"It is a severe case of gastroenteritis" pronounced Mr. Basava. What do you do when you don't believe the person in the consultation room of a not so great hospital is a doctor? Can you ask him to show his degrees without offending him? Or should you have faith in him (I do believe looks can be deceiving at times) and take the medicines he prescribes?
We did the later. However, after four days of struggling with more pain, my wife was at the consultation room of Mr. Shetty of the most reputed hospital in Bangalore. I sometimes wonder if waiting outside the consultation room of the doctors practicing in this reputed hospital can cause a patient to get worse or cause the accompanying person to fall sick himself (or herself). After hours of waiting, we are told that an endoscopy might be in order and we should get it done the next day morning. If that isn't enough to scare the s**t out of us, the wait till the next day morning was enough to make us dream of some really bad outcomes. Well, the procedure costs about 1k, took about 2 minutes and we were told everything is in order and given pain killers for the next few days. Well, the pain killers worked. There was not pain while my wife was taking them. But the day she stopped, she had a rough time. The pain was enough to make her throw up. When we tried reaching the respectable doctor for an appointment, his assistant made sure we don't disturb the distinguished doctor. My wife had to endure the pain as well as the embarrassment of being hung up on when asked for an appointment or at least a chance to talk to the doctor on phone. So much for doctor patient relationship. Its more of a doctor's assistant-patient relationship and don't look like its working.
We head to another clinic and here the doctor seems more involved. He is ready to give out his personal cell number to the patient in case of any emergency. A Dr. Raju. We had bugged him a couple of times after that on phone but he has been very patient with us. I don't know how much more of our calls he will take but so far so good.
The biggest problem of an ailment is not the ailment itself. Its the suspense of not knowing what is the problem and of course, the cure. The thought that the symptoms might manifest at any time and at any day without warning and we don't even know what the problem is. I hope some doctors read this and do some introspection or am I imagining grand things for myself as influencing the conscience of people who see pain and death everyday.
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