Doctors are wonderful.
Not everyone will agree with me on this, but that’s ok, not everyone has the same doctors as me. And even more interestingly, not every knows they don’t have to just take the first doctor / haematologist / rheumatologist / immunologist that comes their way.
My doctors are often more caring, interested and non judgemental about my medical status than some of my friends. My doctors are happy for me to email them sometime and I have their mobile numbers in my phone. My doctors give me less shit about drinking wine than some of my family does, Bennett?
My doctors have been there, even long distance, for all my freak outs but not all doctors are great. Why do I have such great doctors? It’s not luck. I found them. I actively went about finding the best doctors available, making sure they were the right ones for me. In doing so, I had to break up with my old ones.
You don’t always have to take the first doctor that see’s you. Don’t be fooled into believing how lucky you are to even be seen a doctor, especially in the very first stages of your illness. It can be a seductive time, where you fall into the arms of the first person to help you, as you look for answers from whoever is closest to you at the time. During the fear and confusion of being diagnosed with ITP, it can be such an utter relief to find a professional willing and able to help you through the chaos. Accept this help, that is fine. But like any long term relationship, ten years later the honey moon period may be over and you might start thinking – I don’t really like you, actually. Continue reading