If I had blogged this past month, each post would have been titled "Why I Hate Doctors." After seeing numerous doctors and specialists for chronic abdominal pain, having complications with a small procedure, and ending up in the ER, I realized that I was right all these years not to trust doctors. I'm going with my gut, literally, and switching to an integrative health practice, and I feel better about it already.
Ironically, I have lived in three major medical/research areas in the country (San Diego, Boston, and now Raleigh/Durham)--surrounded by my medical mortal enemies (only a slight exaggeration). Taking a more holistic/creative approach sometimes makes me feel like I'm the odd girl out...especially in the south. I'm not sure where my quirky views and lifestyle fit here in north cackalacky, and I definitely find myself holding back for fear of saying/doing something too off-color.
I'm not used to being the craziest person around. I've always been weird, no doubt, but (aside from my opinion that childbirth is actually the most unnatural thing in the world) I don't think I'd win the prize for crazy...until now. People here don't talk about going to hippy doctors; they don't believe in astrology more than God; they don't use adjectives like "shitty"; and in reference to The Bachelor, they claim they would never kiss someone on national television. Pa-lease. They'd be lucky if I stopped there (again, only a slight exaggeration).
Maybe I need to meet weirder friends; maybe I need to accept that until more northerners keep moving down here, I'll be one of the pioneer weirdos in the south. Onward!