I’ve been having chronic sinus infection problems for a long time. After running tests, one doctor reported that I have a cyst causing problems and a deviated septum. I was told to see a specialist (makes sense). Both times, the doctor told me I’m imagining “the sensations” of congestion and pressure, and that I have a tension headache. Even with these tests, he waved away what they said. He told me he didn’t even see a cyst! How did one place see them and report them, and someone else doesn’t?
I don’t know who to believe. I just know I’m angry and being poo-poo’d by an arrogant doctor; I know I don’t have a tension headache. I know what they are.
So now what do I do? I did get Robutessin (sp?) because someone recommended it; they took it to clear out remaining congestion after a doctor told them “nothing’s wrong”. Hopefully, it’ll help.
While I’m ranting!
Can people stop making excuses for not doing things? I was reading at lunch for a little while yesterday and 2 people looked down their nose at me and said, “I’d read, but I don’t have the time. I have kids!” Well, guess what? My parents had seven children and they both worked full time. They read every night and when we were little, part of the reading was reading to us.
I hear this excuse for everything: “I would [write, read, volunteer, teach myself, et al] but I don’t have the time. I got kids!” I know a writer who worked full time, had children and was married, and was going back to school at the same time. The deal was writing couldn’t interfere with family time, and yet, as busy as this writer was, they wrote and sold popular and critically acclaimed stories!
The moral of the story is: your kids are not keeping you from doing something if you want to do it. If it’s important to you, if you want to do it, you organize your time. If you don’t want to read a lot, just say that! (Although, I didn’t ask them if they read a lot, just like I don’t ask other amateur writers how much writing they get done. But just mention you got a story finished, and people jump in with “I’d do that if–”
And stop giving people a hard time if they are doing something in addition to marriage or a job or children etc. To quote Erma Bombeck: When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me”. That’s all any of us are trying to do: identify the talents, the gifts, we’ve been given and use them to our fullest instead of throwing the gift away unwanted and unused.
Rant over. 😉