What I learned from a TV doctor

Sometimes no news is better than any news. When you are given an inconclusive report, rather than a definitive test result showing you have a diagnosis, this can be better. It shows you that you do not have all the things that indicate a specific condition.  Essentially, you have avoided a condition or circumstance that could change your life. This way, your life stays the same. No news can be easier.

Today I realized that the knowledge you gain from watching television only goes so far. I had to take my kid to the pediatrician. He has a weird infection on his gums that flares up without cause. We’ve been to numerous doctors, dentists, an oral surgeon, a periodontist, an ear-nose-&-throat specialist and on today’s stop, the pediatrician. The pediatrician suggested this inflammation could be systemic of a few different auto immune diseases. Rare, unlikely, but he may have sarcoidosis.

“Oh yeah?” I say, a bit enthusiastically.

“Are you familiar with sarcoidosis?” he asks.

“A bit,” I answer. I know how to spell it. Just the way it sounds. Then nodding I say, “I know the term.” As though this is all-encompassing knowledge. It’s as if I know the term, the terminology, the history, the background, the reality, the permutations. I have this strange ability to say ‘yes’ to someone when I mean ‘Yes, go on. I am listening’ but people interpret this as ‘Yes, I totally understand and probably know more than you. Get to a part where you are telling me something that I don’t know.’

“So you understand what the conditions is and how it presents?” the doctor asks.

And then I realize my knowledge is all spent. “Well, no,” I answer. “I’ve heard the term on TV. A medical show.”

“Oh.” He looks at me. “You mean House, or Grey’s Anatomy?”

I am a heel. He is absolutely correct. “Something like that.”

“It’s very unlikely he has sarcoidosis,” he tells me.

Doctor #11 and Amy with new TARDIS

The doctor we saw did not travel in a police box, but his knowledge was vast. (Photo credit: ChocolateFrogs)

I am relieved. A strange diagnosis could be a diagnosis but a non-diagnosis means he does not have what he could have. Cryptic, yes. Reassuring? mostly.  

Sometimes no news is better than any news.


5 thoughts on “What I learned from a TV doctor

  1. Get well wishes to your son. It sucks being sick with something especially when you don’t know what it is. On House every condition presented as sarcoidosis at some point before being ruled out (I loved that show). Loved the Lego humor!

    • Thanks for your thoughts.

      Everyone on House *was* diagnosed with sarcoidosis at some point, so it was a poignant moment for me when the pediatrician mentioned this.

      Dr. Who is also a helpful fellow.

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