A Recipe for Change

Previously published as a voice of ThyroidChange

Basing a diagnosis on numbers alone
Is inaccurate as patients’ symptoms have shown
Listening to how we feel
Makes much more sense, is much more real

There’s no doubt in my mind that there needs to be change
From more knowledgeable doctors to the TSH range
Treating thyroid alone is just not enough
Having to do things on your own is really quite tough

Confiding in a doctor, their response a blank stare
Makes you feel that they really don’t care
Doctors need to listen and treat the whole you
But doctors who do this are really quite few

Too many doctors seem to give up
And you end up feeling really quite stuck
Some are too quick to judge and too fast to blame
Making us feel bad shouldn’t be their aim

A good doctor should be your partner in health
Who treats you as an equal and doesn’t diminish your wealth
Health insurance should be affordable for us all
Whether we’re fat, skinny, short or tall

And I wish that they would understand
That prevention treats an illness before it gets out of hand
Paying for medications is all very well
But sometimes there are natural alternatives that don’t put us through hell

Their definition of “medical necessity” is often a crock of shit
And doesn’t correspond to reality … not even a little bit!
Their job is to balance their budget, whilst failing to balance our health
Aren’t they the lucky ones if they’re not suffering themselves?

Good health is a gift it takes work to obtain
And once we receive it, it takes work to maintain
We’d like to achieve cooperation
With endos and doctors throughout the nation(s)

Bound by Hippocratic Oath to abstain from doing harm
The number breaching this promise is cause for alarm
If you’re in the profession to help and to heal
Then I’m sure you’ll understand just how we feel

Good doctors are treasured, but I wish there were more
And so to you who will listen, this I implore:
Take heed of my words which come from the heart
Because for change to occur, we must all do our part

By Sarah Downing

My name is Sarah. I was born and grew up in England and currently live in Düsseldorf, Germany, with my fiancé Corey and my cuddly cat Biscuit. I work as a translator and writer for my own company Aardwolf Text Services (www.aardwolf.de) and I love vintage clothes and music, as well as singing karaoke.

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