Blog 2344 – 03.25.2022
It is an ole truism that if you want to keep your money you should especially avoid salesmen, politicians, preachers, doctors, and lawyers. But there are times when avoiding doctors can be detrimental to your health and well-being. Doctors invest a lot of time and money, training and of course they want a return on that investment and I have no doubt that many of them genuinely want to help people, but as in all professions, positions, and jobs some are just in it for the money and don’t even pretend to care whether or not they do their jobs well or correctly.
It is another ole saying that doctors get to bury their mistakes. Proving doctors are guilty of malpractice is not an easy task that involves the last group listed above who also invest a lot if time and money in their training and want a quick return on their investment as well.
Currently my wife and I both are counting on doctors to diagnose and treat different things that both our aging bodies are dealing with. Today I have scheduled a follow up visit to go over some lab work results from my annual physical a week ago. At least three areas of concern were revealed in the tests. Hopefully medication, diet and exercises can help me live a pain free and active life for many years yet to come. And the same for my wife.
We were both born in 1950 and more than a few of our peers have already checked out. We are fortunate to live in a time when medical advances have made it possible for many to live longer active lives. I, like many of you, have complained about all the money in the medical and drug industries especially in this country, the good ole U. S. Of A. But, they have made longer quality lives accessible to more and more people and I want my wife and I to be two more in that number if possible.
Cowboy star legend, John Wayne, had a lung removed due to cancer from smoking in the middle of his storied film career. I remember as a boy seeing a public service announcement he made for the American Lung Association in which he said, “Fight cancer with a check up and a check.”
Like many of you I have spent most of my life trying to avoid doctors as much as possible. In fact for the last several years my primary motivation to get an annual physical has been to get to prescriptions that keep my water flowing renewed. One last cliché is “If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.”
Get that check up and write that smaller check now to avoid that larger check for funeral expenses that a loved one will have to write soon enough.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
All That We Let In