Doctors Say the Darndest things.

April 23, 2006 at 8:21 AM (Mad Medic Thursdays)

Inspired by a post over at The Gimp Parade, about how the answer to disabled people is more and more likely to be anti-depressants (WTF!!!)

(I take them because part of my smorgasbord of impairments is *chemical depression,* not because I have physical impairments, but because the history of mental ilness among those genetically related to me is…well…significant)

Here are a few gems given to me by my mostly male physicians

1980: “The reason you’re so well adjusted is because you don’t know what you’re missing.”

1991: (Possibly *the* most mind blowingly dumb question I have *ever* heard a physcian ask a patient. I had just been given the news that I had (possibly terminal) Hodgkins Lymphoma on top of everything else, and was taking refuge from my screaming emotions in a rational intellectual examination of the treatment needed and my chances for survival. ) This bugged the doctor so much he said rather archly, “Aren’t you afraid???!!!!”
I said “Of course I’m afraid.”[you clueless attempt at a physician, certainly I’m afraid. I’m freaking for my very existence, I’m terrified, I’m crazed with fear, but I know that allowing that out of my control right now will not give me the information I need to maximize my chances for sucess, so kindly STFU with the irrelevant questions]

and 1996 to 2004 again and again and again.

“You know if you lost weight all of this would go away.”

IBS,
Cerebral Palsy

Have nothing to do with body size in and of themselves. They exist irrespective of weight.

Osteoperosis
Asthma
Carpal Tunnel
and
Chemical Depression

are made worse by weight, yes, and three of the above Asthma and Osteoperosis are shown to have significant improvement once one is no longer seriously overweight.

Carpal Tunnel and Chemical Depression will be part of my mess no matter what size I am.

And then,

“You don’t have IBS what you need is some counseling.” This selfsame physician’s assistans attitude changed dramatically when I happened to have an attack *in her office*

To her credit she chased down and found the medicine that is allowing me to work right now, but I had been a patient in that office since 1999, and the correct medication didn’t find it’s way to me until 2005.

Doctors don’t want to know what makes us tick anymore than the rest of society does…they don’t have the inclination to discover that qualitiy living can and does exist among those with impairments.

2 Comments

  1. Attila The Mom said,

    Oh Good God.

    We recently had an “expert” say to us, “If you’re thinking about having your son sterilized you should probably do it soon. It will be practically impossible to do it after he turns 18.”

    F*ckers.

  2. Attila The Mom said,

    Oh Good God.

    We recently had an “expert” say to us, “If you’re thinking about having your son sterilized you should probably do it soon. It will be practically impossible to do it after he turns 18.”

    F*ckers.

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