A colleague has a son who’s a little younger than me. Married, two small children. He had a numbness at the top of his spine. Went to the hospital and was told that it’s either terminal cancer or a stress-induced inflammation. And to come back in 3 months when they hope to be able to know for sure.
Where I come from, doctors would never say something like this. They’d conceal a terminal diagnosis from a patient until the very last because a terrified patient is less likely to have the energy to battle the disease. In the next three months, my colleague’s son will eat his heart out, worrying about whether he’s dying. His wife and children will suffer. The 70-year-old mom with a heart condition will suffer. Why do something like this? What’s the medical rationale for terrorizing a person like this? Whatever the man’s life expectancy is, these doctors have needlessly robbed him of 3 months of normal life.
And if it turns out to be nothing, what are the chances this guy will go get checked out in the future if he feels ill?
This all happens because the medical establishment in this country doesn’t accept that there’s any connection between psychological and physical sides of human beings. As if the body and the soul (psyche, nervous system, whatever you call it) living in it never communicated.