Everything is not always as it seems and right now it seems as if the doctors that live in and around our home which for those of you that do not know is thirty five kilometers away from the nearest town are not what they seem.
Try and get a doctor to call you back on the phone…looks like I will have more luck winning the lotto…now try and get one to travel that huge distance of thirty five kilometers for a house call…more chance of winning Power-ball.
I could just write it off and say this is the new South Africa, but then I ask myself…why go into practice as a doctor if you are not prepared to respond to a call for help when the patient cannot be moved. I have been in contact with one such doctor who just so happens to have a “holiday home” in the area where we live, but has he even picked up the phone and returned my call…come on get real…it is just too much effort, plus it just might mess up his weekend plans.
So we try another approach…call a doctor just to ask for some advise…do I put out a call for an ambulance and rush my mother back to hospital…are her symptoms serious…after all he is the one with the knowledge…all I want is guidance but it is just too much effort once again to pick up the phone…or he is just so busy making money to worry about an elderly person who by the way has medical aid and can pay.
In a nut shell, they make me sick, which is a bad thing…just now I might need one of them.
Below is the modern version of the so called Hippocratic oath, by reading through it I came to the conclusion that it is meaningless to the bunch that practice medicine in this area…reckon I will have better luck with the local witch doctor at least he does house calls.
HIPPOCRATIC OATH: MODERN VERSION
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
—Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, and used in many medical schools today.
If I have dented any ego’s out there, tough…it will just be because you fall into the same basket as the rest of the bunch. My dream was always to study medicine, but now that I have seen how it is practiced, I’m damn glad I never went down that road.
Take care out there you never know when you just might need a “Doctor”
Granted there are the exception…there are always the good with the bad…it just seems that in our area we are stuck with the short end of the stick, and I just get the distinct impression that it is not my problem, find someone else.