I discovered a great forum with fantastic information about an illness. I stayed around supporting others for awhile.
I needed to leave. I wrote this to express my feelings.
I'm one of those unbearable Pollyanna people who rise in the morning with an attitude, "I'm alive, I am free, and I feel great,'" so I've only told people about my symptoms, here, for information purposes. I prefer to try not to think about them.
I am positive that life is great. I'm even more positive that I'm going to see a dedicated health professional who will care. I'm going to spend more time on my work, which I love, and stop reading the posts whereas we all absorb from others, and I need to retain my positive belief in the surgeon and hospital where I will be treated. I cannot afford to think anything other than positive thoughts. So. this post is selfishly about what I see my need right now. I wish you all the very best health available to yu., Thank you for all the valuable information that you provided me with. I need to spend more time focused on my work, (which I love) and less focused on an illness, so I'll stay out of here after this post.
They, the doctors, are human too, and that is the purpose of this post. All medically trained people, have at some stage experienced illness, or witnessed it first hand in a loved one, everyone does. Therefore they will have as much understanding as we have of suffering. These specialists are giving part of their time to leave their well paying private practice to gift some of their expertise to public patients while teaching other surgeons in the public hospital system. They will usually be working a 100 hour week.
All of the doctors working in public hospitals are putting in 100 hour weeks at low wages. The specialist doctors could have chosen only to treat high-paying private patients in their private rooms, but no, they care and see people who have opted for the free public health system.
I am so glad to hear that a surgeon has chosen good mental health and will take the school holidays off to have family time with their children and to refresh themselves, than one who worked insanely on without ever taking a break. I'd have hated to think they wouldn't take breaks from work, as everyone else does. I'm confident that once their patients have recovered after surgery that they too will see the logic that no surgeon can be expected not to take a rest, nor should they be blamed because they see public patients according to need priority.
There is a waiting list.
That list is not on a first come basis; it is on a need basis.
If you aren't seen first, it is because someone else is a lot sicker than you and is in greater need of the surgeon's care. No matter how bad or sick we feel, someone sicker is treated first in the public system.
If we don't like the way the public system works, then we buy private hospital insurance at whatever level we want to receive. But, we don't get to have our cake, (a free health service) and eat it too, (expecting privileged, buy my place in the queue ahead of more urgent cases) private hospital service if we chose the free public health system. It comes down to, struggle to pay for private health cover, or struggle with the fact that there is a priority based waiting list, if you choose the free public health system. There is no one to blame for that—certainly not the hard working doctors.
Australia has one of the finest health systems in the world. A free public system where your treatment priority will be allocated on the basis of the needs of all in that public queue, or a private system where you can purchase a set place in a queue and not lose your spot to someone in need of more urgent treatment.
I consider myself blessed to live in a country where we have such choice, and the choices we are given includes a free public health system.
I know that Pollyanna types can be a pain in the a.. to people who suffer depression. I understand than no one chooses to be depressed or worried. If I could gift my happiness, I would, but I cannot. But unhappiness is catching, and I can't stay where people aren't positive about life, even in ill health. I am a carer for someone, and I need to protect my positive mental attitude, so I cannot stay in a heath support forum. Not your fault, it's a selfish, all about what I need to remain buoyant, decision.
Take care, everyone. I do care about you all.
I will unsubscribe from this forum and get back to my work.