Think Before You Speak…

I know that family, friends, hospital receptionists, nurses, and doctors are well-meaning, but it can get quite tedious hearing the same question over and over and over and over…well, you get it.  Every time you go in to a doctor’s appointment the nurse and the doctor always ask “How are you feeling” or “I hope you feel better.”  In the early stages when it isn’t known what you have, how to treat it, or what else is going to happen, it’s a polite, benign, thing to say.  But when doctors who have known your symptoms for 10 years, or for any long length of time, with no change and/or things getting worse, I don’t want to hear “How are you feeling,” or “I hope you feel better.”  It gets annoying and sort of patronizing in the sense of “did you not just look through my thick medical history chart chock full of problems?”

Now a days, I’ve become bitter and jaded.  When someone asks me “How are you feeling” I just say, “I wouldn’t be here otherwise.”  I don’t go to hospitals around the country and see doctors just to say hello.  Obviously something is wrong.  The real kicker is when family or mainly friends, whom you’ve explained your medical problems to in detail, say “I hope you feel better.”  Again, were you not even listening to a word I was saying?  All of these chronic problems don’t just go away like the common cold; they effect your life for years.