Thankful for modern medicine

You may have noticed in my previous posts that I’m very much into preventive medicine and holistic health. Too often I believe that doctors want to give us a pill or a quick fix instead of other more comprehensive solutions. I regularly go to a chiropractor and an acupuncturist. Other than my annual physical, I don’t go to the doctor very often. I generally don’t believe in flu shots and I have my doubts about many other vaccines. (I ended up getting the flu vaccine while pregnant but not because I believe in it or even wanted it.) Anyway, all of this may make it seem like I’m anti-medicine or anti-doctors. This is far from the truth. I believe we should all take responsibility for our own health. We should try to make good decisions and treat our bodies well. I think we should be able to make informed decisions. All of that being said, there are plenty of things that happen that are out of our control. I know that we can’t prevent everything and when sickness strikes, we’ll do just about anything to get well again. This is especially true when Brooks is sick. I will do anything to make him better. We’ve been known to take him to the pediatrician multiple times per ailment. In cases like that I believe we should still ask questions and make informed decisions but I’m also grateful that we have the resources that we do.

Just in the last few months I have been reminded of the importance of good healthcare. From the birth of my niece, to my brother’s health scare, to our ear infections, my father-in-law’s open hearth surgery, and now the challenges two of my friends are dealing with regarding their children, I can’t help but be extremely grateful for access to amazing doctors, world class hospitals, and medicines that together have and will continue to save the lives of people that I love.

To the doctors out there, thank you. I can’t imagine being in school that long, and dedicating so much time to one field, but I’m so grateful that you did.

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