Let me preface this post by saying that I am also sick of talking about kidney stones, but they’ve been the topic du jour in my body for some time now…so, that’s what I’m serving here today – kidney pie. If you will.
Try This One! No, Try This One! No, Try This One!
Here’s the thing. I’ve been to the emergency room twice and a urologist once in the last 48 hours. And I watched something happen that was just so shocking. It looked something like this:
Doc: Oh, you’re in pain from the stone? Here’s some pain medication!
Me: My stomach is killing me from the pain medication.
Doc: Oh! Take Tums and Zantac! But watch out for the side effects to your liver…
Me: I have a rash from the pain medication.
Doc: Oh! Take Benadryl! But it will make you really dizzy and you can’t drive or ….
Me: I’m nauseous from the pain medication.
Doc: Oh! Take Zofran! But you can’t use it long term because…
Me: I’m constipated from the pain medication. (Too much information? Sorry, I’m proving a point here.)
Doc: Oh! Take Colase! But it might make you have really bad diarrhea and can dehydrate you…
Call me crazy…but does anyone else here think there might be a problem with the pain medication? And why is it okay to solve the problem of the pain medication with something else that will likely cause new problems?
As I lounged around on my skinny little hospital stretcher, in a gown that refused to stay on or closed, I promised myself not to ever run a business on the western medicine model. How do you get anywhere by throwing band-aids all over the place and not addressing the real problem? Or, even worse, creating new ones?
Imagine if you came to me for web copy:
You put it up on your site, and then called me and said, ‘Every time the name of my business appears on the site, it’s in neon green. Can you help?’
And I said, “Oh, that’s the host’s fault. Try this new host, it’ll take away the green, but your site will probably crash every other day.”
Wouldn’t you run away screaming? Or have we surrendered to the fact that everything has problems, and we just have to walk around putting on band-aids…and hoping that the liver damage, dizziness and dehydration are the better option.
What’s that saying? What doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger? Yeah, that’s the one…but, it’s not the one for me.
Let’s talk about solution, prevention, looking at every angle, hearing the whole story. Just thinking about it? I feel better already.
Image courtesy of Mr. T in DC
By the way, I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. None of the items in this post are intended to be help cure, alleviate or prevent any of your health problems, nor can I verify that they are medically accurate – I was on pain medication as these events occurred.