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Monday, April 16, 2018

Wanted: Doctor

One of the reasons that I haven't been able to blog much lately (aside from my recent writer's block issues) has been my health. I don't want to bore you with the details, but it's just been difficult for me to do much of anything these days apart from work because I feel tired all the time.

I'm not sure if it's the weather, if it's because I'm overweight or if it's because of my thyroid condition (or a combination of all three), but I am just so fatigued 24/7. It's such a struggle for me to get up and go to work because of how I feel. Just to get the strength to be professional and act like you're not feeling like you want to lie down in bed all the time while I'm at the office is exhausting in itself!

People tell me that I need to see a doctor but it's not that simple. I've been seeing a doctor who, for the past couple of years, has been treating me the same way even if I feel worse. I think this is common for a lot of people with thyroid disease. Just because the labs say that our levels are normal, it doesn't mean everything's OK. Unfortunately, I have a doctor who thinks that it is. I know that I am partially to blame for this because this doctor is a GP/Internist, not a specialist in my condition. But the thing is, it is so difficult to find someone in my neck of the woods who is a specialist. Honestly, I haven't found any in my area. The nearest hospital with a doctor with the specialization I'm looking for would be an hour or so and in the next couple of municipalities away. It's too inconvenient of a trip, especially with my fatigue.

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As much as I would love to go see a doctor in the city, one consideration that I need to focus on is having a doctor near home and my place of work. If I were to have an emergency, I would like to have a doctor nearby who knows my history. Plus, it's not like they can take me to my doctor if there is an emergency if he was based elsewhere. With traffic the way it is, it's not something I can risk.

I wish that we can have specialists in this part of our province who can attend to the needs of patients here. As it is, the doctor I see always has a long line of patients waiting to see him because he is one of the very few doctors who people can go to.

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that the hospitals and doctors here are bad, I'm just saying that there aren't enough specialists that people can go to. There are just not enough doctors. That's my issue with this.

I know I'm being a baby about this considering that there are still places where the lack of medical professionals is far worse but I just have to put it out there. I know many medical practitioners opt to go to other countries where they can earn more and some prefer to go into the more profitable side of medicine these days (cosmetic surgery) but I really wish we could have more doctors.

Not having enough doctors, particularly specialists in particular fields, is lacking where I'm from. Sure, there are cities or municipalities nearby where there are more than enough, but there are still places like where I'm from where we need more. Maybe our area is not as profitable, maybe there is not enough budget to make it work -- I get it, hospitals are still a business -- but I hope one day, it can happen.

I need a doctor!!!


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