Wednesday July 29, 2009
Wanted: Patients Who Practice DIY Medicine!
Some fresh survey data (Canadian Institute for Health Information) suggests Canadians, by the by, believe they can easily access primary health care when they need it. Despite this, “orphan patients” – people without a doctor, and unable to find one – are growing in number. This season, White Coat, Black Art promises to be squarely in the corner of orphan patients. And we’d love to hear what you have to say about it. In particular…
Do It Yourself Medicine: Have YOU Done it Yourself?
Maybe that cut on your forehead isn’t as bad as your buddy says it is, so you’ll just take care of it yourself. Maybe you broke a toe, and you figure “I’ll just tape it up and not move it for a few weeks.” Maybe you’ve chosen to give birth at home, on your own, without professional help. Or you’ve self-diagnosed a condition, and determined your own course of treatment. Or you know someone who’s invented a rather impressive medical tool that can perform some a medical miracle, if only they could register that patent!
How about it? What are your DIY medicine stories? Email us your tales at email@example.com. We'll post the best DIY stories on our new season of WCBA and on our blog. If we choose your story, it may well end up on our show.
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Previous Comments (2)
I bit into a popcorn kernel a few years ago and chipped off a chunk of a bottom incisor. It was late Saturday night and I knew I wouldn't be able to get it smoothed until the next day, but it felt very sharp to my tongue. Since my roomate and I did quite a bit of woodworking at the time (and watched a lot of Red Green on TV), I got some wet and dry sandpaper (400 grit), stuck it in my mouth and sanded the sharp edge until it felt OK. The next day, the emergency dentist I went to took a look at it, put down his arms, leaned back and asked me if someone had already worked on the tooth. I told him the truth and saw his assistant suppressing laughter behind her mask. He ended up not doing much more and charged me $50 for the visit. The next time I chipped a tooth, I sanded it a bit and just waited for my next regularly scheduled appointment. I'm sure lots of middle-aged "handy" men who do work around the house get the idea to "fix" themselves when they injure themselves. And it might be more prevalent in the US where lots of those kinds of guys don't have health insurance. Incidentally, if you want harrowing stories of self-surgery, read some sailing stories about guys who've sailed around the world by themselves. Yikes!Andy Schoenhofer, August 19, 2009 1:38 PM
I think that while there are certainly limits to the medical and health-related procedures one can conduct on oneself, I think orphaned patients (and those who don't want to bother their doctor, don't want to wait a month to see their doctor, don't want to face ER waiting times etc. etc.) are doing internet research to find out more about their problems and get some relief.
This includes in a family member's case - after going to chiropractors, doctors, etc. - finding out that severe body aches, skin problems and lots of other quite serious problems could be due to magnesium deficiency. Taking magnesium is doing wonders.
In my case, I didn't address my own health concern, but did through tenacious research find out what was wrong with my cat and treated it myself. I won't go into details on that, however!
Love this show - the honesty, the truth - it's amazing. Thank you so very much for the uncompromising, surprising and genuine look inside our health care system.Treena Hein, September 2, 2009 5:26 PM