“I am sorry. Your brain has been compromised. Your left side is paralysed and you will now never be able to move again!” Those were the first words I heard from a Doctor on the Monday morning when I was just diagnosed with Acute Disseminated Encyphomyelitis.
I remember tears flowing down my face as I tried to grasp the enormity of what he had just said. with complete ignorance he had pronounced a judgement on a hapless, trusting patient. Without thought or foresight , he had declared himself God.
He was completely wrong!
And then I found a good doctor, one who helped me, challenged me , encouraged me and got my out of bed and jumping again- a real healer.
We go to doctors to help us. We trust their opinions. They have quite literally our lives in their hand. And just like any good relationship, it’s important that you search for and find a good doctor who really cares about you!
I remember reading this week about Zuleikha Sheikh, a woman masquerading as a doctor who was responsible for the shocking death of a young Mom earlier this month. The woman bled to death when her placenta was mistaken to be another child in the womb and was pulled out with parts of her uterus. Worse still, this surgery was performed under candle light! On investigation she also had to her discredit several patient handicaps, illegal abortions and medical mishaps that she had caused. In an interview, she sounded totally unfazed about the patient death. She claimed that deaths happen and that she was on the phone with a certified doctor so there was really nothing more she could have done! The callous , unemotional manner that this woman dealt with something this horrific was shocking.
Her family trusted Zuleikha Sheikh. They trusted their ‘doctor.’ For someone to take their trust and break it, nay destroy it and be so calm about it is nothing short of murder and the person is nothing more than a cold-blooded sociopath.
Zuleikha Sheikh needs to be taken to task. Not just because she isn’t a doctor but because she doesn’t still understand her mistake. She took a life and destroyed a family.
Trust in doctors is often a one way street. You trust them implicitly. Hina’s family trusted a quack and they paid with her life. This tragedy doesn’t just affect her family. It affects the hundreds of actual, good doctors out there! They don’t deserve to have their reputation slandered by a criminal.
Give Hina’s family justice. Give the many families justice!
Protect the reputation of the medical profession.
And why this rant on doctors?
Well this week was tough! After two unbelievable shows, both of which were house full and the most incredible weekend ever, my body decided I had done too much. In short, I got very, very sick.
This week made me value good doctors. I am lucky to have an amazing general physician who thinks out of the box, never stresses with my manic work hours and always encourages me to do whatever my minds wants me to do. He believes like I do that a healthy will power can make a healthy body. He is not afraid of thinking over his prescriptions, taking time to educate me on an illness and listening to any symptom I have , no matter how small it may seem to even me. He is a good doctor.
P.s. (Palat says)-: Find a good doctor. Punish the crooks
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