I was in the system of check ups in 2007 and after another round of 'tell me your entire medical history'. I bailed out. I mean, the fact that I could run 12 miles per day and never had so much as a head ache struck me as a waste of resources.
It's happened again (my sister's fault) and I've had enough. I'm no guinea pig.
My attitude to health is look after yourself as well as possible. I don't muck myself up and expect medics to repair me.
My GP (appears on TV sometimes) was criticised for missing some item concerning a condition I have. I countered this by saying he was following a logical procedure based on convention. ie. Totally blameless.
Pushed further, I would defend any medics on, that if the patient didn't like the level of treatment they got, they could go fix themselves.
Hell! what do people expect, immortality?
Most of the time its being able to remain in some level of control. Two examples:
My mother was told she was terminal, refused treatment and died without too much pain and discomfort after six months.
One of my customers was told she was terminal and agreed to treatment. She spent the last few months of her life as sick as a dog and gained maybe nothing.
When I was a kid in an angling club they used to hold a sweep stake. It was a very long time ago but the seniors put in 20p for their part of the competition. And the junior put in 10p for theirs. They were separate competitions. I knew that.
I was no mug and would often beat everyone. For some reason, there were others who seemed to think (the first time) I should get the senior prize, after all, I came first. I disagreed. My reasoning was that they (seniors) had no call on my prize, so why should I have one on theirs?
I solved this dilemma by entering both sides of the competition. Very lucrative.
Could runners enter twice? get two prizes? pot hunting unlimited.
Btw, a few years back, a V40 in my club ran 53 minutes for 8th place at the CP10. He received two prizes. That was 8th place and 1st V40. And a cabbage.
The condition is called MEN1. My mother died of cancer which only might have had something to do with it.
Despite all the check ups she had, at the end of the day they meant nothing to her. I guess it did mean something to them.
With me they have found something of interest. It doesn't mean its going to make any difference to me. I am now part of some system. It costs money, loads.
I am not frustrated. I don't want anything. I'm not complaining about the quality of care and treatment, simply questioning if any of its even necessary.
The medics line was 'its nothing really, we'll keep an eye on things'. Adding, 'But if anything happens you'll let us know? In the meanwhile we can do this...
They don't have to. They want to. It makes no difference to the basic fact, that unless something starts to 'get me' nothing will be done to sort it. They are just looking and poking about.
I'm sure they feel an endoscopy is something else they can do. They don't have to do it, they want to. Just another look, another angle. Will they act on the information? no. Not unless I start to suffer.
I'm not ungrateful for all the care etc,
But they are waiting for me to tell them of symptoms. Then they'll act. Not until.
I don't need anything but time for that. None of the other stuff.