This week there has been a ‘Call your doctor day’ awareness day, founded by Bright Pink charity, aimed at helping women live healthier lives and to avoid breast and ovarian cancer. It encourages checking your breasts and going to the doctors at the earliest opportunity. Which is saving lives, research has shown that if we listen to our bodies and go to the doctors when we feel something isn’t right, then health conditions are more likely to be picked up earlier giving the best possible chance of a positive outcome.
However, in general women are twice as likely to go to the doctors as men, who often leave it for months. Men are getting better but there’s still room for improvement, they often soldier on too long before seeking out medical help. It is often the women in the men’s life who encourage and often force their men to go to the doctors helping their chances of survival.
It is good that we are encouraged to go to the doctors, however, there is a lot of evidence that too many people are abusing this right; by going with insignificant issues or worse still not turning up for an appointment at all. Our NHS is a fantastic organisation but it is in crisis and if we’re not careful we will lose it. I feel privileged to have had free healthcare but I wish that I didn’t have to use it quite so much!
I try as much a possible to avoid seeing my GP, as I feel that I see far too many doctors but when I do I am often met with the words ‘oh you are very complicated!’ Which is true, I have a raft of conditions and as a result I’m never quite sure what is causing me the issues that I am experiencing. My body has taken quite a battering over the past five years and it seems every six months or so I’m diagnosed with some new condition to add to my list, meaning that I have to see even more doctors.
My body behaves like an errant teanager; my eyes are worse at each test, I am exhausted all of the time, my arms and legs have lost all strength, my back is literally crumbling, pain is my constant companion and my hormones have given up completely. There’s very little still working if I’m honest. If I didn’t have my army of doctors and health professionals looking after me I’d hate to think what state I would be in!