No, I don't hate doctors.
I'm very thankful they exist and I'm convinced they make this world a better place. Or at least they make people being able to see that the world is a better place. Better than it was before going to the doctor. You know.
But as we all have experienced or read in horrible articles in tabloids there are good and bad doctors around. But what makes a doctor a bad doctor? I mean, all of them studied and graduated, so they just have to know their job in some sense, don't they.
Of course it's bad, when a doctor makes a horrible mistake. Like sewing his watch in your stomach or taking out your appendix when you were there for your tonsils.
But with the crazy overtime work hours they have to put up with you can't really blame them doing every OP on autopilot. At least here in Germany doctors work like 36 hours in one shift, then go sleep in the storage room for a few hours only to have it start all over again. These poor creatures don't remember what their house looks like let alone their wife, if something like that ever existed. What do you do with your great salary, if you never have time to spend it? Where's the sense in such a life? I don't know, that's why I'm becoming an engineer. That and because I hate people.
It's also bad, when the doctor cannot figure out why you're feeling bad. But then again, who is supposed to remember everything he's ever read/heard? There's so much to know about every sickness you can possibly have, it's just too much for one brain. In my opinion that's what books are for. And brainstorming with other doctors.
But I think there are other things that make doctors bad. The biggest one is insensitivity!
Last week I was at my doctor's and asked him, why I have the same (light, no worries) infection every few weeks all over again. He said, it could be loads of reasons. Like deficiency of vitamins or ... or ... or HIV. Man, am I glad that I know for a fact I'm negative, otherwise this would have had me starting into a panic. Since he wanted to do bloodtests, I would have been in that panic until the results. Dammit, couldn't he have been more sensitive?!
Once upon a time I was in pain for 3 days and therefore a bit worried, so I went to a doctor. Who then proceeded to press on my aching body and ask me "Does this hurt?" Me pressed a "Yes" through the teeth. Only to be told that other patients would have jumped to the ceiling, so my pain can't be that serious. Hallo?! Maybe I just deal differently with pain than other people?! Plus... jumping to the ceiling... what does that even mean!?
Once upon another time I was in heavy pain (allergy) and my step-sister, who happens to be a doctor, gave me treatment. She's one of those, who can remember everything they ever read, so she really good at giving diagnoses. But dealing with patients in pain isn't her strong point. She had this kinda cold, distant way of telling me that even though my ankle has doubled in size I should just suck it up, since it's not serious yet. Thank god for that... I don't want to know what is serious then! Couldn't really complain though. She helped me and I was better the next day. But sensitivity hasn't been in one room with her. Ever.
Lots of doctors are totally clueless what severe pain feels like in real life. So I suggest every doctor should experience severe pain at least once in life. Over a longer period, let's say, a week. It should be part of the curriculum. "Severe pain", once a trimester. The students experience the pain and then have to write a paper about how it made them feel. I expect life-changing results. If not, the pain wasn't severe enough.
Where do I have to submit my suggestion?