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  •  I have a lot of regret rooted in fear. Rejection (11+ / 0-)

    Acceptance, Fear that I won't be loved.  These days, i feel like I wasted so much energy on fear of what other people thought.  Now I just don't care.  Accept me as I am, or not.  I find more people accept me with this attitude than my fearful persona.  

    As for doctors, I'm no longer afraid to ask the hard questions or to admit my fear.  They're much more accommodating, and those that are not I leave and go to another doctor.  Did that with a dentist, who seemed put out by my reactions.  Fuck him, he was ultimately a bad dentist. It's not my job to make him feel good about how he's treating me, it's his job to make me feel comfortable.  I have a much better dentist now.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - FDR. Obama Nation. -6.13 -6.15

    by ecostar on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 04:31:53 PM PST

    •  I have a friend with the same attitude, ecostar. (2+ / 0-)
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      Wish I had more of it.

      He was declared terminal (twice) with esophageal cancer, and has survived both declarations for 10 years, which is a virtual miracle.  He's been through every treatment - surgery, radiation, chemo and come through it every time.

      Because they thought he was going to die quickly, they didn't attach his stomach the way they would have had they thought he had a chance to survive long term, and he suffers a lot of pain as a result.

      His meds cause myriad side effects, including memory loss, which has caused him to OD more than once (I personally have taken him to the ER twice, virtually comatose each time).

      He finally had to go to an assisted living center, for no other reason than he needed someone to give him his medications on schedule.

      He doesn't hesitate to tell his doctors that he insists they relieve his pain, no matter what it takes.  He's fond of reminding me this is the 21st century, and he put up with all the crap he was going to in the 20th.

      I'll have what he's having, as they say in the movies.

      And who the hell is Grover Norquist???

      by ZedMont on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:22:38 AM PST

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    •  Thanks =) (3+ / 0-)
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      liz dexic, footNmouth, SilentBrook

      I fired a doctor after he refused to refill my diabetic test strip prescription until I came to see him.

      This was his method for ensuring patients returned to him for treatment, however, I found the withholding of necessary supplies to be unethical and I let it be known.

      People need to understand that Yes, doctors have endured incredible amounts of schooling and practice but that only gives them the right to diagnose, prescribe and treat. It does not give them the right to dictate.

      You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. -Morpheus/The Matrix

      by Kaos on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:24:15 AM PST

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