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(A lazy scientific experiment)
Lately I have been thinking a lot about the word treatment. I have heard it a thousand times in the last few weeks as I have watched my platelets fall and rise and fall again. I have been waiting for surgery and waiting for the blood bank and waiting to get better and waiting for the bleeding to stop; and all the while I have been hearing the word treatment over and over again.
What does the word treatment actually mean?
Treatment; 1. To act or behave towards a person in a certain way. 2. To consider or regard in a certain way and deal with accordingly. 3. Subjection to come agent or action. 4. The management in the application of medicines.
So there it is! My treatment does not only consist of what I am given but how I am given it. Part of my treatment from doctors and medical staff, is the way they act or behave towards me. Since I realised this, I have not been able to stop thinking… How much of the success of a medicine is determined by the way it is delivered to the patient?
At the moment I wish I were a scientist. I have had an idea for a few research experiments.
The first experiment would be this…There are two groups of people. Both groups of people are about the same age and gender, with the same disease requiring the same medicine. One group goes every week for a month to receive their medicine from an attentive, lovely, positive doctor who is interested in their lives and never treats them like a bother. The second group go every week for a month to receive their medicine from to total asshole with no time, who does not make eye contact with the patient.
I am desperate to know what the results of this experiment would be. I wonder if there is any research out there, about the delivery of medicine.
The second experiment would be about how people treat themselves. I would need two groups of people again with the same disease requiring the same treatment. I would have both groups go to the same doctor this time – BUT one group would treat themselves like sick people, and the other group would treat themselves like healthy people.
I wonder what the results would show?
How you are treated by others has a lot to do with how you treat yourself.
This week, as I head in for a number of appointments and organise more trips to specialists in Sydney, I am going to be very conscious of how I treat myself and how that effects how I am treated by others.
If I act like a sick person, will I get treated like a sick person?
If I act like an asshole, will I be treated like an asshole?