Keeping an open mind about Indian doctors

In a followup to my how do I find a non-India Indian type doctor post, I can report that I met with my new Indian (India) oncologist today and I can understand him and he seems interested in helping me and indicates he will give my problems a thorough study. He talked with me, and my wife, for a long time.

While my frustration has been real after dealing with two previous doctors from that mystical place half way round the world, I appreciate whatever they may have done to help me. And I am willing to give it a try one more time.

Apparently there is more motivation and brain power available on the Indian subcontinent than in the United States right now when it comes to medicine – no offense to our existing homegrown medical professionals intended.

I went most of my life without having to deal with doctors – only a few exceptions. What I have come to believe after being diagnosed in June of 2007 with a form of cancer known as Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia or WM (a non-Hodgkins lymphoma) is that it is up to you as a patient to make sure your doctors (primary and specialists) are willing and able to communicate with you. Far better to take a chance and get second, third and so on opinions than be railroaded into treatments you do not fully understand the consequences of.  And I quickly add that I am not saying exactly that such has been the case with me. I’m just saying be picky about doctors. It’s your life.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that the number of opinions you get will likely correspond to the number of doctors you talk to.

While I stand by what I said in a previous post (s) about Indian doctors, I am obviously seeing yet another one and am keeping an open mind.

P.s.

For my WM fans, I plan to do a post soon to update you on my condition. But if you scroll down on this blogsite to the long post entitled: “The great Indian doctor quandary” you will get a fairly good and up-to-date-rundown. Or just click onto WM at the right side of this page under categories.

(copyright 2009)

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