordered and I agreed to what I understood was one test and wound up being three, for heart test. No significant heart problems, given prescription for iron and more tests ordered. Referred to a “specialist.”
I recall hearing my mother joke about a specialist as being the out of town doctor.
At the November visit, I mentioned to the doctor I had an itchy scalp and she gave me a prescription for medicated shampoo.
I had the shampoo prescription filled but not the prescribed iron from the pharmacy. From the visit in November and the 3 ultra-sound tests, I received a notice from the insurance company, showing they had been billed for $1,949.00.
I have a good insurance company, but they have just increased co-pay doubled plus another notice of monthly increase payments by $240.00 per year.
From the November doctor visit, I received a blood pressure check, blood test, the 3 other tests I described, and a prescription for shampoo, and an iron prescription not filled, which wound up for billing cost over two-thousand dollars with my co-pay.
Continued in next article describing subsequent Doctor appointment in December.
LET FREEDOM RING