does it change your opinion when they give you health advice?
Last week I posted about a doctor who made a very blanket statement that running over 25 miles per week is not good for most people (particularly women). It messes with their hormones according to him and causes all kinds of issues. I asked if this was true even for someone who ate extremely well, drank only water, slept consistently and well generally just did all of those healthy living activities. His response was yes it’s not about those things…
Well he also took one look at my face and said “I know you runners and so just telling you not to run won’t help. I’ll go ahead and run all these tests”, blah, blah…yeah I’m withholding those details until I have actual answers. But to clarify I was not there due to fertility issues and I do believe many commenters made some very valid points about how running could overstress the body in certain situations.
MANY of you asked was this doctor a runner? Was this doctor healthy…crazy? So here is PART TWO
Now…picture this doctor as being at least 100 pounds overweight, unable to stand without wheezing, wearing glasses, bald and suffering from some sort of skin condition. I cannot lie as soon as he said “it’s healthier not to run more than 10 or so miles a week” I immediately thought I don’t know if you are the person I want healthy living advice from…I’m not proud of that. The man has a doctors degree, he is a lovely person, he listened to me, he was willing to work with me and truly I don’t care what he looks like if I get an answer, but a part of me says does he really know?
I don’t need my doctors to be all McSteamy, McDreamy or any other character from Grey’s Anatomy, but the truth is I am more likely to heed the advice of someone who seems generally healthy. Ok…bash me, agree with me…what have you. I am truly interested to know if the health/appearance of your doctor has any impact on how much stock you put in their advice?
I am grateful for the opportunity to get a second, third, fourth or whatever opinion I choose when it comes to my health. Mostly grateful I woman’ed up and went.