You should always get a second opinion. They say that opinions are like wiggly toes, some people seem to wiggle their toes more often than others. Doctors just have really big wiggly toes, so when they move them about, we seem to notice and remember them more. They also went to school to learn how to wiggle their toes, they are experts in the act of toe wiggling, some even see them as toe wiggling gods.
Toe wiggling and opinions are similar in that most everyone has the ability to wiggle their toes, if not toes then perhaps their nose. What I know is that they call it a second opinion because everything your doctor just told you was his or her opinion. Doctors are people, they’re human and during the course of their practice they make mistakes. It’s important when we make mistakes that we learn from them, since doctors are still practicing they are constantly making mistakes, learning and becoming better healers. By getting a second opinion you can reduce the chance that you become one of your doctor’s mistakes. His mistakes may make him a better healer, but surely it will impair your quality of life.
More than a second opinion, what is your opinion? You have one, just like all the wiggly toes. Sure your opinion might not be rooted in your doctor’s reality, but that’s fine, the only reality you can know is your own. After all is said and done it is you and not the doctor who has to deal with the effects of his treatment plan.
In the quest for personal advocacy your opinion is the most important. It is more valuable than a first or second opinion, it is more important than your spouse’s, your children’s or anyone else’s thoughts about what you should do. You and you alone must make all of the sacrifices, everyone else can bow out at anytime.
The importance of acknowledging your opinion is that it does two things. One, it reminds you that your opinion, thoughts and feelings matter. Two, it ensures that you have made your decision with informed consent. The last thing you want in this process is buyer’s remorse, especially when it comes to your life.
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