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Why are some people afraid of Doctors

Updated on November 6, 2008

I was born sick. My parents lived in a rural area in the Philippines and wasn't able to get me a good pediatrician. My heart disease was only discovered when I was 7 when were living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when an Iranian Doctor tried to figure out why i have been sick with the flu for over a month.

He checked my heartbeat and that was then he heard an echo. There shouldn't be any echoes. I was brought home to the Philippines again to be seen by a Pediatric Cardiologist. He was the head of the department of the hospital. He told my mom I had Patent Ductus Asteriosus (PDA). It was a minor heart condition he said but it made my life a living hell.

Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a heart problem that occurs soon after birth in some babies. In PDA, there is an abnormal circulation of blood between two of the major arteries near the heart. Before birth, the two major arteries-the aorta and the pulmonary artery-are normally connected by a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus, which is an essential part of the fetal circulation. After birth, the vessel is supposed to close within a few days as part of the normal changes occurring in the baby's circulation. In some babies, however, the ductus arteriosus remains open (patent). This opening allows blood to flow directly from the aorta into the pulmonary artery, which can put a strain on the heart and increase the blood pressure in the lung arteries.

I had to see the doctor every month. I had to take antibiotics everyday plus vitamins too. It was because my immunity system was very vunerable. I wasn't able to go thru surgery until I was 15 and life after completely changed.

So I wonder why are some people afraid to be seen by doctors. I know insurance costs so much and some people don't even have insurances, but the mere once a year health screening you should at least try to do. My best friend died 3 years ago, she too wasn't a fan of seeing doctors. So when she felt really sick 1 time she had no choice she had to see a doctor. That was when they discovered she had pancreatic cancer and was already stage 4. She died at the age of 29.

There is no easy around getting healthy. No matter what you eat, drink or do you will never find out own your own if you are healthy or not. I'm not saying all doctors are great and the best in their field, but they won't become doctors unless they actually learned something.


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