No pressure. Just trying to set the tone for my entire blog in one post.
Random fact to break the tension: People who work in healthcare are not actually out to get you. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and research scientists are actually working to improve your life, not ruin it.
I know. When your doctor is being cagey about your diagnosis and your nurse is withholding the pain medication you so desperately feel you deserve, it’s hard to believe they are trying to help.
It’s especially hard to think anyone knows what they are doing when yet another new study comes out, refuting the claims of that other study that came before it. How can no one have figured it out yet if eggs are bad for you??
But. Uncertainty is the beauty of medical science. Diagnoses are hard to make because there are so many factors to consider and everyone is different. Because everyone is different, drugs affect people differently. Because entire populations are so complex, trying to study what consistently effects the human body in the same way is not easy. It requires a lot of data and studies, accumulated over time, to cut through the uncertainty. Even when years of data have been accumulated, elements of uncertainty remain.
Don’t sweat it. It’s just medicine’s way of applauding your uniquessness.
Still. You’d think that after all of this time healthcare professionals would have learned how to communicate that a bit better. Maybe if they just gave it to you straight without hiding behind the jargon, maybe if they admitted that sometimes they DON’T KNOW, the relationship between the scientists and the masses wouldn’t have gotten so messy.
It probably doesn’t have to stay messy. With a little more information (and someone decoding what that information actually is) and a little more compassion for what all of those doctors and scientists are trying to do, we can start to understand what is going on in all of those healthcare people’s minds.
Here’s to bridging the gap.