Sorry For Wasting Your Time Doctor
Posted on 10th February 2016
I am one of those men that doesn’t go to the Doctor that much. I have heard about (and quickly searched for and scan read) articles that say it’s to do with bravado – that we simply don’t have the time to look weak, etc. etc.
Me personally, I am always left feeling like I’m wasting their time.
And I have had some corkers in my time including a vasectomy (my second after a reversal) where I had a clot that effectively gave me a third blood-clotted, rock-solid testicle. Of course, having Googled it, I worried the shit out of myself that it was permanent and I would need to start buying tailored underpants.
Going to the Doctors about it three times didn’t help until the last visit where the Doctor (three different ones in three different visits telling me three different things) finally made me feel a bit better that it was sorting itself out.
But every time, without fail, I go, no matter what they say (which is usually no prescription, there’s nothing wrong with you, ride it out) I actually hear…
Why are you wasting my time you useless little pissant. Man-up, I’ve got a game of Golf to get to!
So, as a result, I have probably been to the GP about 3 times in the last ten years (discounting my three ball conundrum adventures).
Being 45 this year, overweight and doing a big cycle ride in July, I thought I’d have a health check. I started looking at private options and was chatting to a friend the other day who told me he’d had it on the NHS. He also started getting my brain whirring that yes, because I need more wees than I used to that I may have Prostate Cancer.
I found a government page that said just call your GP, so I did.
“No, we don’t do that. If you have a concern make an appointment.”
“Yes, sorry to waste your time AGAIN with my silly little desire to have a human MOT. I’ll leave you to the conversation you were still having with your colleague when you answered the phone”, I thought.
The National Health Service is a great institution, with some very dedicated staff within, and all that stuff…. I get it. They are underfunded, badly managed and are a political bouncy ball.
And, I try to be supportive of the NHS, but to be honest… I really fucking struggle.