A number of years ago, I found myself in a position where I needed to hire a lawyer. I did not want to go through this exercise, but it was mandated by this county’s family court. Through no decision of my own, a civilized alternative was not possible at the time. In hindsight, it is clear that both parties would have fared much better in the end, as is often the case. I didn’t want to be hiring anyone, and he really did not want the case in actuality. Oddly, that appealed to me.
I must say that I did get one profound realization from my dealings with this man. I was wrongly looking for him to give me the answer that could not be given. He just came out and stated that I needed to make a decision as to which way to go with the whole mess. How I wanted to deal with it was entirely up to me. All he could do was to help me facilitate the action, and advise the pros and cons of doing so. My life, my choice. Yes or no.
Recently I have found myself in a similar situation of choices to be made in my own regard. I am reminded of my prior legal experience while I am dealing with the medical community at large, although there is a small difference. The pros and cons of my treatment have not been investigated as thoroughly as I think they should be. As I see it, it is part of the machine that health care has become in many ways. The worst and saddest part is that along with that, the overwhelming majority of patients are not empowered enough to participate in their own health issues.
This was very clear when I went in to a EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) center locally yesterday and interviewed the doctor who runs the facility. She was surprised at the level of knowledge I had regarding cardiac artery disease, particularly how I was interpreting my test results and comparing them and developing a rationale of possible ways to go with it. This, evidently, is highly unusual.
As a result of review and basic testing, along with quite a long chat about my general history, I decided to give this non-invasive therapy a shot and see where it takes me before doing something as drastic as CABG, recommended by the hospital cardiologist. In all likelihood it will be of benefit in my case. All indicators are there. It’s an option. A choice. It’s mine.