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  1. I am a doctor with a doctor phobia because I have recurrent retinal detachment (amongst other things). I can with reasonable certainty assure you that being a doctor makes my phobia 10x worse. I know, word for word, exactly what you are talking about.

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow! I thought doctors were super-beings who had perfect health and never a vulnerable moment. At least that’s what I’ve built up in my mind. It helps to know they’re also human. Thank you.

  2. I am a nurse with a medical system phobia, Laurie, so I can relate. I have gotten more reserved about handing over my body for analysis as the years have passed. My primary care provider at this point in my life is a wonderful acupuncturist and I turn to her more and more for my health issues with wonderful results. Doesn’t mean I don’t have a marvelous doctor who I trust and who partners with me on the western medicine team but I am a minimalist when it comes to invasive testing and imaging. The evidence does not support an annual physical exam and unfortunately the medical system will probably not do away with it in my lifetime. Trust your gut! You are right on track.

    • Laurie Stone

      Molly, Wow, its wonderful to hear a medical person say this. I love the term ‘minimalist’ when it comes to physical exams. I never understand people who are always in and out of the doctor’s office, mostly with small things. That would drive me crazy. Thanks so much.

  3. Haha….I’m not there all the time, but when I do go to the Doctor’s office I’m the one who agrees to every intern, student, etc. I want to help out, but it’s starting to give me a complex.

    • Laurie Stone

      Forgot to mention that! Interns and people “witnessing” make me really nervous. Its bad enough with just a doctor, let alone a room full of people seeing how paranoid I am.

  4. Oh, Laurie, you and I should never be allowed in a medical facility at the same time–our joint anxiety might bring the whole place down. I’m a terrible–or actually a very good–hypochondriac and when the doctor greets me with “How are you?” the first thing I think is “Why are you asking that? What do you know that you’re not telling me?” My wildly inaccurate diagnoses are legendary. I leave the exam from every one of my doctors with the same instructions: “Don’t read anything on the internet!”

    • Laurie Stone

      Lee, I’m beginning to think we’re twins separated at birth. We’re so much alike! I’m laughing in hysterics at your comment. I think my doctor sees me coming and runs.

  5. I’m afraid of the Dentist Laurie and always have been. I can’t stand the noise of the drill whirring away at high pitch. At least you are overcoming your fear and keeping up the health checks which are so important. Does your Dr not give you a sweet for being a good patient at the end of the visit?:)

    • Laurie Stone

      Sue, I like the idea of a sweet at the end, but escaping to my car is my best reward. I totally get the dentist thing and even the sound of that drill gives me the willies!

  6. I’m a dental therapist that hates going to the dentist. I also only go to the doctor when I’m sick and now I work for a surgeon! I think I have avoidance issues too 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, Interesting how many medical people say they also fear the doctor. I would think they’d be fine with it. Maybe its a human thing. It makes us all feel vulnerable.

  7. I’m not actually too bad with doctors, for the most part, as long as no one is trying to take blood or insert a canula (have had bad experiences), but I’ve always been nervous with opticians as very squeamish about eyes.

    • Laurie Stone

      I think with me, its the what-if? I don’t like people examining me, looking for problems. The whole thing makes me squeamish!

  8. I love this. I appreciate your braveness and coming forward and sharing it. Because I know the bottom line is if doctors aren’t our fear – – we all have a fear. It’s the great equalizer of humanity

    • Laurie Stone

      Carla, I agree when you say fear is the great equalizer. I always feel better when I face my fears, rather than let them define me.

    • Laurie Stone

      Rachel, I’m always afraid they’re going to find some horrible, life-changing thing! Can’t help it.

  9. I dont like going to the doctor’s much…. I think they almost always find something wrong with you, or some are just without scruples like that you go for a routine check up and end up requiring expensive tests scans and even surgery…….
    ~B

  10. Pia

    Have your eye doctor show you a 3D picture of a retina with real problems. Then have the doctor show you yours. For some reason that took some fear of all doctor’s visits away. I’m going to ask for a copy of mine and frame it as it will make a great print people will love!
    But I just had my first surgery, not counting dental surgeries which were always walks in the park to me. The surgery–totally elective (sorta)–eyelid surgery was a month ago today. My eyes are still itchy and in parts still swollen. But from my nose up I look like I did 15 years ago so I’m happy

    • Laurie Stone

      Pia, Any surgery sounds very daunting. I’m glad your eyelid procedure worked out. Lots of people have done that and are very happy.

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