Joshua 6:5 - When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.
Do you remember the days of watching old western movies where the town is in danger of being over run by bad guys? Then the town heard the sound of the trumpet blast and just above the next rise they could see them – the cavalry coming to save the day.
We still have a modern day cavalry. They’re dressed in white coats or a shirt and a tie. They’re our doctors. Having spent years to get to the point of being able to even treat a patient, they have done much to join the rest of the cavalry.
My doctor is the cavalry coming to my aid. She may not always tell me what I want to hear, but she will tell me what I need to hear. She is a rare combination of wisdom and compassion. She’s not seeing me just because she wants to pull some more money from my insurance company. It’s easy to see that because she always takes just a few more moments than they’re allotted for each patient, to make sure I don’t have any questions or other physical problems I need help with.
But some of you may have a physician who really isn’t in your corner. They’re always in a hurry, typing into their computer, not looking up at you and only trying to pass on a new kind of medicine a sales rep just gave to them to push. If you have a doctor like that it may be time to find another.
There are still those in the medical profession who are physicians because they do care about their patients. Seek one out. Also, try to remember – your doctor works for you not the other way around regardless of what insurance you carry. If you can get a handle on that in your mind, you may be less likely to feel intimidated by them.
Find other ideas on how to feel less intimidated and see your doctor as the cavalry coming to rescue you on psychologytoday.com, in their article, “Don’t be Intimidated in the Doctor’s Office: Six Strategies.” Here are a couple of their suggestions: Take someone with you to your appointments. They will help you feel like you have an ally when speaking to the doctor. Also, let the doctor be the expert but don’t be afraid to ask questions.
With the help of the ideas mentioned in the article above, we can change our way of how we perceive our doctor. Remember, they are there to rescue you from your affliction and find you the help you need. Their words can become the trumpet that signals the battle is about to be won.
They are also the sound of comforters ready to help you learn how to live with your ailment if there is no cure for it. God knows you need that city wall, (affliction) to come down and sends rescuers to march in. And he will also help you if the doctor you see doesn’t want to be part of the army to help you. Depend on God’s direction and he will send the right help to save the day.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.