3 Month Gaps

May, June and July were spent recovering from a health problem (or at least getting all screening tests that doctors like to order) and being in a doctor’s office roughly 3 times a week on average. That’s more than I had been to a doctor in 10 years’ time!

My history is one of not being overly concerned about my health, other than being fairly obsessive about eating well, sleeping enough, being active and taking a “wait and see” attitude if something seems a bit not to my liking. Generally, my attitude has been that I will go to a doctor when I have broken something or I’m unconscious 😉

This does not make doctors happy. Screened and tested for a solid three months, during which time nothing major or immediately life threatening has been found,  it seems a lot of my time  and money was wasted.  Why is it that if doctors cannot find anything major wrong with you they think they just need to do more tests?

Please don’t get me started on drug side effects. They mostly match any complaints I might have had, but then how are you to know if it’s the drug itself that’s actually maintaining a symptom that probably would have gone away with a little time? My method is to tell the doctors to take me off whatever has the same side effects as an original symptom. Let’s see if it goes away.

Do doctors realize how stupid they sound sometimes? (No offense to those doctors in the family.) It’s like an attorney asking you “Were you alone or by yourself?”

All kidding aside, there are a couple of doctors I like, but even they are meddlesome. I guess they don’t see many people my age without major problems. No, that’s not it, is it?  Doc: “Wouldn’t you want to know . . . if you were going to die?”  Me: “We’re all going to die someday.”

We can’t choose when we’re going to die or the how. But we can choose how we’re going to live.

I’m having a rant about our medical systems. They seem so oriented to disease. I prefer those practitioners who believe in integrative health so you can live your best version of yourself.

Being Choosy

After digesting the financial news lately, I wonder if people will have to choose between being able to pay their bills/taxes and having children?

All of these new taxes have stealthily crept up on people who have decided to become full-fledged members of civil society, complete with kids, jobs, bills….and now they’re facing a future where the rules of the game changed midstream. A general undercurrent I am hearing is that people are tiring of it or they’re just in denial that they’ve been had. Happy talk, no negativity, all of that is good because we are all going to need as much good health, friendship and serenity as we can find.

However, there are certain laws and regulations in the real estate and financial industries which are likely to cause a complete collapse in the those industries. More on that later.

Facts

It is often said that you can’t choose your facts, just their interpretation. There is probably no point in trying to convince somebody they are mis-interpreting a fact. Which is why our society is so polarized.  They may believe that what they are saying is a fact! (Sometimes the only thing that’s a fact is the fact  they are talking!) Just because you say something is a fact and repeat it over and over does not make it so. But facts are the same the world over. They don’t require belief to be true.  Try to keep an open mind and ask yourself if someone is asking you to suspend disbelief in a very important matter, is what they’re telling you based upon a true fact or are they engaged in some type of manipulation? What’s in it for them?