Why I Try Not To Complain About Waiting At The Doctor's Office

Why I Try Not To Complain About Waiting At The Doctor's Office

Remember: patience is a virtue.

Having a dysautonomic illness and playing sports means being in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices, even if you hate them. I mean seriously hate them. You learn to get over the fear of needles, and when going into surgery, the nurses even laugh about how calm you are about the whole situation. Over the past two years, I’ve waited in many different doctor’s offices for hours on end. Every doctor’s office is different. There are many different types of people ranging in age and ethnicity with the offices each having a different type of atmosphere. Some have superheroes on the wall while others just have toys for children to play with. The most common thing for all of them, though, is the waiting time.

One of the reasons I try not to complain is because my older sister is a nurse, and if she ever heard me complain about something like that, she’d kick my butt. But even so, I’ve learned a lot from my situations. For one, almost every time I walk into my cardiologist’s office, I hear a baby crying its eyes out. Now, I do go to a children’s heart specialist, but that’s not the point. Many people don’t realize that the doctors and nurses do everything they can to comfort the child like it’s one of their own. They wait for the baby to calm down and then proceed with their appointment because they don’t want the child to be uncomfortable. This doesn’t seem like much, but having a doctor come in, hold your hand and tell you he or she will help you get better is something they don’t even have to do. Maybe some doctors don’t go above and beyond specifically for you, but I’ve realized it is because they’re going above and beyond to help someone who is worse off than you are.

First, think of telling someone the worst possible news you could ever tell them. Then, think about how a doctor may have to tell their patients that they have cancer and they only have a certain amount of time left to live. That may not be you, but that is someone else’s mom or daughter or father or son. After a doctor delivers that news to someone, they can’t just leave the room and leave the family to mourn. They sit there and comfort the family. Some people will, luckily, never have to experience this type of pain, but doctors experience this on a daily basis.

Doctors sometimes don’t have all the answers either. I am one of the many medical mysteries in the world. I have been in and out of doctor's offices where they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. Imagine a difficult math problem that you couldn’t figure out for the life of you. Now, imagine seeing random symptoms in someone and testing them for every possible thing -- cancer, mono and thyroid issues. How about imagining that almost a year later you still couldn't figure out what’s wrong with them? That is one of the most frustrating situations anyone could ever be in.

My point is, when it comes to doctors' offices, patience is truly a virtue. Doctors and nurses are doing everything they can to help whoever comes in, and sometimes that involves spending more time than usual with one patient. Sometimes, you have to realize that doctors actually care about every individual patient they treat and that their main focus isn’t to get people in and out quickly. It is to take care of their patients and go above and beyond for them. For that reason, I can not complain.

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

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The Truth About Narcan, Insulin, And Who Pays For What

"Stupid junkies, I have to pay for my Insulin but they get Narcan FOR FREE. Can you believe that?"



Let's talk about it. Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan or Evzio is a "medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose." According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Naloxone basically reverses the effects of an overdose.

As you see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and every other social media platform in the world, "junkies" get indirectly bashed, undermined, and in a nutshell, told that they don't deserve a place on earth.

The most common argument used by "non-addicts" is "I have to pay for my Insulin for my diabetes, but they get Narcan for free? Wow, our government sucks and the system is a joke."

For those of you that don't know, diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone, insulin, is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

There are two types of this disease: Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes that result from a variety of different factors. Diabetes can be acquired through genetics but can also be personally obtained through lifestyle, depending on the type. Aside from genetics and being born into a diabetic family, you may also be diagnosed with diabetes as a result of physical inactivity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and being overweight. In other words, if you let your body go, don't work out or do some type of physical activity, let your high blood pressure go untreated, and eat unhealthy foods; you have a chance of developing diabetes.

Next, let's talk about prices.

On average, Insulin costs $200 monthly. This depends on the brand, personal insurance, coupons, and other factors such as organizations that help people get cheaper insulin.

Narcan nasal spray costs $130 for a two-time use. You can buy it at CVS Pharmacy (and other pharmacies) in states such as Ohio, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Some of these states may require a prescription.

Now that you know that Narcan/Evzio isn't free, it's time to talk about other charges that are brought upon addicts when they overdose. If an ambulance is called, they have to pay for it. If they are sent to the emergency room, they also have to pay for that.

The idea that "junkies" get Narcan for free is something society has made up to make drug users feel even more guilt than they already do from having an addiction alone.

Believe it or not, most of us are addicted to something that can be fatal or cause illness/injury. If you eat processed foods or sugar ridden foods every day, chances are you have an addiction to sugar. The withdrawal that someone has from quitting sugar is similar to the withdrawal that one goes through from quitting heroin. You get a splitting headache, you have cold sweats, you are moody, and it makes you sick. If you drink coffee all day on most days and you try to quit, it results in an awful headache for a few days. The addiction to cigarettes and the withdrawal that people go through for that speaks for itself; we all know a smoker or an ex-smoker.

Instead of following social norms, degrading drug users and putting ourselves on a pedestal because we don't use heroin or another "hard drug," we should advocate for the health and stand up for each other. If you see someone on the street that you know is a drug user, pull them aside and pray with them. Help them find a better life. Recommend church, rehab, or any other ideas that may be at your fingertips to mention.

The moral of the story is this: we all have an addiction, hypocrisy is at it's finest thanks to social media, and we are all human. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you judge them. It doesn't cost a dime to shed light on someone's life, especially when they are in need.

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