Any chronic illness comes with a million complications to your life, not the least of which is the sheer number of doctors, each with their own specialties. But when are there too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak? Let’s examine the particulars…
- It’s difficult to coordinate medications with many doctors. As a result, one from a certain doctor may cause side effects from another. While we try to keep all our providers apprised to every medication we take, sometimes we forget which have the full list and which don’t.
- Doctor appointments take time, between scheduling, traveling, waiting time, and the actual appointment. Just one can eat up an entire morning — one that might be better spent in bed resting.
- I don’t know if others feel this way, but personally, seeing so many doctors can become depressing. Most of them aren’t giving us good news, and yet there’s no way we can avoid going to the appointments. If I have several in one week, I often find myself melancholy after I’ve driven all over the county and not received even one little tidbit of good news.
- Doctors cost money. Whether you’re only responsible for a $20 copay, or if you are forced to foot the entire bill, the cash seems to flow out of your pocket and into theirs quite often. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that patients with chronic illness are the ones responsible for sending all these doctors to Aruba every year. I’m only half-joking here.
- Medications are expensive. Even good insurance adds up when you’re forced to fill ten or more prescriptions each month, plus all the supplements and vitamins every one of us uses in a vain effort to have more good days than bad.
I’m sure there are more than five reasons, but these seemed the most important. If you have others to add to the list, let me know down in the comments section.
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