Ok. I give up!
I know I said that doctors care. And they do. At least most of them do. But then there are some who are either too incompetent or Ok. I give up. I know I said that doctors care. And they do. At least most of them do. But then there are some who are either too incompetent or too ignorant or just too damn arrogant to admit even to themselves that they don’t know what the heck is really going on with their patient.
I saw a patient yesterday who has seen at least 5 different doctors in Bahawalpur and Multan in the last two months. After two months of looking for answers for his poor health, all he has for a diagnosis is anemia (Low Hemoglobin.) Someone performed an ultrasound exam a week ago, and declared that his abdominal organs are all normal.
Here’s the thing. No one performed a physical exam on him. Not one of the doctors that he has seen in the last two months managed to see that he has an enlarged liver, an enlarged spleen and enlarged lymph nodes all over! A final year medical student could tell you that it looks like the patient has lymphoma. But not these five practitioners of the art of healing. As for the ultrasound, I wonder if the machine was even turned on when the exam was being performed.
I said last week that most doctors do care for their patients. They do try to get it right. And sometimes, being human, they make mistakes. I know I make mistakes every day. Show me someone who says he doesn’t make mistakes and I’ll show you a lier. In this case however, it wasn’t one mistake. It wasn’t one doctor. One after another, five different doctors failed this patient. And I can’t defend that.