By : Jon Danzig
I recently told an email buddy how I closely questioned every doctor about the treatment I would receive for my recently diagnosed acromegaly. This is what she emailed back to me just days before I was due to fly out to Erlangen in Germany for an operation to remove the tumour from my pituitary:
"I hope above all that you can feel completely trusting and relaxed about the medical team who will attend to your operation and your recovery. It is no good if you keep on challenging them. There are times when you have to select the people who you feel are the best professionals and then let them get on with it. Have you ever thought that your apprehension and antagonism may be part of the condition? You will not get yourself any better by 'doing battles' with doctors."
Oh, that got to me! And I felt that I had to reply with some of my own experiences about what has happened with me. Because, on the eve of flying to Germany for my operation, I find myself in disagreement so much of my buddy's advice.