Saturday, 2 April 2011
Are we now at a point where, if a child accidentally bumps into another child, the police will visit and begin a full-blown investigation? I think the Chief Constable needs to send a letter out to the community asking them to grow up.
There’s only one word to describe this – ridiculous.
Image above created by Daneboe
This guy found out all about his medical condition after surfing the Web. He had no choice apparently because none of the medics he’d gone to seemed interested in exploring the possibilities. I’m not defending them to the hilt and this young man had every right to be concerned and discover for himself what was going on but, again, I’m sure we’re not getting the full story.
The average GP is busy. Let’s face it, they have hundreds of patients to deal with and a lot of nonsense to get through, just like we do in the ambulance service. Tests would have been carried out I’m sure. The docs probably found nothing untoward and that’s why he got ‘fobbed off’.
He was found to have POTS but it’s not all as clear-cut as the newspaper is trying to make out. In the same Wiki article you will find this statement: POTS can be difficult to diagnose. A routine physical examination and standard blood tests will not indicate POTS.
The guy was unlucky enough to have been seen and ‘fobbed off’ by doctors under a lot of pressure and no time to go tilt-table testing. Arguably, they could just have laid him down and then sat him up, testing his heart rate and blood pressure changes as they did so but this is not a very scientific way of diagnosing anything, so they probably did all the tests they were required to do and considered his condition to be anomalous.
Lots of things are going undiagnosed every day by doctors. Forgetting that they are human and very often unable to spend the quality time they could with each patient is a major mistake to make. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of research and suggestion to see if you can move things along for yourself but be wary of online ‘facts’. Even Wiki informs us all that it cannot guarantee the accuracy and validity of its articles without proper source references that can be checked.