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Re: Has anyone been told 'you research too much'? Cydnie

Posted by SLS on January 14, 2011, at 1:12:34

In reply to Has anyone been told 'you research too much'?, posted by Cydnie on January 13, 2011, at 12:48:41

Hi.

A little bit of knowledge can be worse than no knowledge at all if you act under the premise that you know enough to make sufficiently informed decisions. It isn't the acquisition of knowledge that is at issue, but, rather, how that knowledge is tempered. At some point, you know enough to know how much it is that you don't know.

Do you feel that you demonstrate the type of temper that will allow you to continue researching your condition while not acting impulsively or capriciously? I spent quite a few years thinking that I knew more than did the doctors who were treating me. I think this can be an illusion. It is impossible to truly know what lies in the mind of a doctor after his years of formal training. I think many of us, including myself, have had to start near the top of the knowledge pyramid in order to seek what we think is the most relevant and specialized information to help ourselves find a cure. In contrast, a doctor's training begins at the base of the pyramid, where he learns the fundamentals that will support the rest of the pyramid. He becomes more specialized as he works his way up. On the other hand, we sometimes don't fully appreciate the importance of fundamentals that are taught to support the weight of the rest of the pyramid.

You have not been treated with the respect you deserve for having educated yourself. As much as you don't know how much your doctor knows, he is equally unknowing of what you know. I think mutual respect is where the doctor-patient relationship ought to begin.

Do you feel emotionally stable enough right now in order to make sober decisions? It is very difficult when you feel overwhelmed by every aspect of your existence. However, this excruciating state is bound to pass, and you will feel more capable of asserting yourself to medical personnel.

All is not lost. Things will be better soon.

Hang in there.


- Scott


Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

 

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