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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Do You Follow Doctor’s Orders?


Who knows what’s best for my health?  Me (who has no medical training whatsoever) or, a licensed medical professional?

Today, on Working Mommy Wednesday, we’re talking about something we’re bad at.  You guessed it, I’m bad at following doctor’s orders.  Let’s just say I’m a bit stubborn. 

For starters, I hate going to the doctor.  I hate the sight of blood, and most medication makes me vomit.  One of the reasons I respect those who choose the medical profession?  I could never do it.

And I do mean never.

For the record, hospitals creep me out.  They’re too sterile.  Too lifeless.  Too depressing.  Which is why I tried to break out early when I had my third-born, Abby.  (The nurse was ready to call security.)  Which is why I never finish my prescription medicine.  (Who needs drugs when you’re feeling better?)  Which is why I tend to self-diagnose every aliment on the internet.  (Who needs the hassle of an office visit when you have WebMD?)

I also can’t stand waiting rooms.  The doctors are always running late, and someone always tries to make me turn off my cell phone.  Or, worse – I’m forced to stop tweeting because some nurse thinks the internet connection will interfere with the x-ray machine.

But, wait.  Before you think I’m a terrible mother, you should know one thing.  When it comes to my children, I usually break my own rules.  I rush my kids to the doctor’s office for every sniffle, we finish all the medicine, and I even turn off my cell phone in the waiting room.  (Ok, not always, but I definitely turn it off if there’s an x-ray machine in plain view.)

I’m even known to follow doctor’s orders.  Unless of course my motherly instincts are telling me to instead follow my gut. 

Didn’t God give us instincts for a reason? 


Laura said...

This made me smile ... and made me think of a friend of mine. I, on the other hand, am happy to relinquish the health advice to those who went to school for it!

Susan DiMickele said...

Teachers are always good at following the rules!

Julia said...

hilarious. so true, isn't it??? we'll take our kids and not ourselves.
my grandma hates doctors too. thankfully, my sister is a doctor, so she'll at least trust her.

Richard Mabry said...

Susan, If you weren't a cyber-friend and such a nice person, I'd report you to the AMA. : )
You're not so different from all the rest who don't finish their medicine (then wonder why they get sick so soon again) and conveniently forget the admonitions that would be inconvenient. But I'm glad you toe the line when it comes to your children's health.
Be well--and I mean that in several ways.

Megan Willome said...

I'm of two minds on this, too. Both my kids have had major surgeries, which require more following of doctor's orders, than say, for amoxicillin. On the other hand, I have a lot of issues with doctors, when it comes to me. They have often been wrong, and I have paid the price.

Megan Willome said...

I'm of two minds on this, too. Both my kids have had major surgeries, which require more following of doctor's orders, than say, for amoxicillin. On the other hand, I have a lot of issues with doctors, when it comes to me. They have often been wrong (at best) and cruel (at worst).

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

This made me laugh, Susan. I too hate all things medical. I break into a feet-sweating mess when I have to go in for a flu shot. I can't tell you how many times I've almost fainted from a simple immunization. But I'm the same way with my kids -- I brought them to the ER on a number of occasions...most certainly when I didn't have to.

BigD said...

Once again, I'm left thinking I'm such a play-by-the-rules wimp.
I do whatever the doc wants. In fact, I'd do it twice, if I thought it would make things better, faster.
Actually, I'm a would-be hypocondriac--I'm just to logical to let myself turn that corner.
I think the only thing that stops me is I'm afraid to be labeled that way!

Laura said...

I'm with you, Susan. I try to stay off the examining table. There is always that lovely yearly exam, but if I can avoid it the rest of the year, I'm a happy gal. Playing co-dependent to my avoidance are my friends who are physicians...and nurses. Funny how those guys hand out sample meds so easily! Anything to avoid the waiting room!

Happy Valentine's Day. i hope you are having a sweet time with your sweetie. said...

I read in the NY Times magazine this weekend that WebMD was kind of gratuitous and misleading with the marketing of other websites and drugs instead of pure medical info. Just saying. (Beware! The article reommends Mayo Clinic for the pure info)

Anyhoo, I can definitely picture you running out of the hospital before checking out, saying "I'm fine, get my laptop!"

I think all mothers are good at that instinct thing, knowing when to push hard to get answers and check things out. My wife is so much better at that than I am. Although, once I came home from work and saw my sick daughter and said "We need to take her to the ER!" And that one time, I was right!

Erin MacPherson said...

I'm totally with you... I NEVER go to the doctor... unless one of my kids need it or I'm pregnant. Then I go for every little twinge.