I’m a healthy guy and hardly have the need to see a doctor. Yet, I have had a persistent and utterly minor issue that, as I learned today, could have led to serious health complications up to death. I’ll tell you the story and add some analysis or introspection at the end.
For some background: One fine night around six years ago or so, I went to a night club. There, one woman wanted to get my attention and stepped on my foot. She happened to crack the nail of my right big toe with her high heels. I didn’t pay much attention even though it looked a bit nasty: there was blood under the nail but as I did not notice any pain during the day, I did not bother to have this checked out. I can’t say that I pay much attention to my toenails. Down there, there isn’t a lot happening as they grow very slowly. I shrugged it off when, months later, I noticed some nail fungus, as a likely consequence of that bitch cracking my toenail because the crack was the epicenter of the fungal infection.
I did some reseach online afterwards. However, any medical condition you might suffer from never looks even remotely as bad as on pictures you find online, which seem to largely stem from people with heavily compromised immune systems. On sites like WebMD, the intended effect of such shock pictures might be to get people to go see a doctor in the absurdly expensive US healthcare system. Yet, the effect such pictures had on me was that I just didn’t take the nail fungus seriously. It’s not a serious issue anyway.
About two years ago, though, I finally had it checked out because my expectation that the nail fungus would eventually just go away didn’t come to pass. I got a combined treatment of anti-bacterial nail polish and oral medication: take some pills for 90 days and apply the nail polish once a week for about two years. Progress was really good and when I came in for a check-up, the very same doctor prescribed the same pills again. In fact, she gave me a prescription so that I could get another pack for an extra 90 days if I thought I needed it.
That was about half a year ago. As that toenail does not yet look entirely healthy (I’m about 95% there, though), I went for another checkup, but this time I had a different doctor. He said that I’m now at the point where I can just let it grow out as the toenail looks, apart from some very minor parts, completely healthy. Then he went through my medical history and was quite surprised that my previous doctor had not administered any blood tests at all. I was told that the medication I had received takes a serious toll on the liver and that some people have died of it. Thus, according to protocol, you need to do some preliminary screenings to determine whether you’re in good enough health and, if so, you need to come in every six weeks for follow-up checks during the 90 day treatment period to check if your liver is holding up. I was not overly pleased to hear that my previous doctor just put me on that treatment while ignoring protocol.
This would make for an anecdote regarding male and female doctors, where my first (female) doctor might have thought that I look healthy and therefore she doesn’t need to follow protocol whereas the second (male) doctor would go by the book. That would probably be a bit short-sighted because male doctors aren’t immune from making mistakes. Still, I have a hunch that sex probably plays a role. Please don’t misinterpret this as me wanting to find blame in women. I think it’s not entirely implausible to hypothesize that female doctors are better at intuitively assessing the health of male patients than male doctors are, simply because women evolved to select men based on good health and its direct and indirect manifestations. The opposite doesn’t hold true as women are very adept at manipulating their appearance, which boils down to using false markers of health and fertility. As interesting as those questions may be, there won’t be any funding for such studies before China or Russia liberate us from our SJW-occupational globalist governments. Corona-chan is on our side, though.
Instead of making this post about sex differences, I want to draw your attention to something else: your life could potentially be at risk without you being aware of it. I tend to question authority. I think that our politicians are, by and large, a bunch of inept, corrupt buffoons, and our public intellectuals mostly come from a leftist circle-jerk. It’s quite obvious that the talking heads in politics and the media have rather mediocre mental facilities. On the other hand, why would you assume that, for instance, a cashier does not follow a routine when swiping the groceries you want to buy? Similarly, your dentist might have treated hundreds of root-canals. Yours should be a routine as well. The same, of course, applies to doctors. You just assume that they have seen so many patients that their job consists of little more than following routines. In principle, this is true, but what if your doctor does not follow the established routine (“protocol”)?
The upshot of this is that on the rare occasion that I’m going to see a doctor, I can’t trust that fellow either. The older I get, the more I get the impression that more or less everybody is just phoning it in. Your doctor may even casually jeopardize your health, and not out of a sadistic desire to harm you but instead just because they don’t care enough. This was an interesting life lesson for me. In an alternative timeline, I have died of liver failure already.
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