I recently had a conversation with my mother about locating the right doctors and health practitioners. She is diabetic, and even certain foods that are supposedly safe and healthy for diabetics cause her blood sugar to spike. She has mentioned this to countless doctors, but they have simply disregarded what she has told them, as if they do not believe she truly understands her own body.
What my mother needs, she concluded, is a doctor or dietician who understands the significance and credibility of her knowledge and wisdom. She needs a practitioner who is willing to listen.
At times, it seems as though doctors apply a one-size-fits-all mentality to treating their patients. It is as if, when a patient’s experience does not precisely match what the doctor believes to be true, the doctor immediately assumes that the patient’s assessment of his or her experience is meaningless or uninformed.
And patients – even those who deeply trust the wisdom of their bodies – often begin to doubt themselves when faced with the disbelief of medical practitioners. But we should not feel guilty for challenging practitioners who disregard what we know to be true about ourselves. And we don’t need medical degrees to know what we feel and experience. It is important, therefore, that we trust our bodies and their wisdom and seek out practitioners who will do the same.