For the first time in my medical career, I was on the other side of the examination table and even though as a doctor, with tons of medical training and experience , I was very reluctant to subject myself to the knife. Surely, there was a better way to handle this abscess then to cut into my body. The surgeon called it “minor surgery” – but the only surgery which is minor is one done on someone else ! It occurred to me as I sat there, that this is what my patients go through when I tell them they need IVF !
As my doctor was speaking, I began thinking about looking into alternative medicine because the last thing I wanted to do was to let a doctor cut into my body , even though I knew that this person was just as skilled at their job as I was. Was it fear that was making me reluctant, or was I really concerned that the surgical intervention would hinder my own body’s ability to heal itself? I had become a patient who was about to ignore his doctor’s advice – and this was an eye opening experience for me as a doctor . Hopefully this will teach me to become more empathetic !