Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Drug-addled Ranting ahead

I've given myself a giant gold star for yesterday: I stayed awake all day long, even on the full dose of Lyrica. I really considered not blogging and napping instead, but I thought it would be more fun to record my mentally incapacitated thoughts, even if typing and shit was really challenging.





Lyrica is a weird drug because it makes you feel that groggy "just woke up" in the morning all the time, so you keep thinking that some caffeine will clear your head. No matter how much Coke I drank, my head stayed foggy. It's OK though, at least I got to drink a lot of Coke.


Nope

Maybe it's all the sugar from the Coke, but now I feel the need to share a rant with everyone.

Do you know what's not inspiring? Ignoring doctor's advice or trying to "prove the doctors wrong" by continuing to do whatever activity they told you stop. I don't know why it's inspiring for people to keep running when doctors tell them to stop but if someone keeps smoking when doctors tell them to stop, then that's just dumb and selfish.

In general, doctors know what the fuck they are talking about. If you don't think your doctor knows his or her shit, then find a new doctor. That doesn't mean to just shop around until you find a doctor who tells you what you want to hear. If one doctor says what you want to do is a good idea and 10 other doctors tell you it's an awful and self-destructive idea, then you need to not be an idiot. Cherry picking information to support what you want to believe is the epitome of dumbassery.


If Google was a guy


The fine point that some people seem to miss is that there is a big difference between a doctor telling you that you shouldn't do something versus the doctor telling you that you can't do something. Also, just because you ignore the doctor's advice and nothing awful happens right away, that doesn't prove that you're right. You know who is usually right in the long run? Doctors.




So yes, reading blogs and knowing people who are running against the doctor's orders ticks me off. There is an element of "Why aren't you doing it too?" to it, or perhaps I'm projecting. I'm sure if I really shopped around, I could find a doctor or surgeon who would tell me that I could run again, or I could just say "Fuck it" and run again despite everything I've been told. I'd probably be fine...for a while. When I see people flouting their doctor's orders to not run and nothing awful happens to them right away and they credit vitamins, determination and/or Jesus, it makes a part of me wonder if I could be an exception too. Too bad that nothing is ever that easy.




The hard part is that even on drugs that make me stupid, I can't lie to myself about how everything would be just fine if I started doing almost daily high impact activities again. I'm really good at lying to myself too, which really makes me wonder about people that I know who don't follow their doctor's recommendations. Yes, not running sucks. Do you know what else sucks? Surgery and not being able to take care of my own kids. I don't know about those other people, but I'm trying to avoid that for as long as possible and a hobby isn't worth accelerating that timeline.


One of the reasons I don't run


On an mostly unrelated note, several people suggested that I should consider race walking after Saturday's 6 Hour race. I've never actually seen someone race walking in real life (just mocking videos of them on YouTube) but I'm pretty sure they walk super fast, not just my "walking like I have to pee and there is a bathroom right ahead" style of walking. I did get the news yesterday that they amended the official results and now my official distance for the six hours is 25.2 miles, which makes me happier than the 24.97. I guess this means I can no longer say "Jesus, you could WALK a marathon in six hours." Not that I would ever say anything that snobby, nope not me.





Join in my ranting. How much do people who think they know better than doctors piss you off? Feel free to include people who don't vaccinate their kids. Measles is a thing again, thanks a lot assholes.

46 comments:

  1. I think these people are also the same ones who insist on coming to work when they're really sick. I'm not talking a cold -- I'm talking strep throat, stomach virus, and the way things are going, Ebola. Assholes, every one of them. Add to that the parents who send their kids to school sick and you've got an asshole superbowl.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hate those people so much. Then the next week everyone has strep or stomach flu and I'm trying to bathe in sanitizer hourly.

      Delete
  2. I recently got in a facebook fight with a former coworker who posted that old horseshit "cancer update" that, says doctors don't want you to know that chemo doesn't work and you should really just eat more vegetables to cure your cancer. It was the most infuriating (and futile) exchange I've ever had in my life because her whole argument was BIG PHARMA and SHEEPLE.
    "Skeptic," apparently, now refers to somone who distrusts science but belives in reflexology.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have nothing to add other than I love the word sheeple

      Delete
    2. Loy of goddamn typos there, just indicates how passionate I am about this topic. And I'm on my phone.

      Delete
    3. ugh people who blame 'big pharma' are idiots... as someone who has worked for big and small pharma i can tell you first hand, it's not ONLY about the money. from the top to the bottom, people care about other people.

      Delete
    4. Even if were only about the money, a cure for cancer would be worth a whole lot of money. Of course, then people would just say it causes autism.

      Delete
  3. This post would have been better if you named names.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. +26.00000 because I'm nosy and REALLY want to know which blogs you're talking about.

      Delete
    2. adding my name to this list, bc hoping you'll email back and reveal the name :)

      Delete
  4. Daily. Daily. But on a different level. "But I've worn my contacts continuously for 6 years and nothing has happened until now!" "oh, I shouldn't rinse my lenses with my spit?", Eye roll, eye roll, eye roll. I'm not sure how I keep control of my eyes rolling in front of them, but somehow I do.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This drives me bonkers as well. I've just started saying, "well, you are stupid". At least now I have the story about the woman whose eye/cornea was eaten by an amoeba because she didn't take her's out.

      Delete
    2. exactly!! patients must think I'm a huge bitch when I lecture on lens wear, but are you fucking kidding me?

      Delete
  5. You know, Diana and I had this exact conversation on Saturday after the "they told me I'd never run again but I did 12 races" blah blah speech. Maybe I'M projecting, but I felt really, REALLY defensive after hearing that.

    ReplyDelete
  6. From the headline I was expecting a rant that didn't make sense. But you are making perfect sense.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Pertussis, too. Because if there isn't a link between MMR and autism, the smart thing to do is start rejecting all vaccines willy-nilly.

    I think for runners (anyone, really, but something about a sport where you get better by doing what you've been doing a zillion more times) it's easy to lose sight of exactly what you've said: for most of us, it's a hobby. And for someone like me, who isn't terribly genetically gifted at running, were I to be obsessive to the point of injuring my health, I'd be doing it... to finish in the middle of the pack at a local half.

    ReplyDelete
  8. People love the movie Steel Magnolias it drives me crazy. Shelby is advised by doctors not to have children because her body cannot handle it. She acts against medical advice and has a child. She goes into some sort of organ failure ends up in a coma and dies. She leaves a widow and little Jack without his mother. In the alternative she could have fostered / adopted children, hired a surrogate - I believe there is some line from her husband about buying a child, and lived. I mean really what was so great about her genes anyway?? Do not get me wrong, the acting in the movie is lovely but the premise makes me nuts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. this is a perfect leson: don't follow doctor's orders and you die. Simple.

      I admit that movie makes me cry every single damn time. Poor little Jack.

      Delete
    2. I'm a fan of Steele Magnolias, so I gotta chime in - she did try adoption, but they wouldn't adopt to someone with her medical conditions. NOT that that excuses her stupid choice (which I agree was a stupid choice), of course. They could have bought a baby easily, but for some reason, she chose to be stupid. I do love that M'Lynn lays into her about it. :)
      Sorry - had to chime in.

      Delete
  9. Eh, that was pretty coherent, and I agree with you. I can think of a couple of blogs, though I have no idea if they're the same ones. They're not brave, they're stupid. It also makes me think of people who self-diagnose highly inconvenient allergies (gluten, eggs, etc) and never, ever, actually get it confirmed by someone with a medical degree.

    Or the pregnant people who cherry pick what they can and can't do. I can drink a couple ounces of wine but I CANNOT VACUUM because it will put my hips out of alignment and hurt ma bae.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I actually have an uncle right now who is doctor shopping to find someone to fix his tracheotomy. It's so frustrating because he is basically going to kill himself since he thinks that he knows more than doctors. It's wonderful. People are stupid.

    ReplyDelete
  11. "When I see people flouting their doctor's orders to not run and nothing awful happens to them right away and they credit vitamins, determination and/or Jesus, it makes a part of me wonder if I could be an exception too. "

    Sounds like you've been spending time in the Stuft Mama thread on GOMI!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. +26 I am much more inspired by you, than I am by that cheeseless pizza freak. I don't want to live in a world with cheeseless pizza!

      Delete
    2. As someone with congenital hip dysplasia who wound up getting a total hip replacement at a youngish age, I used to seethe about this when I'd read her blog. Now I don't. I get concerned that she does too much and eats the most disgusting looking shit but the hip thing...I get it and sure wish I could have run longer on my bone-grinding nubs.

      Delete
  12. As I'm sure you are well aware of I feel like it's the same thing with all these natural childbirth people. If you don't want drugs, go for it, but please stop acting like doctors spend 10 years of their lives studying medicine so they can lie awake at night and evil laugh about how they are going to give you an unnecessary C-section. Call me naïve, but I think anything my doctor recommends is going to be in our best interests. Because she went to medical school, and I have google. One of these things is not like the other.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Truth, I had 3 scheduled C-sections and people ALWAYS question my Dr.'s judgment or say they should have done x, y, or z. My uterus was misshaped and all of my babies were breech and there was no external version that would have changed that. It's like if you can't send out your birth announcement with #naturalbirth you have failed as a woman.

      All I can say is #likeavirgin, you go on with your #naturalbirthgap I'm good.

      Delete
  13. i think this woman i know has a stupid doctor, so it's not quite the same as going against doctor's orders, but she's really stupid and i want to rant about it, so there's that:

    she just had a baby less than two weeks ago. early on in her pregnancy, she had something happen that meant she had to stop working out for a few weeks and then was only allowed to walk. so she got up at like 4 am and powerwalked about every day. she gained a total of FIVE POUNDS over the course of her pregnancy, thanks to very restrictive eating and her daily powerwalking (she was probably borderline underweight to begin with--certainly on the low end of normal). when she was diagnosed with IUGR, she finally agreed to stop working out (but panicked about the possible weight gain this would entail #fitpregnancy). she ended up LOSING weight after she quit working out, although thankfully the baby gained a bit. she had a c-section less than two weeks ago and has already signed up for 2 10Ks in october and a half marathon in december. after not running a step for MONTHS and just having a c-section. i actually had to talk her down from signing up for a half in october. maybe i'm just being overdramatic, but it seems like a great way to injure yourself to jump right back into running like that after the way her pregnancy went.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Need MOAR posts where you're high as a kite!

    What bugs me about the anti vax folks I "know" via blogging is that they always claim to have done a ton of research but they're the type of person who probably struggled through basic statistics in community college. I know that's elitist of me. And then some of these people make fun of people who don't believe in evolution and are anti-science. Wait, what?

    I also found it kinda funny that our pediatrician gave me literature on why I should vaccinate my son, but I guess they now have to convince people.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I can't stand the people who are too good to take drugs. Even for a headache. "Oh, I don't put those things in my body." Fuck you, bet you'd take penicillin and shit if you had an infection. I get the whole big pharma argument and I don't think there's a pill for everything, but there are pills for a lot of things that without which you'd have zero quality of life. Or no life at all because you stuck a gun in your mouth. Right up there with the people who are all "Oh, I don't watch TV. Don't have cable. Don't even own a television." Fuckers.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't have cable but I have internet and I sure watch a lot of tv online :)

      Delete
    2. I don't have TV. That's why I have time to run a lot AND read Kara's blog.

      Delete
  16. I had a friend who band wagoned onto running after a couple of our classmates started. She wouldn't train but would attempt long distance races. She obviously ended up injuring herself during the Boston Marathon (the year the explosions happened, she was pulled off the course at mile 10). She went to a doc the same week as Boilermaker (hilly 10 mile race in upstate New York) and he told her to stop running immediately. Of course she didn't. Instead she went to facebook and wrote this post about how she was going to stop AFTER the race. It made me so ragey I had to hide her status updates.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh this friend sounds like a real treat!

      Delete
  17. I'm a vet and there are a lot of people out there who think "dr. google" is the end all. Also we have problems with anti-vaccinators for pets too. One of my patients died last week b/c they didn't get her puppy shots done (parvo virus).

    ReplyDelete
  18. I get a kick out of the people who play Dr. Google or have the god complex of they know all. My sister in law does this, she worked in a cardiologists office and because of that, she knows all the answer to any medicine and anything medical, like she is the doctor. Yet that is why she is in poor health right now because she didn't listen to her dr.'s in the first place and may be going blind because of it. Not all doctors are great, but the majority of them are and they didn't pay all that money and put all that time into school for shits and giggles.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you for this post...it's so nice to see someone with some common sense in the blog world! I had knee surgery a month ago and like you was told that it would be stupid for me to run or do high impact activities in the future. I mean, I physically could run once I've fully recovered but it's totally not worth it given how badly I could screw my body up. It sucks but it's not the end of the world and I'd much rather stop running than walk like an 80 year old in my 30s or have to undergo more surgery. You're doing the right thing for yourself and your family--ignore those bloggers who are wrecking their bodies for another stupid medal!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I started my journey into the world of not turning into an overweight diabetic like my family by race walking. I even became a coached. And my PR at the full marathon is 6 hrs and 35 mins. You are a badass with your jacked up back. :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm late to this post but I just want to insert a gif of some women with her hands over her head waving them in the air like she just don't care saying "PREEEEach". I have no cartilage in my knees (or what little is left looks like broken fiberglass). I knew running was pretty much out but love biking and swimming and asked my ortho if I could run -- was thinking of doing a sprint distance triathlon. I knew his answer already and knew my doctor well so am not offended at all when without skipping a beat he said "Absolutely not, not with those knees." I ran at one point in my life but loved tennis more, but eh, no thanks. Not worth it.

    Other people above already touched in on it but yes I whole heartedly agree: Medical doctors (MDs not snake oil salesman) spend years and years studying and learning their profession. I really think they have better things to do than to spend their days being paid to be "naysayers." Me thinks that when an MD (or other QUALIFIED medical professional) says "I don't recommend you do X,Y, Z" that there is something behind what they are saying. Me thinks doctors ain't got time for that (being naysayers).

    ReplyDelete
  22. I really love this rant, and I really want to know names, because I am the nosiest person alive. I hate when people ignore medical advice. Or along similar lines "well my aunt susie's youngest aunts sister's brother's girlfriend had something similar and she ignored the doctor and even though her leg fell of, she is FINE, so I'll ignore the doctor too.

    Anyway, a ultra runner friend of mine was talking to me about race walking, and how if done right, it's just as fast as running. She showed me while we were out on a run, and hot damn, I could barely keep up. Apparently there are bunches of articles she's read and if you're interested I can find out more from her.

    ReplyDelete
  23. My favorite is when people claim to cure their infertility by taking snakeoil vitamins for like a month.

    I don't always want to listen to my doctors when they say don't do this and avoid that but sometimes you just have to listen and believe they know what they are saying.

    ReplyDelete