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My Heroic Injury & the Problem with Health Care

I’ve been thinking a lot about House lately – you know, the hit show on Fox.  One reason for this is I’ve been hobbling around (sometimes with an umbrella cane) and popping Vicodin every few hours since tweaking my back Monday.  How’d I throw my back out you ask?  Well since I’m so humble, I don’t really want to go into it, but let’s just say it was very heroic and involved saving kittens and babies and Nuns (oh my)!

But I digress

Basically, I’ve been thinking that House just might be the biggest problem with health care in America.  Sure, Washington is telling us that making health care available to all U.S. Americans is the way to “fix” health care but I think we have to all jump in a time machine and port back to 2003 before we all were introduced to Dr. Gregory House and his approach to medicine.

Because since watching House I doubt I’ll ever be satisfied with another doctor’s visit.  I mean, they don’t really expect me to believe that my pulled back muscle is just that and not some indication of my liver shutting down due to a hemorrhage in my sub-cuticles.

“Oh, it’s just a pulled muscle, Doc?  Really?  Are you sure?  Ok!”

See I think the biggest problem facing health care is not an aging Boomer population, but rather, a generation that is skeptical of what doctors are telling them.  We might be as skeptical of doctors as Boomers were of government in the late 60s.

So when I started experiencing numbness in my legs today today, some 3 days after I initially tweaked my back (remember, it was a heroic action) I marched (hobbled) right back to the doctor’s off and asked them to check me out again.

And I must say I was pleasantly surprised when they actually ordered an MRI to see what was going on.  But my joy was to be short lived because basically I’m gonna be left in the dark unless my sub-cuticles really are hemorrhaging.  Basically the MRI place sends the films over to the doc who only calls me if they see something abnormal.  If the MRI shows nothing that explains the numbness, they don’t call me.

Which leaves me to worry about my sub-cuticles!  And watch the season premiere of House on October 3.